As the frequency and intensity of disasters rises year on year, the need for qualified humanitarian workers (national and international) has never been more urgent. Ensuring humanitarian aid workers have essential skills in key aspects of humanitarian relief significantly improves response to major natural and man-made crises. Though there is no sector-wide standard to ensure the quality of humanitarian training, increasingly there is agreement around core competencies good aid workers should have. In practice skills are currently often passed between aid workers through a chain of training sessions with high risk that the quality of the facilitation and learning dilutes as the numbers broaden. As a result, trainees often do not receive the skills they require and – more importantly – disaster-hit communities fail to get the quality humanitarian support they need. Better trained staff means a more effective response to humanitarian emergencies. Osman Consulting Ltd offers bespoke trainings and industry standard ones (see our training 1 pager [June 2015], or the summary in English or Arabic; an OC Training Catalogue will be published shortly). We have provided over 100 trainings to about three thousand people on four continents and provided wider capacity building to a number of clients. A related part to this service offering is increasing the successful interaction of humanitarian actors of different cultures, such as our work advising the START Network on engaging with humanitarian actors from the Middle East. We also help deepen and grow our clients’ technical, financial and policy cooperation with the international humanitarian architecture (such as UN agencies). Our Director is Sphere and INEE Master trainer in English and Arabic and regularly participates in relevant events, e.g. Sphere MENA workshop in May 2015 in Jordan and contributing to the Sphere 2011 review. Moustafa is a Sphere Middle-East focal point. In June 2015, OC also signed an MoU with Coventry University focusing on Disaster Management and Hazards Research. Since 2007, OC’s Director also teaches a DM module at Birmingham University and OC’s Head of Research teaches a number of interdisciplinary modules at The Open University since 2009.
OC is contributing to the development of the pilot and roll out of Building a Better Response in Arabic, a major USAID project on ‘Strengthening Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Capacity and Engagement in the International Humanitarian Architecture’ implemented by Harvard University, International Medical Corps, and Concern Worldwide (read more here).
Osman Consulting is working with the Governance Strengthenig Project/ Taqadum in supporting a post conflict recovery service delivery planning and management initiatives in three Governorates: Ninawa, Salah ad Din and Anbar. The aim of the project is to build the capacity of local governments of the 3 targeted Governorates on post conflict service restoration and delivery including assessment, planning and prioritising recovery activities and managing the service delivery restoration needed for the people who will be returning to their communities.
Better operational mechanisms, information sharing protocols and improved strategic planning are necessary to improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian response. Since the first conference in 2010, the aim of the events entitled ‘Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action‘ was to strengthen communication and promote creative partnerships between Arab organisations and the international humanitarian system. OC has been present at almost all annual conferences since, and regularly as a facilitator too (e.g. in October 2014 in Kuwait).
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Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Deliver intensive INEE trainings (Beirut and Amman) to increase capacity of schools, teachers, parents and students to deal with Syrian crisis; as well as facilitation of regional workshops on education in emergencies for Syria crisis in three countries.
Access to Justice and Community Security
Providing training to the field officers / coordinators and representative from the provincial authorities. The training was part of an overall AJACS project funded by the US, UK, Danish and Dutch Governments
Promoting Resilience and Good Governance in Northern Syria
Built tailored training and mentoring plan for selected local councils to address core changes and recent developments.
Cash for Work Trainings
Provided trainings on implementing cash-for work systems for Turkish NGOs. Focused on the practicalities of setting up a cash-for-work system, including beneficiary selection, beneficiary management, payment mechanisms, compliance issues, monitoring and training.
- Disaster Management (a postgraduate version of which is implemented by OC every year since 2007 for the University of Birmingham)
- SPHERE (Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response) (as e.g. implemented in 2013 in Libya and MCF)
- SPHERE Training of Trainers (ToT) (as e.g. implemented in 2015 for Saudi Red Crescent; 2014 for Mercy Corps in Libya; 2013 for UN OCHA in UAE and for UAE’s OCFA, now MICAD in 2011, in Amman, Jordan, in 2007 [the first Sphere ToT in the Middle East)
- INEE Minimum Standards for Education: preparedness, response and recovery (as e.g. implemented for UNESCO on Education in Emergencies and Transition in Egypt and Libya(2012)
- INEE Training of Trainers (ToT) (e.g. Jordan, Lebanon; OC was a facilitator at the first INEE Training of Trainers in the Middle-East)
- Safety and Security in the Field/ Working in a hostile environment (as e.g. implemented for HAI and MCF)
- International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
- Civil-Military Coordination in Humanitarian context
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
- Project management in emergencies
- Needs and resources assessment in disasters
- Humanitarian protection
- Monitoring and evaluation in emergencies
- Coping with stress during emergencies
- Environmental impact assessment (EIA) in emergencies
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) (as e.g. implemented for UNESCO Viet Nam on disaster risk reduction (and again in September 2013, one of several trainings)
- Building a better response (BBR); OC contracted for the roll out of this in Arabic language countries by IMC
- Accessing humanitarian funding
- Finance and disaster management
- Camp management (as e.g. provided for the Iraq Red Crescent)
- Humanitarian logistics
- Crowd management in disaster response
- Gender in emergencies
- Engagement in humanitarian architecture
- Working in an Islamic context (see OC articles on this)
- Islam and the Environment
- 10 ways to make the best of your day at work
- Humanitarian leadership
- Humanitarian pathway, e-learning
- Finance and disaster management, e-learning (under development)
- Incorporating DRR in the curriculum
And for an example of on-the-job training