Security Management for Humanitarians


Security Management for Humanitarians

Given the insecure and often rapidly changing environments in which aid agencies work, safety and security management is not an optional extra.

This five-day intensive course will enable participants to identify the key requirements for managing security in complex emergencies and conflict zones by practicing essential techniques in risk management, security assessment and crisis response. The course draws on field case studies, the current humanitarian environment and the security management practices used by humanitarian bodies internationally.

The content of the course is aligned to the National Occupational Standards (UK) in Security Management as well as the InterAction Minimum Operating Security Standards and builds on the ECHO Security Training Modules.

The course was fully reviewed in early 2019 and has thus been adjusted to include all of the leatest security concepts and thinking. The course includes some pre-course learning activities and reading and also provides select slides and resources to participants after the training has finished.


What does the course cover?

  • Environmental scanning

  • Organisational and Context Analysis

  • In depth security risk management sessions; threat, vulnerability and mitigation

  • Application of risk standards and models

  • Duty of care and external stakeholders

  • Incident response, analysis, reporting and information management

  • Security strategies, policy and planning

  • Skills and resources required to implement a security plan

  • Crisis management

  • Team management through security programming

  • Practical considerations of operational security management

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key security management skills and their use in relation to setting and achieving programme goals when managing humanitarian emergencies

  • Work effectively in reviewing and enhancing security management practice and procedures in the field

  • Staff management and personal performance and that of others in relation to security in emergencies

  • Communicate effectively to different audiences in the humanitarian field 


RedR UK is an HPass accredited organisation. Our courses adhere to HPass quality standards of best practice in humanitarian learning and assessment.

To find out more, please follow the link onto the HPass website.

How much does this course cost?

Organisation Earlybird: $1,350 *

Organisation Standard: $1500


* Receive 10% off the course fee when booking at least one month before the start of the training i.e. 9th August 2019

We can also offer discount to individuals looking to book that are not current employees or do not have affiliation to a professional body. Please contact us directly to discuss these potential discounts.


Who should attend?

This course is aimed at security managers, field programme managers, or HQ staff with responsibility for security or risk management. It is also appropriate for staff with a strategic /organisation responsibility for security or those preparing for deployment to insecure areas.


Course Structure:

Registration is from 8.45 am in the first day.  Training each day will run from 9 am and conclude at approximately 5:30 pm.

From the second day, each training day begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Each day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and group work. The trainer will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of the humanitarian sector.


Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. There are 2 Scholarship places available on all UK-run courses, which cover the full course fee cost.

For more information including required criteria and how to apply, please visit our website or email

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RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.


Course Overview

Course Length
5 days
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