Date: 29 – 30 Nov 2016
Length: 2 days
Location: Randburg, RSA


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.



  • 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


  • 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


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.


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.



Course fees will be R 7,250 per person including lunch and refreshments.
This does not include transport to the venue, accommodation.