Standardising Professional Development in the Humanitarian Sector

Would you like to help draft a global standard for learning providers in the humanitarian sector?


The drafting process is now underway. Input from you as a member of the humanitarian community is crucial at this stage.


Please join us for one of our regional workshops, request a one-to-one meeting or focus group discussion. You can see the team’s in country availability via our calendar or contact us directly at


Your input will feed into a pilot draft. The draft will be available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, launching in September 2017 as a free resource for the sector. 

Collaboration in action in Nairobi, Kenya (c) Nathan Siegel for RedR UK
Why develop a global humanitarian learning standard?


Research shows there is an appetite amongst learning providers for a global, sector specific standard because it will provide a relevant criterion to measure their services. This would enable them to demonstrate and improve the quality of their services.


For more on this research see the Background Information


Being able to demonstrate the quality of services will better allow learning providers to:


·        address the concerns of individuals seeking training and recognition;


·        support agencies and organisations seeking to recruit and train their staff; and


·        generate more demand for their services.


RedR has partnered with Bioforce and Pearson, with funding and support from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, to facilitate the creation of a global humanitarian learning standard (led by RedR) and assessment standard (led by Bioforce). Our goal is to lead a consultation process that produces a standard that is useable and relevant.



To adhere to these three principles, the consultation process will be:



·        Transparent: with open communication, and accountability in relation to every stage of the process.


·        Inclusive: ensure that any stakeholder group or region of the world does not dominate the co-creation process.


·        Participatory: the consultation process will use a variety of methods to ensure accessibility.


·        Complementary: the elaboration process of the Standards and associated account other standards and associated quality mechanisms where appropriate.



More information on the consultation process is available here. Also available in French.


If you have any questions about this project or require any further information, please contact: Angharad Evans on


To see some of the ideas already shared on good quality learning and assessment visit our online collaboration board


Online collaboration board (Arabic)

Online collaboration board (French)


Online collaboration board (Spanish)


To view the background information in Spanish, click here.



Bioforce Institute  Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) RedR UK Pearson Education

Pearson Education is an education organisation that helps charities to have a social impact through learning.
Humanitarian Leadership Academy is a global learning initiative set up to facilitate partnerships and collaborative opportunities to enable people to prepare and respond to crises in their own countries. 
Bioforce Institute is a non-profit organisation that provides training, support and accredited certification to national and international crisis response stakeholders, both individuals and organisations.  
Image (c) Nathan Siegel for RedR UK