Disaster Management programme: Disaster Planning English Pilot Course

Conflict Management

Course Duration: 21– 25 JANUARY 2019


The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre is offering a one week English pilot course in Disaster Planning (DP) to limited number of disaster management practitioners, persons training to enter into a disaster management role, police personnel and military participants. This disaster management course reflects KAIPTC’s initiative in developing disaster management courses in support of West African disaster managers and their professional development in the civilian and security sectors. This is in line with building the capacity of disaster managers in support of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Response Mechanism (EHRM).

The focus of the DP English pilot course is to evaluate instructor and participant materials, determine the effectiveness of the instruction, and test course timings and agenda to make final changes to the material. The pilot course will take five days (21-25 January 2019), during which time facilitators will teach the course to selected participants.  Participants will be requested to give feedback on course material and their experiences during the course.


The course is designed to provide disaster management professionals with a basic understanding of the importance of disaster planning in relation to disaster management; and the ability to conduct plan preparation, development, implementation, and maintenance.


The one-week course will be conducted in English through a combination of interactive presentations, small exercises, and a scenario-based exercise to conclude the course.


The course seeks to enable disaster management practitioners at the end of the course to be able to:

  1. Identify the five components of the Disaster Preparedness Cycle.
  2. Identify the benefits to using a “whole community” approach to disaster preparedness.
  3. Identify the six steps in the Planning Cycle.
  4. List the four steps involved in scoping a plan.
  5. List specified and implied tasks given in a senior leader’s intent.
  6. Develop a plan mission statement.
  7. Employ the SMART method to write objectives based on a disaster scenario
  8. Prepare an Information Analysis Brief (IAB)/Progress Brief based on a scenario to determine if disaster planning efforts should be continued or suspended.


On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define Disaster Preparedness.
  2. Describe the importance of disaster planning in relation to disaster management.
  3. Describe the initial three steps of the Planning Cycle that support plan preparation.
  4. Apply plan development concepts covered in steps four and five of the Planning Cycle using a disaster scenario.
  5. Describe the final step of the Planning Cycle that supports plan implementation and maintenance
  6. Determine when plans should be reviewed and updated.


The course will cover the following modules:

  1. Module 1: Disaster Preparedness and Planning.
  2. Module 2: Plan Preparation.
  3. Module 3: Plan Development.
  4. Module 4: Plan Implementation and Maintenance.


The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the course. Participants will play active roles in the learning process under the supervised guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as; lectures, case studies, small group work exercises and simulation among others. The course will be conducted in English.


The principal target audience   for the Disaster Planning pilot course will be predominantly disaster management practitioners, persons preparing to enter into a disaster management role, police and military personnel.


This course is sponsored by KAIPTC and USAFRICOM. Nominated participants will contact the Course Director to coordinate their travel arrangements to KAIPTC. Participants who will require visa on arrival will be responsible for their visa fees.


Other relevant information are:

  1. The course will be conducted in English ONLY.
  2. Maximum intake on the course is 20 participants.
  3. Every participant will have to prove adequate health insurance coverage before travelling to the Centre. KAIPTC will not bear any health or accident costs for any participant.
  4. Course participants should come along with their laptops.



Disaster Management Agencies of selected countries will select participants for the course. Selected participants will send to the Course Director their résumé/CV. For military candidate, also provide organization/duty location and position currently held. Along with the résumé/CV, participants should send the bio-data page of their passport. Disaster Management Agencies of participating countries should strive to achieve gender balance in nominating personnel for the course.



Contact of the Course Director is as follows:

Lt Col Dela Klutse

Course Director

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Tel +233-302-718200 – Ext 2038

Mobile +233 -262650279/+233-208725007