Education and training

We develop and deliver training courses for a range of clients in order to strengthen capacity to prepare for and respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies, across for-profit and non-profit organisations. We strive to ensure that individuals and organisations are equipped to respond effectively to the situations they deal with regularly. Our training supports organisations to learn from past responses and plan for future ones.

Profiled project

Technical and training support to the AHA Centre

Humanitarian Advisory Group, funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provided technical and training support to the AHA Centre. The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has recently completed the development of their Emergency Response Organization (ERO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines. The AHA Centre holds monthly ERO exercises internally to test response activation structures. This simulation, led by Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG), was the first externally facilitated exercise to involve the entire AHA Centre operational staff.

The simulation had the following objectives:

  • To practice implementing the SOPs and guidelines in response activation.
  • To gain greater understanding of decision-making processes within and across functional team as well as roles and responsibilities within each team.
  • To highlight potential areas for improvement in internal communications and coordination mechanisms during emergencies.

The focus areas of the simulation included:

  • One ASEAN One Response.
  • Communications systems, externally and internally including through use of the web-based crisis information management system (WebEOC).
  • Use of data monitoring and analysis systems.
  • Developing of preparedness and response plans.
  • Coordination internally, and between external stakeholders including National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) focal points form ASEAN member states, military liaison, and ASEAN secretariat (ASEC).
  • Safety and security systems and processes.

Other previous projects

  • Development and delivery of International Humanitarian Protection Training (Australian Red Cross)
  • Development and delivery of Training of Trainers for Humanitarian Practitioners (Australian Red Cross)
  • Development, teaching and marking of Human Security Course – Masters of International Development (La Trobe University)
  • Guest Lecturing at RMIT University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University and La Trobe University
  • Industry engagement project for Masters of Development Studies program (University of Melbourne)
  • Subject Matter Expert for the ADF Joint CIMIC Staff Planning Course and military exercises (ADF)
  • Development of Protection Mainstreaming Training Manual for the Global Protection Cluster
  • Introductory training on Centrality of Protection for UNHCR staff in Myanmar and Thailand