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Invitation to participants and organisations

Tailor-made courses to suit different needs


The increasingly complex and high-risk humanitarian and international operating arenas demand responders and those whose business takes them into conflict, natural disaster or other insecure theatres of operations to effectively and confidently meet the challenge of working in difficult conditions.

GEG provides a hands-on, highly interactive simulation and case-based environment to carry out realistic, challenging but carefully-managed training and development courses customised to the client’s specific profile mandate and area of operations. Participants often come from the UN, humanitarian aid agencies, government, faith-based organisations, the media, travel professionals, diplomats and others in the private sector who may be deploying into a higher risk operating and working environment.


Course Overview

The GEG HFT gives participants the tools, understanding, confidence and skills required to ‘hit the ground running’ and work successfully when operating in sensitive or insecure situations.

The course is run by internationally recognized emergency management and security professionals who have led humanitarian response efforts around the globe following natural disasters and in conflict situations. This dynamic, interdisciplinary course places emphasis on essential practical skills development.

This GEG course augments and reinforces any previous academic, technical and theoretical training preparing participants to work with a wide range of humanitarian and other organizations including the UN, NGOs, Governments, military entities and private sector response- orientated companies.


The 4-day HFT course uses a mixed-methods approach of hands-on field practice and classroom instruction for optimal learning. Approximately 25% of the training is classroom-based with the remaining time spent engaged in field-based simulations and exercises designed to build practical knowledge, confidence and skills.

Key Topic Areas

  • Humanitarian and other Actors and the International Humanitarian Community
  • Humanitarian Service Sectors (Damage & Needs Assessments, Logistics, Relief, WASH, Health, Livelihoods etc.), Best Practices and Coordination
  • Personal Preparedness, Security and Safety in the Field (Including Emergency First Aid, Personal Health and Safety, Dangerous Weapons and Materials Awareness, Minefields, Hostage Situations)
  • Managing Field Equipment (Including Temporary Operations and Accommodation Set-Up, Off-Road Driving, Radio Communications, GPS, Satellite Phones)
  • Cultural awareness and community engagement
  • Role of the military and private sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in humanitarian operations
  • Your Career and Work in Humanitarian Field Operations


Global Emergency Group’s 2017 HFT will be hosted at the Panthera Training Facility in Old Fields, West Virginia, less than 120 miles from Washington D.C. Private accommodation are included in the price of the training.


For further details about the HFT course and dates for our upcoming courses, please contact:

Aliisa Paivalainen – Director, Client Engagement

How to Apply & Deadline

Please download the one-page application here.


“The course was absolutely wonderful! I learned a lot and am very excited to utilize it in my career” – Kenly Flanigan, Project Hope, March 2015 Participant

“I have taken courses in Personal Security and Disaster Management [in the past]. This course excels those on many levels. The course was very good at creating an atmosphere that encouraged open discussion” – Jeff Roth, Booz Allan Hamilton, March 2015 Participant