Security Management for Humanitarians (with credit-rated option)


Security Management for Humanitarians (with credit-rated option)

Course Description:

This course is a joint initiative by RedR UK and RedR Australia.

The Security Management for Humanitarians (SMH) Online course has been created (2021) to ensure RedR can continue to deliver this vital training in a complex global environment and be able offer the course to international humanitarian organisations based around the world. Our Face-to-Face course was revamped in 2019 to include the latest theories and methods in security thinking and terminology – updated to address the evolving security environment and emerging risks.

This online version will be delivered through a combination of live facilitated sessions, group forums and engaging activities using multiple purpose-built training platforms. The course will culminate in two intense and immersive activities i.e., the online Simulation (module 6) and the Panel Exercise (module 8) that offer great opportunity to reinforce participants learning and training experience.

Course objectives - by the end of the training participants will be able to:

• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key security management skills (including risk management, situational analysis, assessment, plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation, continuity and crisis planning and leadership).

• Practice these skills in relation to setting and achieving programme goals when managing humanitarian emergencies.

• Demonstrate that you can work effectively in reviewing and enhancing security management practice and procedures to support programmes and staff in the field.

• Reflect and evaluate on personal performance and the performance of others in relation to security in emergencies and improving practice.

• Communicate effectively to different audiences in the field of humanitarian practice using appropriate media.

What does the course cover?

• Security Environment

• Security Frameworks

• Diversity/ Inclusive Security

• Context Analysis and Mapping

• Risk Analysis and Mitigation

• Risk Thresholds and Security Strategies

• Standard Operating Procedures

• Contingency Planning

• Incident/ Crisis Management

• Reporting and Information Management

• Responding to crisis

• Operational security - managing people, site security, vehicles, communications, remote programming.


Additionally, we will be assisting participants to practice many critical soft skills for example, communication and coordination, research and analytical skills, teamwork and management skills, composure and decision making under duress.

Course structure

This course is a blended learning programme comprising the following:

  • Eight modules, each an online facilitated session of 3.5 hours.
  • Up to one hour of asynchronous solo learning (homework/ reading) before each taught module.
  • Up to five hours of an offline group project that would be presented at end of course.

Total participant time commitment required: 40 hours.


The 8 facilitated sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on 1 March - 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 March 08:30-12:00 (GMT+1 or BST). The course will end on 24 March.

Participants will need to be present entirely for all online facilitated sessions and would also be expected to complete approximately one hour homework/ reading before each taught module.

Additionally, there will be an offline group project (approximately five hours commitment) that would be presented at end of course.

Who should attend

We recommend this course for anybody with significant security responsibilities in their job description. This would certainly include, Security Focal Points, Country Directors, Field Coordinators, Logistic Managers in the field or persons based in headquarters overseeing country programmes. Even experienced security practitioners will benefit from new theory and from the more intense practical exercises such as the simulation and panel exercise.

How much does this course cost?

Fees: £825 per person

20% discount for local NGOs – limited seats.

(Please email for further details)

The Credit-Rated Assessment:

This course has an optional credit-rated assessment component. Those who are interested in this option must pay the additional credit-rated fee at any point prior to the course start date, or on the first day of the course, so that the trainers can assess you. Payment can be made by card or invoice. You will have three months after the course to complete the assignment. Find out more about the Oxford Brookes certificate and other RedR UK accreditation and certification options here.

Credit-Rated Fee: £347 per person


HPass Badge

Upon completion of the course participants will be eligible to apply for a HPass Badge, a digital indicator of achievement, and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience in the humanitarian sector. You can find more information on HPass Badges here.


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

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact

In case of any complaints, please email

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
24 days
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