Course Background

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.


Course Objectives

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

  • Explain the characteristics of natural disasters and complex emergencies
  • Describe the different activities required for a comprehensive response to an emergency situation
  • Analyze the roles and relationships of humanitarian agencies and the people affected by disasters
  • Describe and apply international legal instruments and humanitarian principles to a humanitarian response
  • Discuss potential impacts and dilemmas associated with humanitarian responses
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the key skills and personal attributes required for an effective humanitarian response
  • Apply skills of teamwork, coordination, communication and cultural sensitivity in a simulation environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key skills, personal attributes and competencies required for an effective humanitarian response
  • Reflect on and evaluate your individual performance in relation to these key skills, attributes and competencies
  • Identify further personal development steps


Target Audience

This is an introductory course suitable for anyone who has recently started working in or is thinking about entering the humanitarian sector, including staff of humanitarian aid organizations, governments, UN agencies, and individuals actively seeking work in the sector. There are no prerequisites for this course. All participants are expected to have theoretical knowledge of humanitarianism, although humanitarian aid experience is not presumed.


Course Content

  1. Humanitarian context
  2. Concept of humanitarian principles
  3. International humanitarian system
  4. Accountability
  5. International law
  6. Needs assessment
  7. Individual responsibility
  8. Potential impacts and dilemmas of humanitarian response
  9. Cross-cutting themes such as gender, culture and security
  10. Reflection on your own motivations and competencies for relief work




In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments.



DURATION: 3 Months



ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute

LANGUAGE: English and French

FORMAT: Online Learning

GENERAL COURSE CONTACT: info@capacitybuildingonline.com