Humanitarian Field Coordination Training
In May, 2008, Denny began work with the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance on a three part capacity building program for humanitarian field personnel. The first element is distance learning, which involves reading 6 chapters related to humanitarian emergencies, which were written for this program. The chapters are: Humanitarian Coordination, Information Management, Protection, Preparedness and Strategic Planning, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Funding. In the initial roll out of the course, 85 people signed up to participate. Every two weeks, they each completed a chapter and an exercise at the conclusion. These exercises were submitted to the course managers, reviewed and received a response.
Following the successful conclusion of the distance learning component (Phase 1) the participants were invited to and attended a face-to-face training workshop. In the first year, one was held in Geneva, a second in Mombasa, Kenya and the third in Bangkok. These workshops focus on developing and enhancing competencies required for effective performance in humanitarian emergencies. Three more workshops have been scheduled for 2009. Mombasa and Bangkok are the sites for the first two, which will be conducted in June. The third will be conducted in December at a venue yet to be decided.
The third phase is a follow-up involving personal action planning and is completed over a two month period after the workshop has been completed