We provide ongoing training and mentoring to our partner organisations, to develop their capabilities in humanitarian and resilience programming.
Since May 2018, HARP-F provided training to 724 people (44% of whom are women) from 154 civil society organisations (CSOs) and small non governmental organisations (NGOs) across Myanmar. The training is designed to build the resilience of local, development, civil society actors to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and complex disasters.
154 organisations trained
724 people trained (inc. trainers)
237 women trained on EEPR
362 men trained on EEPR
65 people trained on basic humanitarian response
I. Build the capacity of local organisations : We provide organisational strengthening training to ensure that local organisations are empowered to deliver effective, sustainable humanitarian assistance and have the necessary mechanisms to build a resilient Myanmar. Each CSO designs an organisational development strategy, identifies where they would require capacity enhancement, and decides on what type of training is needed. HARP-F’s capacity enhancement training covers topics as broad as human resource management policies, financial management, including fraud, and reporting, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
II. Build the skills of first responders with specialised humanitarian and emergency preparedness and response training. HARP-F has provided CSOs and non-profit organisations with Emergency Planning and Response Training to improve their rapid response capacity for emergency situations like pandemics, natural disasters, and armed conflict. This training is intended for frontline and supporting staff of non humanitarian agencies to prepare for and respond to emergencies in a more efficient and effective way. When they choose to take our specialised training, they acquire technical skills on disaster preparedness and response, and basic humanitarian response. They also gain an increased capacity to comply with internationally accepted financial and programme management accountability requirements - on fraud and safeguarding, including protection from sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA), for example.
The different trainings cover:
Essential Emergency preparedness and response (EEPR)
“Very worth spending a few days to gain such wealth learning experience.” “More being learned as language medium is Myanmar and trainers are local experts.” “Practical sessions and simulations are very valuable, knowledgeable, and unforgettable.”
1. Essential Emergency preparedness and response (EEPR)
Many trainings that exist in Myanmar focus on disaster risk reduction rather than emergency response more broadly. The HARP-F EEPR training is the only generalized (non organisation-specific) emergency response course available in Myanmar, and the only one delivered in Myanmar language, by local trainers, and specific to the Myanmar context.
This course is designed for local organisations, and focuses on strengthening skills at the individual level. It covers concepts such as humanitarian coordination, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, safety and security, and do no harm. See the modules here
This course content is not a one-size fits all, but is developed to fit the requirements and needs of the CSO/NGOs, based on their self-assessment, and is highly context-specific. Local CSOs and NGOS have shown a growing interest in this course since it was launched in 2018.
As the end of 2021, HARP-F had delivered 23 Essential Emergency Preparedness and Response trainings to 659 persons from various local NGO and CSOs in the southeast, Kachin, Rakhine, Sagaing, Ayeyarwaddy, Naypyidaw, Mandalay, Bago, and Yangon.
2. Essential Emergency preparedness and response Training of Trainers
HARP-F has trained 60 trainers – half of them women – to deliver the EEPR course. In addition to the core courses, the trainers also took part in a module on facilitation concepts and techniques.
3. Basic humanitarian assistance training
With humanitarian needs increasing after the military coup in February 2021 and the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2021, a group of local organisations asked HARP-F to deliver a new round of training adapted to this context. The new course, Basic Humanitarian Response Training (BHRT), is a modified version of the EEPR course. It aims to equip small CSOs with a basic knowledge of principles, codes and standards in humanitarian response, and an understanding of the basic concepts of a humanitarian response if disaster strikes in the area where this CSO is working.
HARP-F delivered this training to 65 people, mostly frontline staff and middle management form 16 CSOs, across Myanmar, in September and October 2021. The training was delivered over three days, though various methods including presentations, facilitated discussions, videos, breakout groups, exercises and tests.
While humanitarian needs are growing in Myanmar, the COVID-19 movement restrictions and February 2021 military coup have rendered in-person training impossible. We have therefore adapted the EEPR training to make it available on-demand, on an online self-learning platform.
The eight-hour online course is intended to serve as an essential introduction for anyone interested in the humanitarian sector, including people who are not familiar with humanitarian actions/programs.
It will combine theory and knowledge to equip new learners with the basic skills needed for on-the-ground delivery of emergency response actions, covering the key components, principles, and approaches that apply in humanitarian response and is and is also suitable for people who are not familiar with humanitarian programmes. In addition to the EEPR modules, the online course will offer modules on Introduction to Incident Command System, Emerging issues, General response protocols, and Urban response and conflicts.
Participants will hear first-hand experiences from individuals who have been involved in on-the-ground humanitarian responses in Myanmar that will enable them to better understand and appreciate the humanitarian system. Participants who pass the final test with 80% or above scores earn a certificate.
The online trainings will be conducted in Myanmar language and provide training materials/resources, videos, presentations both online and offline.
The online self learning training platform will be available from March 2022.