Essentials of Humanitarian Practice -blended programme


Essentials of Humanitarian Practice -blended programme

Are you ready for the realities of relief work? Essentials of Humanitarian Practice will give you an insight into life working in the field.

Are you ready for the realities of relief work? Essentials of Humanitarian Practice will give you an insight into life working in the field. This workshop also aims to increase your understanding of the characteristics of emergencies induced by natural disasters and conflict and the requirements for an effective humanitarian response. You will learn how to work in a team in an emergency environment and identify individual responsibilities.

The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and professionalism of humanitarian action by deepening understanding of the modern humanitarian context, fundamentals and practical realities.

The EHP achieves this by providing participants with:

  • A comprehensive overview of issues, systems and practice related to working in disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
  • Increased depth of understanding of the context, history, foundations and new developments in humanitarian practice.
  • An experience-based learning environment in which they can put their own skills and newly acquired knowledge into practice, as well as understand what humanitarian work is really like.

The course content reflects modern perspectives and realities in humanitarian work, including:

  • Localisation and the need for humanitarian response to work through and with existing national systems.
  • The increased integration of humanitarian action with longer-term resilience and recovery efforts.

While recognising these perspectives, and that humanitarian response is situated in a development context, the course is primarily focused on international response to disasters and humanitarian emergencies. It is not intended to cover broader development issues and disaster risk reduction in depth.

Course Structure:

The Essentials in Humanitarian Practice (EHP) course is a blended learning program which takes place over the course of 3 weeks where you don’t just talk about humanitarian work, you experience it. We begin with online modules, some facilitated by RedR UK experts and some which you have the freedom to work through at your own pace.

Dates for on-line facilitated modules (all sessions starting at 14:00 UK time):

  • 27th October Arrivals Lounge (60 minutes) and Welcome and Intros (60 minutes)
  • 3rd November: Working in Humanitarian Teams (90 minutes) + Synth 1 -Team formation (20 minutes), NGO Forum Briefing (40 minutes) and International Humanitarianism & Law (120 minutes)
  • 10th November: Coordination structures (group exercise) (40 minutes), Synth 2 - Coordination arrangements (75 minutes) and Acc'y and participation (60 minutes)

Self-paced required time commitment:

  • Week 1: around 4 hours
  • Week 2: around 1h 30 min
  • Week 3: around 2 hours

We will finish the course with two full-day in-person simulation which takes place during the international response to the evolving emergency in a fictional country, which will help you put all your learning from the previous 3 weeks into practice.

Dates for face-to-face sessions:

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th of November 2022: from 09:00 to 17:00

Who should attend?

  • Potential future humanitarians wanting to understand more about working in international disasters and humanitarian emergencies, and to see if it is right for them.
  • Experienced technical specialists currently working in humanitarian or development contexts who want to deepen their understanding of humanitarian foundations, context, coordination mechanisms, and emerging issues and trends.
  • Professionals in related fields and organisations with links to humanitarian work, looking to better understand the context, issues and daily realities of those they work with.

Where is it hosted?

The live online sessions are hosted on Zoom. We recommend joining via the Zoom app. Participants may join the training via a browser, although the browser offers limited access to some of the interactive features of the training.

Participants will be expected to have a stable internet connection and to actively participate in all facilitated sessions.

Participants will receive instructions on how to join the course after registration.

The face-to-face sessions will take place in London. Detailed locations and arrangements will be shared with participants closer to the dates.

How much does the course cost?

£450 (individual fee i.e., for those funding themselves);

£550 (organisational fee i.e, for those being funded by an organisation)

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 training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk 

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 training@redr.org.uk or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
23 days
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