Needs Assessment Techniques (Sudan)

Date: 15 - 16 Feb 2017
Length: 2 days
Location: El Fasher, Sudan
Residential: No

About the course:

Before relief work can take place, aid workers need to understand the present needs and the resources available in order to plan and respond effectively. Conducting accurate, effective and timely assessments is key to the preparation and planning of humanitarian projects.

This course aims to improve the effectiveness of personnel engaged in humanitarian relief by taking you through good practice in assessment procedure, including frameworks and principles of emergency assessments. This is an interactive course that utilises group exercises and focused discussion, giving you the opportunity to share ideas and experiences.

Blending theory with practice, this Needs Assessment Techniques course will introduce you to good practices in assessment procedures and tools of emergency assessments.  Ultimately, this 2 day course aims to provide participants with the skills and confidence to plan and conduct a needs assessment using appropriate techniques.

What does the course cover?

  • Objectives of the needs assessment
  • Planning assessment activities
  • Information collation and report writing
  • Data collection techniques - how they work, when to use them, and the meaningfulness of the data they produce
  • Analytical frameworks that determine the focus of the assessment, the way assessment information translates into programme response and helps establish indicators for measuring progress, impact and relevance
  • Data collection methodologies and analytical frameworks that are most appropriate to each sector

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Explain the purpose of needs assessment within a humanitarian context
  • Design and plan an effective needs assessment selecting appropriate tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of needs assessment tools and techniques
  • Analyse data using appropriate tools

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at people with some experience of working in the humanitarian sector who would like to improve their skills in planning & conducting needs assessments. It would be most beneficial for aid workers who undertake needs assessments in their work or who foresee having to conduct needs assessments in the future, particularly Programme Managers, Project Officers, Community Liaison Officers, Logistics Officers, M&E Officers. The curriculum will take you to the next level of competence in conducting accurate, effective and timely assessments – an essential skill before any form of relief work can take place


Arabic and English.



  • National NGOs: SDG 165 per person, per day
  • International NGOs: SDG 660 per person, per day

*Applications close two weeks before the course start date*

For more information please contact our training team.

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