Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance

Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance
A pilot distance learning project to research how humanitarian workers learn and improve

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) invites you to join an online course open to all humanitarian staff and volunteers who have deployed in at least one emergency operation.

Delegates returning from the field often share lessons learnt, whether informally or in formal reports. The course will offer a unique opportunity for humanitarian workers from all over the world to share their stories, experiences and insights.

How do you get better at doing your job? In the humanitarian sector, much of the learning that matters is informal, grounded in experience, and leveraged through professional networks. How did you fill the gap left by your formal training to get the job done? In this course, participants will work together to gain understanding of how they improve and grow, in order to do more and do better for affected people.

This course is part of an IFRC research project set up by the Geneva Secretariat with support from the American Red Cross, with a specific focus on capturing learning and preparation for Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT) and Emergency Response Unit (ERU) delegates. The project is supported by the University of Illinois Scholar team.

Read more in the course brochure

Who should enroll
Humanitarian staff and volunteers with at least one emergency operation experience from the Red Cross Red Crescent or another humanitarian organization.

Added value of this course
Discover how others learn and adapt to the challenging roles and tasks, contribute to the IFRC’s ability to learn from key humanitarian personnel and use this knowledge to improve the IFRC’s global surge and capacity building efforts.

What you will do in this course

  • write a brief case study sharing your experiences and insights from an emergency operation
  • work with others to analyse how you developed your knowledge, skills and competencies
  • reflect on and discuss the experiences of your peers.
  • Enrollment deadline: 17 November 2013
    Register online by 17 November 2013 via this link: http://bit.ly/fact-eru
    After registration, you will receive an e-mail to confirm your enrollment. This e-mail contains important information. Please check your spam or junk mail folders and ensure that the message is whitelisted (in both your personal account and by your National Society), as it contains important information and additional e-mails will provide further instructions to participate. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact toreda.sadki_AT_ifrc.org (replace _AT_ with @ to send an e-mail).