14 Jun 2023
Tailoring training for humanitarians across the globe

While RedR Australia is well known for our immersive training courses such as the Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, were also busy throughout the year providing tailored courses for the humanitarian sector. 

With a long history of delivering training around the world, RedR Australia regularly tailor training to suit organisations’ unique requirements. 

Supported by our global roster of expert trainers, we can deliver courses anywhere in the world and design courses of any duration and format; from classroom or online learning, through to large-scale simulations across multiple locations.  

Intensive training for UNFPA’s new Pacific Surge Roster 

In May this year, RedR Australia was pleased to work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to support a tailored training course for their new Pacific Surge Roster.  

The intensive five-day course was held in Coral Coast, Fiji, and included participants from various humanitarian skillsets, including emergency response coordination, sexual and reproductive health, and humanitarian communications. 

RedR Australia Associate Trainer, Leonie Barnes, contributed to the training by developing and managing the immersive simulation exercise, which ran for two days. The simulation exercise provided participants with the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills in a realistic setting, enhancing their problem-solving skills. 

“The training is a great initiative because, as Pacific Islanders, we have a better understanding of our cultures and sensitivities in certain response activities,” said participant Darren Wynn. “By bringing together participants from different Pacific countries, we will see more Pacific Islanders trained to take on surge assignments in our own region." 

Darren is an Emergency Logistics Coordinator of UNICEF Papua New Guinea Country Office, as well as a RedR Australia roster member. 

The UNFPA Pacific Surge Roster brings together 27 humanitarian practitioners from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu as well as Australia and New Zealand. This is UNFPA’s first-ever initiative globally to undertake a ‘regional’ version of the Global Emergency Surge Roster. It aims to build a pool of local humanitarian experts ready to be deployed quickly in Pacific emergencies. 

Associate Trainer Leonie Barnes has more than 20 years’ humanitarian and development experience across Africa, South-East Asia and Eastern Europe, and is pictured here facilitating the United Nations Population Fund's tailored training.

Tailored training for the Australian Humanitarian Partnership 

We were also pleased to facilitate a two-day Core Humanitarian Standards course for the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) through its consortium partner, Plan International Fiji. The course ran in May this year. 

Funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the course aimed to help partners incorporate humanitarian standards into all disaster response activities. 

Stephanie Smith, International Projects Coordinator for partner Australian Volunteers International (AVI), found the training valuable.  

“In this training, I was so grateful for the knowledge on the history of humanitarian work – how it started and also how interconnected humanitarian work is,” Stephanie said.  

“All organisations need to have open communication to respond in the best way and to not do any harm.” 

Facilitated by RedR Australia’s Associate Trainer Patricia Thornhill, the course was tailored for AHP and focused on how to implement humanitarian interventions both in programming and emergency responses. 

The training included participants from Plan International Fiji, Field Ready, Empower Pacific, Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF), Australian Volunteer International (AVI), Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS). 

Participants love our courses thanks to our highly experienced trainers and the immersive simulation exercises. 

An enduring legacy in the humanitarian sector 

For more than 20 years, RedR Australia has been delivering tailored training courses to supporting humanitarians around the world.  

Our world-class courses help our participants to grow—both professionally and personally. Many courses are multi-day, residential experiences where participants rapidly develop their skills.  

Our courses have supported thousands of professionals to develop critical skills and help create a safer and more peaceful world for people affected by crises and disasters. 

Learn more about how we can tailor courses for your organisation.