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Last update:20-Oct-03

This Humanitarian Relief Training Package attempts to define the set of skills required for a person to be competent in several areas of humanitarian relief. It is primarily aimed at supporting national staff within countries likely to experience humanitarian disasters. As such, it has an emphasis in foundational and practical skills likely to be most needed in the field. It is hoped that expatriates, as well as national staff, will find the Training Package of great use. Many expatriates working in relief have strong academic qualifications however there has been a lack of practically based qualifications.

The development of any industry wide Training Package necessarily involves the division of the work within that industry into a series of sectors or roles. Within humanitarian relief, the following sectors are commonly recognised:

  • Commodities / Food Aid
  • Communications / Media Relations
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Programming and
  • Shelter

In addition to these specialist sectors, it was deemed that a significant portion of the work involved in operating as a relief professional was common to all sectors. These skills are reflected in the generic competency standards, which cover areas including communication, team work, occupational health and safety, awareness of relief issues, working under field conditions and the development of management and supervisor abilities. Amongst the generic competency standards are a number that are not specific to relief work (such as training, assessing, communication and team work). Where possible, competency standards from existing Training Packages have been incorporated into the Humanitarian Relief Training Package. Relevant standards have been taken from the Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Public Safety and Business Services Training Packages.

Based on feedback from National Offices within World Vision in the Asia Pacific region, it was determined that the priority sectors for staff capacity building were Commodities, Finance and Programming. The first submission of competency standards and qualifications therefore reflects those priorities.

Development of the Training Package



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