Humanitarian Leadership, Governance and Accountability

Course Code

Course duration
1 Week

When is the Course

29th October to 2nd of  November 2018


This course has been jointly developed with our partners; the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and the ActionAid International Humanitarian team. It is a combination of previous experiences and learning offers in humanitarian affairs.

Course Objectives

To equip participants with foundations of humanitarian work with relevant knowledge and skills in governance and accountability during emergency situations to contribute to new, accountable ways of managing the humanitarian 

Course Content

The course will mainly consist of five modules covered through daily sessions over 5 days.

Module 1: Introduction to Humanitarian Crisis: Humanitarian Architecture

Module 2: Leadership and Governance Principles in Humanitarian Crisis

Module 3: Resilience and Sustainable Crisis Management

Module 4: Protection and Accountability to Affected Communities in Emergencies

Module 5: Foundational Legal and Policy Frameworks for Humanitarian Work

Module one provides an Overview of the humanitarian architecture. It introduces humanitarian work based on HRBA (Human Rights Based Approaches) by presenting different types of emergency situations, disaster risk reduction and management, climate change and environmental issues.

Module two seeks to help the participants to acquaint themselves with the application of leadership and governance principles to humanitarian situations with a focus on particular issues. It also emphasises the important of external responder coordinating with local responders, institutions and organisations (localization), and build their capacity in the management of humanitarian responses using local resources, traditional early warning systems and put in place mitigation strategies by engaging in budget process making, social audit, fiscal plans and develop disaster risk reduction plan for their community.  It also looks at general good governance and accountability principles and practices as applicable to emergency response. And ho these accountability mechanisms interact with the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Module three explores resilient systems and structures and features of households and communities. It establishes a linkage beyond humanitarian response to ensure that communities are able to withstand shocks and stresses.

Module four examines protection (focus on advocacy/lobbing for the government have policies and laws that protect and safeguards the rights of women, discrimination and provision of gender response services during emergence a long side food items. These sections should also equip the participants with skills to help communities develop local structures for handling violence against women, securer and accessible means of raising complaints with clear feedback mechanisms to the communities affected by disasters regarding common issues in different humanitarian crises and the impact on context on accountability work.

Module five spans three broad areas, namely: the international corpus of instruments (treaties, laws, protocols and judicial decisions); regional legal and policy regime; national laws and policies and how these relate to each other insofar as humanitarian governance and crisis response is concerned.

Target Group
Humanitarian workers and those interested in building a career in humanitarian sector work. Leaders with political, public service, civil society or business responsibilities Development workers at national and local levels Programme officers working in development and humanitarian organisations Freshers seeking to enhance their career knowledge base in humanitarian affairs

Fee for the Course
Tuition Fee $350
Full board in a single room(meals & Accomodation) $471 per week
Full board in a shared room(meals & Accomodation) US$339 per week
Hostel Quard plus Meal per week US$87 per week
Other accommodation options >>  

Download the application form for Development Training Courses (pdf)