- Training Services
- Full range of subjects common to the humanitarian sector including Sphere and Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)
- Media Relations
- Population Health Assessments
- Applied Research and Field Epidemiology
- Field-Based Disaster and Case-Based Simulation Exercises
Training for the Humanitarian Sector
The Humanitarian Training Initiative offers internationally recognized training courses covering all major aspects of humanitarian work that are customized to meet your organizational or corporate needs. Our courses are based on a scientific evidence- base and years of field, teaching and course facilitation experience. HTI trainers are involved in the professionalization of the humanitarian sector and are leading the way in the development of the core competencies that provide the foundation for humanitarian training and education. Because HTI's trainers have been at the forefront of humanitarian education and now professionalization, HTI is the best position to offer your organization top notch training courses that are constantly evolving with the most up-to-date evidence and teaching techniques to meet the ever-changing needs of the sector.
The Humanitarian Training Initiative can provide your organization or company with custom made training programs or standardized courses offered on-site or off-site at an HTI hosted venue or in the field. HTI will provide training that is professional, need- specific, flexible and cost effective.
The extensive experience and expertise of HTI's trainers and educators enables us to deliver training and certification programs of a wide range of subjects. HTI's trainers and educators have designed humanitarian curriculum and course content for successful graduate-level university-based programs that train professionals in disaster and humanitarian response. HTI's team is able to create or evolve course content to improve effectiveness and build capacity for your organization or company.
Often in the world of humanitarian relief the news is bad, and a credible and confident spokesperson is needed to convey urgent and important messages both locally and globally. The media represents the most important vehicle for delivering your message, but it will also be your toughest critic. The Humanitarian Training Initiative's expert training team made up of some of the most experienced foreign correspondents and cameramen from the most prestigious names in media will create a comprehensive media training program to meet the specific needs of your organisation. You will be given the tools to:
- Control and direct the coverage you receive
- Effectively deliver a clear and conclusive message in high-pressure situations to various media including radio, television and print
- Speak confidently, informatively and persuasively
- Create sound bites for advocacy, public relations and marketing purposes
Using proven methods such as on camera simulations, interview techniques and intensive feedback, our team will ensure you are equipped to handle the toughest of questions in the harshest of environments.
Population Health Assessments
At the Humanitarian Training Initiative, we offer training in both Rapid Health Assessments for crisis situations and longer-term health assessments including monitoring and surveillance. Our trainers are epidemiologists who have worked as professionals in the field for many years and their experience is incomparable.
Over the last two decades, Rapid Health Assessment (RHA) protocols have been standardized and specialized for use in natural disasters and complex emergencies. In addition to collecting important information on disaster impact, displaced persons, health facilities and entire health sectors, RHAs evaluate and provide estimates of population size and composition, mortality rates, nutrition and health status and environmental risks that may impact future health. Assessing the impact of disasters on health, RHA information enables humanitarian organizations to map affected communities, to examine the current public health impact of the emergency and to review the availability of local resources. Properly performed, these assessments result in accurate information, which may even provide data that is representative to an entire area. This data serves as the initial step in the development of an ongoing health information system and in the design of targeted and appropriate health interventions.
Data collected in longer-term Health Assessments permit humanitarian organizations to evaluate and monitor programs and to advocate and build capacity for affected populations.
Our consultants will train course participants in the essential skills and mechanisms needed to evaluate, develop and implement programs to the benefit of their organization.
Applied Research and Field Epidemiology
Effective humanitarian programs are built on evidence-driven, field-based research. Research not only contributes to a better understanding of the affected communities, crisis and context but it can also be used to effect positive change, to inform policy makers and donors and to bring attention to important issues that need to be addressed.
HTI offers training specifically tailored to the kinds of research methods based on field epidemiology that would be conducted by humanitarian organizations to inform on population needs, programs and impact of service delivery. Topics include study design, qualitative methods including participatory research, quantitative methods including cluster sampling, creation and management of databases, statistical analysis, obtaining ethics review board approval, writing grants and publications, knowledge transfer and dissemination.
The Humanitarian Training Initiative is in the unique position of being able to offer comprehensive services from the inception of an idea to the publication of a finished product. HTI works alongside world-class academic institutions whose faculty are pioneers in this emerging and rapidly evolving field. By employing HTI your organization will gain access to our extensive academic networks and resources from these institutions including Harvard, McGill and Tufts universities amongst others. HTI's research team members are at the forefront of humanitarian research, having established some of the methods now commonly used in the field and having conducted studies in most of the world's crises and dozens of countries in the last ten years. You will not find a more qualified team to establish, conduct and manage data and research within your organization.
Disaster and Case-Based Simulation Exercises
The humanitarian community now realizes that there is a clear and efficient way of responding to humanitarian disasters and conflicts and if response workers are not properly trained, preventable and prolonged suffering occurs among the people affected by disasters and conflicts. The Humanitarian Training Initiative aims to produce leaders in the field of humanitarian intervention and develop the profession of humanitarianism.
It is not enough for prospective humanitarian responders to simply learn about the theory and technical sectors of humanitarian response in the classroom. They also need to apply their knowledge in the field, ideally in a controlled setting that simulates a real- life scenario. Members of the Humanitarian Training Initiative have trained around 600 people since 2004 and had extensive experience creating and developing case- based studies, table-top exercises and outdoor disaster simulations specifically for the purposes of training humanitarian responders.
Case-based scenarios and table-top exercises are formed by the first-hand experiences of the HTI team and topics include: humanitarian access and intervention, managing a cholera epidemic, civilian protection, maternal-child health and gender-based violence to cite a few. Case-based scenarios that include learning objectives and questions for discussion can be developed for teaching and training specific to your organization. Table-top exercises are designed to be worked through in small groups, to find a solution to a central problem. Table-top exercise topics include Rapid Health Assessments (RHA), water and sanitation, shelter, nutrition and a measles vaccination campaign to cite a few.
HTI can create and run a disaster simulation specific to the needs. As part of the disaster simulation, participants encounter many challenges designed to simulate complex field scenarios involving displaced and local populations in need of rapid assistance. Participants, working in humanitarian NGO teams, must perform a series of assessments on a fictional population (portrayed by scripted role players) and develop a service delivery plan designed to provide aid according to Sphere standards. Teams are further challenged by having to find ways to work around numerous complicating factors such as security incidents, customs and supply issues, weather, and rapidly moving populations. Additionally each team is walked through a number of hands on skill stations which are designed to offer useful real world skills such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and data collaboration, constructing field latrines, field triage, basic emergency shelter construction and interacting with the media. Teams will be critiqued on their reactions to the many role players that bring this scenario to life and on their completed service delivery plans.