Welcome to the Training on Core Humanitarian Standard!


A more localized and collaborative surge is one of the goals of Transforming Surge Capacity Project (TSC). TSC staunchly supports the localisation agenda through several activities that aim to strengthen local surge capacity. This includes the provision of trainings on soft skills for humanitarian workers, improving local humanitarian coordination and pooling of skilled humanitarian workers through an online roster called “On Call”.

Central to the agenda of localisation is the role of local organisations (NGOs and CSOs), often tapped as partners or co-implementers of international organisations. Owing to their local presence and their familiarity with the local context and systems, their involvement in surge responses has been extensive and significant. However, these organisations admit to weaknesses and gaps in their institutional capacity, specifically in management, operations and technical competencies.

These gaps are reflected in studies, discussions and evaluations conducted over the past months, pointing to a clear need for local development organisations to be supported in improving their capacity to deliver humanitarian response. 

As a quality management system, the Core Humanitarian Standard for Quality and Accountability (CHS) would be a good foundation for organizations in improving humanitarian response capacity.  The idea is to use the nine CHS commitments and its accompanying guidance notes and indicators as the framework and then inject the appropriate practical tool or material to guide organisations to enhance or improve specific aspects of their organizational system so it is more adapted to the demands of a humanitarian action.  

In line with TSC’s localisation efforts, Christian Aid, in collaboration with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and with support from the CHS Alliance and Lutheran World Relief, is holding a training on the Core Humanitarian Standard on 12-15 September 2017 at the Discovery Suites, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The training will use the Core Humanitarian Standard as a framework to support local organisations in establishing internal emergency response systems, improving the quality of response, fostering collaboration and accessing funding, among others. 

It also serves as a first step in localizing CHS through the organisations’ active engagement by way of participating in the Module Development Working Group which will develop a localised module, utilising the experiences and lessons from local responses. 

CHS Alliance is a global alliance of non-profit organisations and networks with 264 members committed to quality and accountability towards people and communities affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. 



At the end of the training, organisations will:

  • Gain knowledge through global humanitarian updates and improve understanding on quality and accountability standards.
  • Get in-depth understanding on the structure, guidelines, and purpose of Core Humanitarian Standard.
  • Get an opportunity to outline the opportunities and challenges faced by humanitarian workers in implementing CHS approaches and tools throughout the organisation.
  • Become familiar with the process that helps to institutionalise the CHS commitments- Its quality criteria, key actions and guidelines.

Who should attend?

Decision maker/ management level staff who can lead lead the application of Core Humanitarian Standard in your organisation.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard, background and key features
  • Humanitarian principles
  • Sessions on each of the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard and how to mainstream these commitments
  • Action Planning

After the training, the following outputs and results are expected:

  • An organisational Action Plan to mainstream specific CHS commitments
  • A mentoring plan for the post-training/ad hoc technical support 
  • A compilation of lessons and experiences shared by training participants to be used in developing a localised surge training module
  • A Module Development Group composed of training participants who will contribute in the design and development of a localised CHS module. 

As part of the Module Development Working Group, you will be requested to:

  • Share experiences and tools during the CHS training
  • Participate in post-training engagements like meetings, discussions and workshops 
  • Provide inputs, suggestions and recommendations for the module

How will the training benefit your organisation?

This training will allow your organisation to:

  • Engage global standards such as CHS from your experiences and contribute to developing guidance notes and actual cases; 
  • Have a benchmark of your organisational capacity; 
  • Have a sense of whether you want to pursue CHS certification of your organization in the future; 
  • Be acknowledged in the final output – CHS Training Module for NGOs

Course fees

Course fees are waived.  The organisers will provide snacks and lunch for the duration of the training days.

Logistics support will only be provided for representatives of local NGOs who are coming from the provinces.


The training will be facilitated by Subhashis Roy of Lutheran World Relief, a certified CHS and Sphere trainer and a development and humanitarian professional with 18 years of extensive experience in leading various organisations on preparedness and readiness, provision of effective and appropriate response, coordination, organizational mandate, international standards and staff competency. He has previously worked in the Philippines during Haiyan emergency and has handled various posts in many Asian and South American Countries.

Subhashis will be supported by Cyra Michelle Bullecer of Christian Aid, a development and humanitarian professional who is trained on CHS and Sphere and whose background and experience include managing several humanitarian response actions and working on food security, health and energy issues, justice and governance in several countries.