Managing People and Projects in Emergencies (credit rated option)

Date: 16 - 20 Jan 2017
Length: 5 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

About the course:

Effective responses to complex emergencies require exceptional management skills. Managing people and projects can be difficult at the best of times, but being able to deliver quality outputs on time and under pressure is even more crucial during the chaos and stress of a complex emergency.

Managing People and Projects in Emergencies is a five-day course that aims to develop the competencies needed to manage people and projects effectively and apply them in a humanitarian context. The course focuses on the theoretical and practical application of management tools, techniques and approaches in the field, and on the nature of working in a humanitarian response. Through case studies and presentations, you will be able to put into practice the theoretical knowledge that you gain in the course.

Managing People in Emergencies

What does the course cover?

  • The nature and impact of emergencies
  • The role and qualities of the manager in a humanitarian response
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Securing funding and financial management
  • Project planning using Log Frames
  • Establishing and developing teams and individuals
  • Remote and distant management
  • Risk management
  • Accountability, coordination, and collaboration
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Project evaluation, implementation, reporting, closure, and exit strategies

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

  • Describe the role and characteristics of an effective manager in humanitarian practice
  • List management competencies and examine them in a theoretical and practical humanitarian context
  • Apply techniques for managing people and projects to the humanitarian context
  • Evaluate and reflect on personal performance in project and people management
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to managing people and projects and devise a personal development plan to improve practice

Who should attend?

The course is geared at project officers, project managers, logisticians, or generalist aid workers who manage people and/or budgets in the humanitarian sector. It would also suit people with some technical experience who want to vary their people and project management experience. This workshop is appropriate for people who want to move into a project management role and who have some understanding of humanitarianism at a theoretical and/or practical level. There are no entry requirements, but a basic understanding of project management tools, the humanitarian sector and a familiarity with Log Frames is expected. 

Course structure:

Registration will be from 8.45 am on Monday. Each day the course will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.30 pm. Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

From the second day, each day begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Every day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions. 

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions, group work and a case study. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of managing people and projects in the humanitarian sector.

Day 1

After registration and a welcome in the morning of the first day, the course will begin with an overview of the humanitarian context. You will then look at the role of the humanitarian manager. In the afternoon, the course will teach you about needs assessment, using a case study to help you to understand the key points in a practical setting. The subject of building a team will close the day.

Day 2

On the second day, you will discuss securing funding, followed by coordination and collaboration. The course will then examine project design and then project initiation. At the end of day two, you will learn methods of motivating others.

Day 3

The first session of day three will be spent on the topic of planning and implementing projects.  The workshop will then discuss the concept and practice of leadership and developing individuals.  Remote and distance management will be covered in the last session.

Day 4

Financial management will be covered in the first session. In the second session, you will learn about accountability as well as risk management. The majority of the afternoon will be spent on conflict management and negotiation, with time reserved for you to work on presentations that will be given the following day.

Day 5

The fifth day will begin with managing diversity. You will then examine aspects of project closure. Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting will be the subject of the next session. In the afternoon, you will have more time to prepare before later giving your presentation. The last session is reserved for wrapping up the course: a group debrief, recapping the key points, answering any lingering questions, individual reflection, action planning, and receiving your certificates of completion.

The credit-rated assessment:

Managing People and Projects in Emergencies is a competency based, assessed course worth 10 Masters level credits that can be transferred to the Masters in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) from Oxford Brookes University or other similar postgraduate qualifications. For more information about this and the other credit rated courses that RedR offers click here

Please note there is a 15% additional fee to take the course as credit-rated. Full terms and conditions of the credit-rating can be found here.


The course will be taught by one of the following facilitators.

Stephen Blakemore

Jane Davies

Justine Tordoff

Tony Dines


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch, and refreshments. For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Credit-rating Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students




Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million




Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million




Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations




Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 

For more information please contact our training team. Please click here to read our full terms and conditions.

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