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Principle for responsible Deployment to an Emergency Zone - Rapid Course

In the last ten years, approximately 2.6 billion people have been victims of natural and man-made disasters. This is in contrast to approximately 1.6 billion people who were victims in the preceding decade.  In 2011, the outlay of disasters reached around $300 billion in the global economy, in comparison to $226 billion in 2010.

kenya-refugeeAs a reaction to the growing number of natural disasters and ongoing global conflicts, there is a need to insure that motivated professionals, with the relevant abilities and professional skills, are able to provide the best possible response and reinforce the appropriate qualifications so as to begin constructing long term programs immediately that will assistant weakened populations.

The community of Humanitarian workers has grown at the rate of 6% a year in the last decade.  It is clear that the international community is displaying significant involvement and taking on responsibility for the rehabilitation and development of weakened regions in the world. Those active in the field are responding to the acute needs of weak populations through supplying long term, sustainable solutions and their implementation in such areas as medicine, water and sanitation, education, health, agriculture and business development, infrastructures, economic development and sources of income, the promotion of human rights and more.

During the last few years, we have witnessed a growth of professional human capital in Israel that is willing and able to become a part of the field of International Development and Humanitarian Aid. Theoretical and practical knowledge will help Israeli professionals from the fields of medicine mental health to become part of the international networks.  These professionals will help communities to become more robust in coping with present and future existential threats, and, in so doing, express the basic values of Israeli society – helping others, accepting the other and tolerance.  The importance of the existence of humanitarian actions is embedded in the complex reality of the developing countries, alongside the importance of assimilating the value of volunteerism and involvement in Israeli society, as a society that aspires to accept those that are different, display tolerance and help others professionally and skillfully.

Uniqueness of the Course

  • The course will be taught by a combination of lecturers and field workers from a variety of disciplines, with experience working in disaster areas.
  • The course will impart specific skills that are relevant to the needs and qualifications in the field.
  • The course will provide general knowledge alongside practical knowledge – participants will study the history and background of the humanitarian field, discuss ethical questions and become acquainted with the structure of the sector and the organizations working in the area.  In addition, participants will receive tools for implementation accompanied by implementation exercises.
  • Simulation exercises will take place in the context of the program to help with the assimilation of knowledge.
  • Participants will learn types of disasters and emergency situations, and acquire tools with which to respond to a wide spectrum of events, such as natural disasters and human conflicts.

Facilitation Methods

  • Facilitation is based on presentation of the subject, its importance in the humanitarian context and discussion accompanied by examples.
  • The course will include a combination of theory and case studies.  Participants will take part in an exercise and the analysis of events and will prepare a project file.
  • Each participant will analyze case studies of real events (with regard to disasters, organizations and ethics) – examples:  the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal and refugee crises in Europe.

Course Syllabus

1. Principles and background in the humanitarian world – main topics:

  • Assistance versus development – central issues, types of disaster events, main players
  • History and critical examination
  • International law, ethics, sustainability, transparency, accountability, neutrality and all core values
  • Natural disasters / manmade disasters / conflict areas – disaster versus rehabilitation and development
  • Symptoms of disasters / central challenges of disasters and emergency events (gender, survivors, displaced persons, urbanity)

2. Central players, their methods of operation and interactions between the various systems:

  • UN institutions and the Cluster Approach
  • States providing and receiving assistance
  • International organizations, civil society, local organizations
  • Humanitarian aid and the army
  • Humanitarian aid and the government

3.      Managing the disaster – main topics:

  • The project circle
  • Areas of assistance
  • Assessments, providing assistance, beginning to return to routine, recovery
  • Indicators, processes of critical examination and monitoring

4.      Working with populations:

  • Cultural differences and cultural sensitivity
  • Multi-cultural work
  • Multi-lingual work
  • The community as partner
  • Emotional damage, handicaps, AIDS
  • Women, children and the elderly


Open day for English speakers on Humanitarian Aid Employment Opportunities


The open day will introduce you to the different types of job and types of employer available, to the challenges and opportunities, and to the work environment. You’ll acquire practical tools for assessing whether this kind of work is suitable for you, and if so, what skills and experience will help you find employment.

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