Welcome to your Humanitarian Essential Pathway. In this pathway, you will be introduced to the building blocks of humanitarian work, and explore some of the global aspirations of the sector and the challenges humanitarian workers face. Humanitarian agencies and individuals around the world are committed to achieving the best quality in their work with crisis-affected people; if you are interested in starting a career in the sector this course will help you explore what that means and give you a foundation of understanding of the key aspects of humanitarian aid programmes, and the values and principles that underpin them. 

About the Pathway                                                                                  

Humanitarian programmes are deployed all over the world in disaster situations, and it’s vital that those who work in this sector have the right skills and knowledge to work ethically, safely and professionally wherever they are working. This Learning Pathway has been created in partnership with international humanitarian organisations and sector experts to provide you with high quality and sector-relevant learning. The pathway can be accessed free of costs.

The Academy has created this Pathway particularly for professionals just starting, or hoping to start their career in the humanitarian sector. It can be useful also for who wants to transition from development to humanitarian work. As you work your way through the Pathway you will learn about the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework(CHCF), an international set of competencies for humanitarian workers, and explore their relevance to your work and future career.

If you are a mid-career humanitarian, you can use this pathway to refresh your knowledge and skills but also to start addressing competency gaps against the CHCF.

Content Overview

This pathway will introduce you to the following competencies of the CHCF:

  • Understanding the humanitarian context;
  • Applying humanitarian standards and principles;
  • Ensuring programme quality and impact;
  • Working accountably;
  • Listening and creating dialogue;
  • Working with others;
  • Minimising risks to crisis-affected people, partners and stakeholders;
  • Managing personal safety and security;
  • Adapting and coping;
  • Maintaining professionalism.

Each section of the pathway covers one competency and is aimed at increasing your knowledge and understanding of topics related to that competency. 

How does it work?

All the content is online to allow you the flexibility to break up the programme into manageable study sessions to suit you. Your progress through each section is tracked so you can return to your learning at any time and pick up where you left off. You can choose to complete only those sections that are most useful to you, or complete the whole Pathway. You will gain a certificate (and digital badge) for each section you complete as evidence of your learning. Once you enter the pathway, you will be able to access the competency based self-assessment, complete it, and decide which section will be most useful for you to learn.