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Call for Applications: Training of Trainers Course for Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa
24 March 2017 - 01 May 2017



Course Date/Duration    19 – 23 June 2017

Course Capacity    15 participants

Target Group    Mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals working in the area of Humanitarian Assistance. Ideally graduates of the Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa Course but not limited to.

Course Language    English

Application Deadline    1 May 2017


Introduction


The West African region is confronted with an increasing number of inter-connected and transnational challenges, which constitute obstacles to integration and development. More than 130 million people in the region live in extreme poverty, a population that is particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, recurrent natural disasters, climate change, the economic crises and socio-political instability. The effects and consequences of natural and human-made disasters are diverse and include population movements, destruction to property and key socio-economic infrastructure, epidemics, food insecurity and malnutrition, and an increased weakening of state capacities to manage these challenges.

The ECOWAS Commission has thus adopted the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 and member states are currently working on the implementation of the respective Plan of Action. This course contributes to several strategic objectives of the Plan of Action of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 through building capacities, increasing awareness and knowledge, and meeting training needs in support of effective humanitarian assistance.

In light of humanitarian crises and disasters, civilian nongovernment and government organizations, the police and the military often finds themselves working side by side. Thereby, it is often the military as a last resort which has the necessary resources to provide immediate relief on a large scale. However, civil-military cooperation often lacks mechanisms for effective cooperation and a division of tasks and responsibilities. The need for coordinated measures was noted by the creation of the Oslo Guidelines on the use of military and civilian assets in cases of emergency, within OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS). The core course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (HAWA) addresses the need for coordinated measures and mutual understanding between civilian, military and police actors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The offered course, which aims to further increase the capacities of graduates of the HAWA core course, will provide participants with the necessary tools to transfer knowledge and deliver future HAWA core courses as trainers in their particular working environment.

This Training of Trainers course is jointly organized by the KAIPTC and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sports.


Course Aim

The aim of the ToT course is to develop a pool of trainers in the West Africa region able to support the delivery of future HAWA core courses as well as other humanitarian assistance training aimed at civilian, police and military actors involved in humanitarian and disaster relief in an African context.

Objectives

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
-    Subscribe to and formulate the values of improving the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance through enhancing knowledge, interaction and mutual understanding between the various actors including the need for coordinated action;
-    Support the aims and training methodologies embodied in the HAWA core course;
-    To provide training support for future HAWA core courses.


Target Group

Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals directly or indirectly engaged in humanitarian assistance and/or disaster relief operations in Africa generally, and in the West Africa Region particularly, either at the local, national or regional level. Ideal applicants will have already completed the HAWA core course offered at the KAIPTC.

For the selection process, due attention will be given to a balanced geographical, ethnical, gender, and professional distribution as well as with a strong view on increasing the share of civilian participants/civil society organizations in KAIPTC’s training courses. Proficiency in written/spoken English is expected, experience as trainers is an asset.

Course Content

Course modules cover the following major topics:

-    Familiarization with the HAWA core course programme, its objectives and rationale, as well as its methodology;
-    Adapting the training materials and course contents to specific audiences and contexts;
-    Generic course management skills, including preparation of course, didactic skills, integration of participants and their experiences in the preparation and delivery of course modules, as well as course feedback and evaluation;
-    Principles of adult learning and participatory approaches, presentation skills, and achieving learning outcomes.


Methodology


The ToT Course training methodology will include:

-    Pre-course study of selected HAWA core course modules;
-    Participatory, problem-based learning approaches using facilitated discussions;
-    Theoretical sessions with practical application;
-    Experiential learning, group work and table-top exercises;
-    Individual and small group Practice Sessions based on HAWA course content and material to allow for application of information and concepts presented;
-    Peer-review and exchanges of participants’ individual experience and subject matter expertise in humanitarian assistance;
-    Study of HAWA core course content, methodology and material;
-    Individual mentoring and groupwork support.


Logistics

-    Course Language: This course will be conducted in English.
-    Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
-    Costs: Air travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered with the generous support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Costs related to visa need to be covered by the participants, if applicable.
-    Insurance: KAIPTC and ASPR do NOT accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or other insurance. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance coverage for the duration of the training.
-    Visa: Costs for visa are NOT covered by ASPR or KAIPTC and must be covered by the participant. Visa applications must be organized by the participant.


How to Apply

To apply for the course, please go to this web address: http://lms.kaiptc.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=5

The web address will take you to the Course Application page on the KAIPTC’s Learning Management System (LMS). Please read and follow the instructions on the course application page carefully and exactly to be able to submit your application for the course.

NOTE: All applications must be completed fully. Partially completed applications will NOT be considered in the selection process.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 1 May 2017


Contacts at KAIPTC


For administrative issues:

Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Training Coordinator
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1012
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Email: marylyn.agblor@kaiptc.org

For course content issues only:

Ortwin Gammer
LtCol, Austrian Armed Forces
Course Director
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 2165
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Email: ortwin.gammer@kaiptc.org


Contacts at ASPR and Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence

For administrative issues:

Ms Claudia Hofer
ASPR Administrative Support
Tel: +43 (0) 3355 2498 507
Omit (0) when calling from outside Austria
Email: hofer@aspr.ac.at

For course content issues only:

BG Dr. Alois A. Hirschmugl
Ministry of Defense and Sports/Austria
Tel: +43 664 622 3001

Email: Alois.hirschmugl@bmlvs.gv.at



 

Call for Applications: Training of Trainers Course for Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa
24 March 2017 - 01 May 2017



Course Date/Duration    19 – 23 June 2017

Course Capacity    15 participants

Target Group    Mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals working in the area of Humanitarian Assistance. Ideally graduates of the Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa Course but not limited to.

Course Language    English

Application Deadline    1 May 2017


Introduction


The West African region is confronted with an increasing number of inter-connected and transnational challenges, which constitute obstacles to integration and development. More than 130 million people in the region live in extreme poverty, a population that is particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, recurrent natural disasters, climate change, the economic crises and socio-political instability. The effects and consequences of natural and human-made disasters are diverse and include population movements, destruction to property and key socio-economic infrastructure, epidemics, food insecurity and malnutrition, and an increased weakening of state capacities to manage these challenges.

The ECOWAS Commission has thus adopted the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 and member states are currently working on the implementation of the respective Plan of Action. This course contributes to several strategic objectives of the Plan of Action of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 through building capacities, increasing awareness and knowledge, and meeting training needs in support of effective humanitarian assistance.

In light of humanitarian crises and disasters, civilian nongovernment and government organizations, the police and the military often finds themselves working side by side. Thereby, it is often the military as a last resort which has the necessary resources to provide immediate relief on a large scale. However, civil-military cooperation often lacks mechanisms for effective cooperation and a division of tasks and responsibilities. The need for coordinated measures was noted by the creation of the Oslo Guidelines on the use of military and civilian assets in cases of emergency, within OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS). The core course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (HAWA) addresses the need for coordinated measures and mutual understanding between civilian, military and police actors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The offered course, which aims to further increase the capacities of graduates of the HAWA core course, will provide participants with the necessary tools to transfer knowledge and deliver future HAWA core courses as trainers in their particular working environment.

This Training of Trainers course is jointly organized by the KAIPTC and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sports.


Course Aim

The aim of the ToT course is to develop a pool of trainers in the West Africa region able to support the delivery of future HAWA core courses as well as other humanitarian assistance training aimed at civilian, police and military actors involved in humanitarian and disaster relief in an African context.

Objectives

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
-    Subscribe to and formulate the values of improving the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance through enhancing knowledge, interaction and mutual understanding between the various actors including the need for coordinated action;
-    Support the aims and training methodologies embodied in the HAWA core course;
-    To provide training support for future HAWA core courses.


Target Group

Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals directly or indirectly engaged in humanitarian assistance and/or disaster relief operations in Africa generally, and in the West Africa Region particularly, either at the local, national or regional level. Ideal applicants will have already completed the HAWA core course offered at the KAIPTC.

For the selection process, due attention will be given to a balanced geographical, ethnical, gender, and professional distribution as well as with a strong view on increasing the share of civilian participants/civil society organizations in KAIPTC’s training courses. Proficiency in written/spoken English is expected, experience as trainers is an asset.

Course Content

Course modules cover the following major topics:

-    Familiarization with the HAWA core course programme, its objectives and rationale, as well as its methodology;
-    Adapting the training materials and course contents to specific audiences and contexts;
-    Generic course management skills, including preparation of course, didactic skills, integration of participants and their experiences in the preparation and delivery of course modules, as well as course feedback and evaluation;
-    Principles of adult learning and participatory approaches, presentation skills, and achieving learning outcomes.


Methodology


The ToT Course training methodology will include:

-    Pre-course study of selected HAWA core course modules;
-    Participatory, problem-based learning approaches using facilitated discussions;
-    Theoretical sessions with practical application;
-    Experiential learning, group work and table-top exercises;
-    Individual and small group Practice Sessions based on HAWA course content and material to allow for application of information and concepts presented;
-    Peer-review and exchanges of participants’ individual experience and subject matter expertise in humanitarian assistance;
-    Study of HAWA core course content, methodology and material;
-    Individual mentoring and groupwork support.


Logistics

-    Course Language: This course will be conducted in English.
-    Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
-    Costs: Air travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered with the generous support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Costs related to visa need to be covered by the participants, if applicable.
-    Insurance: KAIPTC and ASPR do NOT accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or other insurance. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance coverage for the duration of the training.
-    Visa: Costs for visa are NOT covered by ASPR or KAIPTC and must be covered by the participant. Visa applications must be organized by the participant.


How to Apply

To apply for the course, please go to this web address: http://lms.kaiptc.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=5

The web address will take you to the Course Application page on the KAIPTC’s Learning Management System (LMS). Please read and follow the instructions on the course application page carefully and exactly to be able to submit your application for the course.

NOTE: All applications must be completed fully. Partially completed applications will NOT be considered in the selection process.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 1 May 2017


Contacts at KAIPTC


For administrative issues:

Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Training Coordinator
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1012
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Email: marylyn.agblor@kaiptc.org

For course content issues only:

Ortwin Gammer
LtCol, Austrian Armed Forces
Course Director
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 2165
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Email: ortwin.gammer@kaiptc.org


Contacts at ASPR and Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence

For administrative issues:

Ms Claudia Hofer
ASPR Administrative Support
Tel: +43 (0) 3355 2498 507
Omit (0) when calling from outside Austria
Email: hofer@aspr.ac.at

For course content issues only:

BG Dr. Alois A. Hirschmugl
Ministry of Defense and Sports/Austria
Tel: +43 664 622 3001

Email: Alois.hirschmugl@bmlvs.gv.at