Emergency Training


A key element of emergency preparedness is training. To be able to quickly and effectively respond to emergency situations as they unfold, staff need to be prepared and trained in advance. Training staff builds knowledge, skills and confidence and means that they are better equipped to handle crisis situations should they occur.

DRC is committed to enhancing programme quality, accountability to affected populations, and the timeliness of emergency response by systematically strengthening the capacity of DRC staff globally. As part of this commitment, the Emergency Unit strives to provide staff with regular access to trainings and enhance awareness of DRC’s policies and procedures related to emergency response, as well as relevant international standards.


EMCAP Training

New in 2020, the Emergency Unit has developed a comprehensive training package in emergency response known as EMCAP (Emergency Capacity) Training. EMCAP aims to ensure that training and learning related to emergency response is more consistently applied across DRC through the development of a more formal training curriculum which can adapted and carried out across country operations. This training also instills a principled approach to humanitarian emergencies and is therefore relevant in general for all staff to ensure we work from the same ethical frame.


The content

The EMCAP training consists of core training modules on emergency response that can be combined according to the identified training needs of individual country and regional offices. These modules are:

  • Introductions to emergency response and key emergency concepts
  • Principled humanitarian response
  • Needs assessments
  • MEAL in emergencies
  • Information management in emergencies
  • Protection in emergencies
  • Priority emergency sectors
  • CCCM
  • Access and negotiation
  • Coordination
  • Development of an emergency intervention concept
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning


The audience

The target group for the training modules is predominantly at the practitioner level (emergency staff), and secondly, senior management staff in country and region. The training components are focused on the ‘why and how to’ of emergency response, including on compliance and procedures.


The format

The training is designed to be adapted to specific in-country needs and can therefore be run as a 3 to 5 day course. Individual activities and sessions can be tailored to the specific context. The lead facilitators are from the Emergency Unit but additional facilitators can be taken from the Country Office to ensure the training is as relevant as possible for local needs.


How to request

For additional information or requests for in-country training, contact Caitlin Miller ([email protected]).