Training Courses
Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP)

The Essentials of Humanitarian Practice provides foundational knowledge for working within the modern humanitarian system and for responding to an international crisis that involves a global response.

This course provides participants with an understanding of the complexity of the international relief system and the legal framework for humanitarian assistance. We introduce the characteristics of natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies and the requirements for an effective humanitarian response, highlighting some of the dilemmas faced by humanitarians and aid workers. Participants will learn about the various United Nations agencies that respond to disasters and the roles these agencies play in coordinating responses for various sectors such as health, water and sanitation and logistics. They will discover how international non-government organisations work with these agencies to share information and data and to avoid duplication and ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it and doesn't cause harm. Attendees are given an opportunity to put the knowledge gained into practice and to explore the team skills required to work effectively in the field.

If you require this course to be tailored for your organisation, please visit the Customised Training page for more information.

09 Sep - 14 Sep 2020
11 Nov - 16 Nov 2020
10 Feb - 15 Feb 2021
21 Apr - 26 Apr 2021
Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441
601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441

Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and professionalism of humanitarian action by deepening understanding of the modern humanitarian context, fundamentals and practical realities.

Course Objectives

  • A comprehensive overview of issues, systems and practice related to working in disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
  • Increased depth of understanding of the context, history, foundations and new developments in humanitarian practice.
  • An experience-based learning environment in which they can put their own skills and newly acquired knowledge into practice, as well as understand what humanitarian work is really like.

Course Modules

  • Humanitarian Landscape/Lessons from the past
  • People, Power and Vulnerability
  • Working in Humanitarian Teams
  • Introduction to Radio Usage
  • National Context & Disaster Management
  • International Humanitarianism & Law
  • Coordination Structures and International Coordination Systems
  • Participation and Accountability
  • Cash & Livelihoods
  • Humanitarian Standards
  • Food Security & Nutrition
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies (WASH)
  • Settlement & Site Planning
  • Ethics & Decision Making
  • Information Management
  • Protection Programming
  • Logistics & Telecommunications
  • Education in Humanitarian Action 
  • Health in Humanitarian Action 
  • Quality Humanitarian Programming
  • Emergency Needs Assessment
  • Media & Communications
  • Technology & Future Challenges

Who is this Course for?

This course is suitable for people with a range of different backgrounds and levels of humanitarian experience. This includes future humanitarians wanting to understand more about working in international disasters and humanitarian emergencies, and to see if this sector is right for them. EHP is also designed for experienced technical specialists currently working in humanitarian or development contexts who want to deepen their understanding of humanitarian foundations, context, coordination mechanisms, and emerging issues and trends. This will include RedR roster applicants and experienced humanitarians who have typically focused on their specific technical areas (eg WASH, Health etc). The EHP course is  relevant for professionals in related fields and organisations with links to the humanitarian work looking to better understand the context, issues and daily realities of those they work with. This may include staff from government departments and NGOs. 

The EHP course has been run for over 20 years with participants from lots of different backgrounds and stages in their careers. This mix of individuals works well and one of the strengths of the course is networking with other participants and trainers while learning about their varied professional journeys. 

The course is in English and a reasonable proficiency is required for by participants.

Course Fees

Full Rate: $ 2,850 AUD Reduced Rate: $2,600 AUD

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for 6 days and 5 nights. Travel not included. If you currently work for an NGO or are a member of our humanitarian roster, you are eligible for the reduced rate.

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are residential and course fees are inclusive of meals, accommodation, training and materials, but not transport to and from the venue. Course fees are in Australian dollars. A non-refundable deposit of $400 (AUD) is payable at the time of enrolment to secure your place on a course. This payment must be made via credit card through our secure payment facility. Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.

Essential Course Information

This is a six-day intensive residential course and includes both indoor and outdoor activities.

Course Timing

Registration takes place from 9:00am on the first day of all courses. To receive your course certificates you must complete the entire course.

Travel and Accommodation

Please arrange your own travel to and from our training venues. Accommodation is included in the course fee. Travel insurance is recommended for all applicants and is mandatory for international participants.

Pre-course Learning

It is strongly recommended that all participants complete the prescribed reading and online module before course commencement. Pre-reading will be sent to registered participants approximately two weeks prior to the course.

Please refer to your course orientation guide, received upon enrolment, for more detailed essential course information.