Call for Applications: Training Course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa

Course Date/Duration 07– 18 October 2019
Course Capacity 25 participants
Target Group Mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals
Course Language English, simultaneous interpretation French
Application Deadline 10 August 2019 


The West African region is confronted with a 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 infrastructures, 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 find 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). This course addresses the need for coordinated measures and mutual understanding between civilian, military and police actors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa course is jointly organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (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 (MOD).

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to improve effectiveness of humanitarian assistance by providing participants with thorough knowledge and skills of the humanitarian sector and enhancing interaction and mutual understanding between civilian, police, and military actors involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in West African region.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and skills regarding comprehensive approaches to planning, coordination, and implementation in the field of humanitarian assistance
  • Explain legal and normative frameworks that support humanitarian assistance
  • Enhance interaction and mutual understanding amongst relevant stakeholders (civilian, military, police)
  • Foster networking and peer exchange among practitioners in the field of humanitarian assistance

Target Group

Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group ofmid-level civilian, police, and military professionalsdirectly 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. 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.

Course Content

Course modules cover the following major topics (all topics related to humanitarian assistance):

  • Humanitarian actors and their mode of operations
  • International humanitarian law, code of conduct, and humanitarian principles
  • The ECOWAS framework and guidelines on disaster response
  • Civil-military coordination and relations
  • Human rights, human security and protection of civilians
  • Coordination and information management in the field
  • Forced migration and displacement
  • Humanitarian planning and project management
  • Cultural awareness and community engagement during emergencies
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Security and safety in the field
  • Media and communication
  • Environment


The course employs a problem-based learning approach that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application to the realities and working environments of the participants. The course content will be delivered using a combination of tools such as lectures, case studies, group exercises, and role plays.


  • Course Language: This course will be conducted in English. French translation will be provided.
  • Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
  • Board and Lodging: Board, Lodging and course fee for participants will be covered with the generous support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Ministry of Defence.
  • Costs: The costs of travel and visa are to be borne by the participants.
  • A limited number of scholarships for selected participants will be granted over the structures of the Austrian Defence Attaché System and the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MOD). In case this applies, relevant correspondence will have been addressed to the concerned official structures.
  • 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:

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.

Contacts at KAIPTC and ASPR

For administrative issues:

Mrs Marylyn Agblor

Training Coordinator KAIPTC

Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1012

Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana



For course content issues:


Lt Col, Austrian Armed Forces

Course Director KAIPTC

Tel: +233 (0) 546 921 030



For administrative issues:

Ms Claudia Hofer

ASPR Administrative Support

Tel: +43 (0) 3355 2498 507

Omit (0) when calling from outside Austria


For course content issues:

Project Manager HAWA ASPR

Ms Birgit Mayerhofer