Core Training Pathway

Stage One: Basic Security in the Field

Once a participant has been allocated a place on the Pre-Deployment Course, they will be asked to complete the United Nations Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS) e-learning course ‘Basic Security in the Field’. The course is composed of two modules and gives an overview of important health and safety considerations when working in the field.

Click here for the UNDSS Basic Security in the Field course


Photo: Mark Prescott, Pre-Deployment Course, Lancaster University. Lateral Thinking Exercise.

Stage Two: Pre-Deployment Course

This two day course provides participants with an overview of the humanitarian response arena. It introduces the UN and cluster system, along with necessary safety and security information. Participants are assessed on teamwork, leadership, communication skills and clear engagement with the course and each other. On successful completion of the course, participants will be considered for membership of an on-call team. They will also be eligible for consideration to recruitment for overseas training opportunities.





Stage Three: Deployment Course

The Deployment Course is currently delivered in collaboration with 2nd Medical Brigade Army Field Hospitals and Cadence Consultancy. In line with WHO guidelines, participants are trained and assessed in sudden-onset disaster management.

This is a simulation-based training course. Over five days, this team-based operational deployment training brings together many of the challenges likely to be faced on deployment i.e. security risks, language difficulties, cultural considerations and team dynamics. Participants engage in small team-building exercises and workshops to familiarise themselves with practical requirements and tools in the field i.e. communications, power, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), ethics and personal kit.

Photo: Clare Calland, Deployment Course, September 2017.