Context: Humanitarian Core Skills Development - Lebanon

Date: 28 Nov 2016 - 7 May 2017
Length: 161 days
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Residential: Yes

About the course

Context is designed to help you, or your staff, to develop core humanitarian competencies and leadership skills in order to improve the quality of emergency response. Context focuses specifically on strengthening the national capacity to respond. 

In 2015-17, RedR UK will be implementing the Context Programme in the Middle East and East Africa. Context is based on the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework, and provides high-quality participative capacity building that is contextually relevant and delivered by highly skilled local RedR facilitators. Besides the Humanitarian Core Skills Development Programme described here, we also offer a 6 month course on the development of Management and Leadership skills.

Core skills development programme

This is a six-month inter-agency programme providing on-going professional development to national agency staff in their current roles. It provides an introduction to the key concepts and skills of humanitarian programming. This includes the humanitarian system, standards and principles, programme delivery skills, self-management, collaboration and professional development.

Learning methods

The format of both learning programmes encourages participants to set targets and reflect on their progress, whilst “on the job,” as part of a coherent and high-quality staff development programme. Learning methods include:
•Two face-to-face workshops (each three days)
•Coaching (in collaboration with CHS Alliance)
•Practical course work
•Learning on the job
•Self- directed learning
•Group work

Staff members will be actively supported by their agency and line manager throughout the programme and will take ownership of their learning process. The programme offers a unique opportunity to share best practice and establish a common, high quality learning experience for humanitarian staff in different parts of the world.

Organisational and staff benefit 

Our participants in Jordan, Ethiopia and Kenya described the Context programme as "transformational". Through their action plans and learning projects, participants are making real and concrete changes within their organisations.  

Read some of their stories here -

Rozan Khalifeh

Andy Boscoe

Who should attend?

Target participants are existing national staff, in any discipline or support function but not currently in a management role, in countries/regions involved (or likely to be involved) in Emergency Response programmes, who have not previously been on humanitarian training courses.

Programme location and structure

This programme will be taking place in a location outside of Beirut, Lebanon, between November 2016 and May 2017. The two face-to-face workshops will take place over the following dates:

Workshop One:
Duration: 4 days
Date: 28 November-1 December 2016

Workshop Two:
Duration: 4 days
Date: 20-23 February 2017

Contribution towards training costs

No course fee is charged to participate in this programme. The only commitment required from participating organisations (employers of participants) is to make a contribution to the cost of their staff participating in the programme for transport and accommodation for the two four day workshops, based on the following bands:




Band A: National NGOs and government

Travel costs to and from the training location to be covered by participating organizations

150 USD:

Amount to cover the accommodation costs (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for workshop 1 and workshop 2 each 4 nights). This is to be paid through RedR UK to ensure smooth logistical arrangements.

Scholarships are offered for Band A

Band B: International NGOs and UN

480 US Dollars:

Amount to cover the accommodation costs (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for workshop 1 and workshop 2 each 4 nights). This is to be paid through RedR UK to ensure smooth logistical arrangements.

  • 1st participant will pay full cost of $480
  • 2nd participant at 50% of the full cost (i.e. $240)
  • 3rd participant at no charge

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact: 


How to apply

To apply for the 'Humanitarian Core Skills Development' Programme, please download and complete the application form and return it to us at by 17th November 2016 (limited seats are available).


Context is an initiative of the START Network, and falls under START Build’s Talent Development Programme. Context is led by Oxfam GB with support of the UK Department for International Development’s Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme.



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