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Effective Humanitarian Response (SimEx)


Effective Humanitarian Response (Training and SimEx)

This six-day course is split into two parts to provide an immersive learning experience for both experienced humanitarians and those new to the sector.

The training begins with a three-day face to face introductory course that covers basic needs assessments in emergencies, communicating with affected populations, coordination, and personal safety and security. Participants will cover topics such as: needs assessment data collection tools, participatory assessment techniques, information and report writing, understanding local information ecosystems, building trust and managing community expectations, inter-agency coordination, and travel/personal safety guidelines in emergencies.

This training will prepare participants to respond as part of SimEx Series 2018--a large-scale disaster simulation run over three days immediately following the face to face course. Participants will work as part of NGO teams to collect, analyse, and disseminate information, work with local populations, and navigate complex environments to gain a hands-on understanding of the breaking days of an emergency.

SimEx Series, which takes place over 10 sites in Hampshire, UK, brings together over 2,000 humanitarians, first responders, and national and international relief workers to build better disaster responses by testing participants' skills in a real-time simulated crisis. 


What does the course cover?

  • Needs assessment in emergencies
  • Communicating with affected populations
  • Negotiating humanitarian access
  • Inter-agency coordination
  • Accountability to affected populations
  • Personal safety and security


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of needs assessment tools and techniques
  • Analyse data in a pressurised environment using appropriate tools
  • Disseminate information to crisis affected populations in a timely and culturally appropriate manner
  • Explain the importance of coordinated needs assessments and responses
  • Collaborate with humanitarian actors in a variety of roles from national and international response teams
  • Demonstrate immediate responses to insecure environments
  • Explain the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity, team working, interpersonal communications and how diversity impacts on security
  • Demonstrate resilience and decision-making skills in the breaking days of an emergency


Course overview

Days 1 to 3 of the course will take place at RedR’s training centre in London. Each day will commence at 9am and finish at 5pm. During days 1-3 accommodation is not provided.

On the evening of day 3, participants will need to travel to Portsmouth, ready for the start of the simulation exercise on the morning of day 4. The simulation runs continuously from 9am on day 4 until 12pm on day 6. Immediately after the exercise you will take part in a debriefing session. The full course will end by 3pm on day 6. During days 4-6 participants are provided with space to camp onsite at the exercise. This is an essential component as the exercise runs 24 hours a day.

Bookings close 4 weeks before course start.


Who should attend?

Humanitarian professionals who wish to renew their skills for field work, or those new to the sector who are preparing for their first field role. The course assumes a knowledge and understanding of the humanitarian principles, international humanitarian architecture including the Cluster System, and basic understanding of humanitarian NGO operations.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 18.

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled 4 or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 50% of the course fees paid. 
-For bookings cancelled less than 4 weeks before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided. 
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.


Course Overview

Course Length
6 days
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