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Field Logistics in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)


Field Logistics in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)

Logistics activities account for a very large proportion of the costs involved in a disaster relief operation. Logisticians explore ways of minimising costs while maximising the impact of aid in order to ensure effective humanitarian response. This course aims to help you develop the competencies needed to manage field logistics in a humanitarian context.

Field Logistics in Emergencies is a highly participatory course, with group exercises and theory based sessions. You will experience what it is like to be at the centre of an emergency response in a challenging simulation which will test your knowledge and understanding of what a Field Logistician does.

This RedR UK course has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and the HELP Forum. It will be run at the Medecins Sans Frontiers training space in Brussels, allowing for additional hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

What does the course cover?

  • Logistics and the emergency environment

  • Logistics needs assessments

  • Humanitarian supply chain management

  • Warehousing, inventory control and asset management

  • Transportation, distribution, and fleet management

  • Power generation

  • Security risk management, security strategies, and risk, threat, and vulnerability

  • Communication and technology

  • Staff and financial management

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

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a logistician in a humanitarian programme

  • Identify key procedures and documentation required to establish effective and accountable logistics services and infrastructure

  • Identify the key principles and components of humanitarian supply chain management and procurement

  • Plan an effective process for warehousing, inventory control and distribution of commodities to beneficiaries

  • Plan and manage an effective asset management process

  • Define the principles of fleet and vehicle management

  • Explain the basic principles, advantage and limitations of key radio and satellite communication systems and describe how these are managed in the field

  • Identify key human resources issues facing a logistician in recruiting and managing a logistics team

  • Describe the basic principles of financial administration, budgeting and cost control in accordance with donor regulations

The credit-rated assessment:

Field Logistics in Emergencies is a competency based, assessed course worth 10 Masters level credits that can be transferred to the Masters in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) from Oxford Brookes University or other similar postgraduate qualifications.

Please note there is a 15% additional fee to take the course as credit-rated.

Course Overview:

Registration will take place from 8.45 am on Monday. Training will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.30 pm. Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by an hour lunch break and 20 minute coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

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

Participants will be actively encouraged to participate in classroom discussions, group work and a desk-based simulation. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of field logistics in a humanitarian disaster.

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

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Course Overview

Course Length
5 Days
£649.00 - £1211.00
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