DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING COURSES

AUTHOR: Redr UK

LAST UPDATEDTrainings offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training courses

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, training course, Redr UK, water, impact assessment, restoration, risk reduction, shelter

FORMAT: On-site training courses

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.redr.org.uk (Redr UK)

http://www.redr.org.uk/en/Training-and-more/find-a-training-course.cfm (course info)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The Redr training course website provides information on a wide variety of Redr training courses related to disaster relief and management. Courses take place all over the world and cover a number of different topics, including safety and security, humanitarian essentials, response preparations, management, facilitation, logistics, water/sanitation/hygiene, needs assessments, shelter, gender, and health.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “Redr Uk is an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organizations and other humanitarian actors across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. They act to ensure disaster-prone communities are resilient by giving them practical life-saving skills, advice and support, which help them prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster relief and humanitarian professionals generally; intended users vary by course

HUMANITARIAN ACTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ESSENTIAL GUIDELINES FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTORS

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATED: 2007

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, guidelines, water, shelter, impact assessment, fuel and energy

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 8 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINKhttp://postconflict.unep.ch/publications/IASC_leaflet.pdf (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL:

This document helps to explain how disasters and conflicts, as well as relief and recovery operations, may impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security; how failure to address these risks can undermine the relief process, causing additional loss of life, displacement, aid dependency and increased vulnerability; and how disaster managers and humanitarian workers can take action to avoid this.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster managers and humanitarian workers

TRAINING ON ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATEDtrainings offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

FORMAT: On-site training course

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, risk reduction, restoration, impact assessment

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK: http://www.eecentre.org/?page_id=2653

ABOUT THE TOOL:  “The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit organizes environmental-emergencies training for international responders, as well as training to strengthen the preparedness capacity of environmental experts from national agencies and the private sector for international emergency deployments. This strengthens the international response capacity for environmental emergencies and ensures an integrated effort in the field.

Through the Environmental Emergency Centre (EEC), which is hosted by the JEU, thematic trainings have been developed on various aspects of the preparedness-and-response stages of an environmental emergency. The online training modules are free of charge, and OCHA encourages anyone interested in the topic to test their knowledge and strengthen their capacity to prepare and respond.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: “The course requires that prospective candidates are suitably qualified within a specific environmental discipline (e.g., sampling, analysis, assessment) to be eligible to participate.”

FLASH ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TOOL

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATED: 2009

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 78 pages

KEYWORDS: environmental management, Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, handbook, impact assessment

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK: https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/FEAT_Version_1.1.pdf (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) helps to identify existing or potential acute environmental impacts that pose risks for humans, human life-support functions and ecosystems, following sudden-onset natural disasters. FEAT focuses primarily on immediate and acute impacts arising from released hazardous chemicals. It can also help to identify potential long-term issues, for example those involving releases of persistent compounds. FEAT also provides information on physical impacts to the natural environment, such as soil erosion and salt water intrusion.

Based on this information, users can decide on initial risk management actions under disaster conditions. In particular, it helps users make timely and accurate requests for additional, specialized equipment or expertise to address impacts.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster response teams

ECOSYSTEMS, LIVELIHOODS, AND DISASTERS: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT

AUTHOR: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

LAST UPDATED: 2006

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), handbook, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 40 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.iucn.org (IUCN)

https://www.iucn.org/content/ecosystems-livelihoods-and-disasters-integrated-approach-disaster-risk-management (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this publication is to provide recommendations for making disaster risk reduction strategies more effective. It proposes an approach that integrates ecosystem management, development planning and risk reduction strategies to reduce disaster impacts and improve both livelihoods and biodiversity outcomes.”

The publication is divided into three sections. The first explains why it is important to integrate ecosystems and long-term livelihood concerns into disaster risk reduction. The second section provides information about the Ecosystem Approach and how its application can contribute to reducing the risk of disasters and to alleviating the impacts of disasters when they do occur. The third section offers eight practical recommendations for implementing an integrated approach to disaster management, each of which is illustrated by one or more examples from the field.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 16,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Our experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.

INTENDED USER: Organizations and professionals involved in humanitarian assistance and in environmental management

VULNERABILITY AND CAPACITY ASSESSMENT (VCA) TRAINING GUIDE AND TOOLBOX

AUTHOR: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

LAST UPDATED: 2006

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course, Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), training course, handbook, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF documents (training guide: 116 pages, toolbox: 182 pages)

LANGUAGES: Training guide: English, Toolbox: English, Spanish, French

WEB LINK:

https://www.ifrc.org (IFRC)

http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/preparing-for-disaster/disaster-preparedness-tools/disaster-preparedness-tools/ (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this training guide is to provide VCA facilitators with the necessary tools to train those who will be implementing the actual VCA. It is designed to enable volunteers with little or no experience of community-based participatory information- gathering to complete a successful VCA, under supervision.

The guide includes instructions and suggestions to help volunteers understand:

  • The overall purpose of VCA;
  • Relevant terminology and concepts;
  • Means of working more effectively with communities;
  • Various information-gathering tools and techniques (i.e. group facilitation, accurate data recording, etc.)
  • Different methods for systematizing and analyzing data”

“The toolbox looks at different participatory investigative tools that can be used by National Society staff and volunteers to accomplish a successful VCA. It provides a detailed explanation on how to undertake the research part of a VCA. It will help you to choose the right tools to suit your purpose and describes when and how to use them and what to do with the information collected.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.”

INTENDED USER: IFRC staff and volunteers

UN Environmental Emergencies Centre Training

AUTHOR: Environmental Emergencies Centre

LAST UPDATED: 2017

TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge Platform

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Environmental Emergencies Centre, knowledge platform, restoration, impact assessment, risk reduction

FORMAT: eLearning modules. “In order to complete an eLearning module you are first required to register, which is at no cost and open to the public. Upon successful completion of each module you are asked to complete a Course Evaluation, after which you will be issued your certificate of successful completion.

LANGUAGES: English (all modules), French (2 modules), Russian (1 module), Arabic (1 module)

WEB LINK:

http://www.eecentre.org (Environmental Emergencies Centre)

http://www.eecentre.org/library/ (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The Environmental Emergencies Centre hosts an online learning series consisting of eLearning modules developed by the Joint UNEP/OCHA Unit and partners on a range of environmental emergency preparedness and response topics. Among them: Beyond Response: better preparedness for environmental emergencies, Introduction to Industrial Accidents, Introduction to Disaster Waste Management, and the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Environmental Emergencies Centre (EEC) is an online preparedness tool designed to enable an effective response to environmental emergencies. The EEC is a one-stop-shop of information, tools, trainings and guidance to inform a more prepared and effective response to environmental emergencies. Founded in 2012, it is an initiative of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, developed in close coordination with the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies.”

INTENDED USER: “The EEC is a tool for everyone, communities and governments alike, seeking assistance through training, knowledge, experience and good practice sharing to increase their preparedness to be able to effectively respond when disasters strike.”

DGSi Trainings in Conflict Management and Sensitivity

AUTHOR: Durham Global Security Institute   

LAST UPDATED: courses offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Courses

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, Durham Global Security Institute, training course, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: On-site training course

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINKS:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/dgsi/ (Durham Global Security Institute)

https://www.dur.ac.uk/dgsi/pdc/ (course info)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “DGSi offer a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses consisting of short workshops. Courses are delivered by world-leading experts and practitioners, both from within Durham University and from elsewhere, and typically include lectures, seminars, group work and an interactive role play based on a real or constructed case. Course participants will be drawn from across government, the NGO sector, the military, international organisations and stakeholders.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) pursues research across the contemporary security agenda, focusing on the interface between defense, development and diplomacy as the arena where the most important and challenging security issues arise. Drawing on its network of academic and practitioner expertise, DGSi’s research and educational activity is practically-oriented, innovative and ambitious in casting new light on security challenges and identifying effective responses to complex problems.”

INTENDED USER:  Personnel working in disaster response or development

HOW-TO GUIDE TO CONFLICT SENSITIVITY

AUTHOR: Conflict Sensitivity Consortium  

LAST UPDATED: 2015

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook, Guidelines

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, Conflict Sensitivity Consortium, handbook, guidelines, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF, 52 pages

LANGUAGES: English; Chapter 4 available in Arabic

WEB LINKS:

http://www.conflictsensitivity.org (CSC)

http://local.conflictsensitivity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/6602_HowToGuide_CSF_WEB_3.pdf (pdf)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “This ‘how to’ guide draws upon consortium experience to illustrate real examples of applying conflict sensitivity. It aims to provide practical advice suitable for anyone aiming to improve conflict sensitivity, whether in the field of development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding work. It aims to provide practical, user-friendly information for people who are focusing at project or organization-wide level, whether aiming for best practice or just starting out on the journey towards conflict sensitivity.

The Guide has been organized into six core chapters. Each of these chapters contains a number of sub-themes exploring ‘the what’, ‘the why’ and particularly ‘the how’ of conflict sensitivity. Key areas that will be explored include:

  • Chapter 1: Conflict analysis
  • Chapter 2: Conflict sensitivity in the program cycle
  • Chapter 3: Key Issues for conflict sensitive programming
  • Chapter 4: Applying conflict sensitivity in emergency responses
  • Chapter 5: Assessing institutional capacity for conflict sensitivity
  • Chapter 6: Building institutional capacity for conflict sensitivity”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:“

The project “The Practice of Conflict Sensitivity – Concept to Impact“ strengthened the practice of conflict sensitivity throughout and beyond a broad consortium of humanitarian, peacebuilding and multi-mandate development NGOs.

The purpose of the Conflict Sensitivity website is to further the understanding of what “conflict sensitivity” means in practice, in terms of organisational systems, project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of specific interventions. The original consortium comprised a diverse range of agencies which continue individually, together and with others to share findings widely in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors to enhance the capacity to institutionalise and implement conflict sensitive approaches.

INTENDED USER:  “Anyone aiming to improve conflict sensitivity, whether in the field of development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding work.”

CONFLICT-SENSITIVE APPROACHES TO DEVELOPMENT, HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND PEACEBUILDING: RESOURCE PACK

AUTHOR: Conflict Sensitivity Consortium  

LAST UPDATED: 2015

TYPE OF TOOL: Report, Handbook

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, Conflict Sensitivity Consortium, report, handbook, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF, 121 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINKS:

http://www.conflictsensitivity.org (CSC)

http://www.conflictsensitivity.org/site-index/ (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding: A Resource Pack is the product of a two-year process by a consortium of partner organizations. The goal was to identify, synthesize, complement and enable conflict-sensitive practice in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding. This was undertaken primarily in Kenya, Uganda and Sri Lanka but also at the global policy level. The focus of the initiative was donors, governments, INGOs and local civil society organizations.

This Resource Pack documents current practice, available frameworks and lessons learned. At its heart is the concept of conflict sensitivity – the notion of systematically taking into account both the positive and negative impact of interventions, in terms of conflict or peace dynamics, on the contexts in which they are undertaken, and, conversely, the impact of these contexts on the interventions.

The Resource Pack is organized in separate stand-alone units and does not need to be read from cover to cover.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “The project “The Practice of Conflict Sensitivity – Concept to Impact“ strengthened the practice of conflict sensitivity throughout and beyond a broad consortium of humanitarian, peacebuilding and multi-mandate development NGOs.

The purpose of the Conflict Sensitivity website is to further the understanding of what “conflict sensitivity” means in practice, in terms of organisational systems, project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of specific interventions. The original consortium comprised a diverse range of agencies which continue individually, together and with others to share findings widely in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors to enhance the capacity to institutionalise and implement conflict sensitive approaches.

INTENDED USER:  “The Resource Pack is designed for governments, donors and civil society (local and international) involved in development, humanitarian assistance and peace building. It does not assume that the reader has extensive knowledge of conflict transformation nor is it an academic discussion of conflict and related concepts.”