IFRC

Online certificate programme in disaster management

This integrated programme defines humanitarian response within the framework of an understanding of development, with vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as an integral part of development.

Bursary application deadline: 1 August 2016
Application deadline:
31 August 2016 (23: 59 hrs IST) (GMT + 5.30hrs)
Start date:
26 September 2016

Note: Indian Standard Time (+5.30 GMT) applies where deadlines are specified.

This online certificate programme in disaster management is offered by the Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Network of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS).

This integrated programme defines humanitarian response within the framework of an understanding of development, with vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as an integral part of development.

This programme recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by the poor and marginalized, and the disproportionate impact of disasters endured by them in the developing world. In this programme, the study of disaster risk reduction, disaster response and post-disaster recovery will be grounded in the values of justice, equity and social inclusion.

This course addresses disaster management in a comprehensive and holistic manner, including:

  1. pre-disaster preparedness and mitigation
  2. rescue and relief in the context of disaster
  3. post disaster rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery
  4. disaster risk reduction

The structure and content of the course has been tailored to the specific needs and context of the Red Cross Red Crescent health and resilience programmes.

The programme will extend the knowledge base and develop the practical skills of current and future practitioners in disaster response. On completion of this programme, participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response
  • understand and appreciate the specific contributions of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to the practice and conceptual understanding of disaster management and humanitarian response and their significance in the current context
  • recognize issues, debates and challenges arising from the nexus between paradigm of development and disasters
  • critically evaluate disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response policy and practice from multiple perspectives
  • develop an understanding of standards of humanitarian response and practical relevance in specific types of disasters and conflict situations
  • critically understand the strengths and weaknesses of disaster management approaches, planning and programming in different countries, particularly their home country or the countries they work in, and
  • respond to disaster risk reduction initiatives and disasters in an effective, humane and sustainable manner

Course outline

The curriculum will comprise eight modules (22 credits).

  • Module 0 – Learning to learn and World of Red Cross
  • Module 1 – Introduction to development
  • Module 2 – Humanitarian principles and values
  • Module 3 – Introduction to hazards, vulnerabilities and disasters
  • Module 4 – Disaster risk reduction and development planning
  • Module 5 – Information Communication and Geo-informatics Technologies in Disasters
  • Module 6 – Disaster response and post-disaster recovery
  • Module 7 – Term paper: Research and analysis
  • Module 8 – Field Practicum / Internship: Applied knowledge or practicum

Period of study

The course starts in April and September each year. It concludes in 12 months from the start of the programme.

Practical information

Who can apply?

  • Red Cross and Red Crescent National Society staff and volunteers working or interested in disaster management and humanitarian response
  • IFRC and ICRC staff
  • other professionals who need to understand and employ disaster management knowledge and expertise

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Fees

The fees are 990 US dollars per Red Cross Red Crescent and TISS alumni participant. The standard programme fee is 1980 US dollars. The fee is due once you have been accepted for the programme.

More information

Further information can be found on:

If you have a specific enquiry, please address it to onlinedm@tiss.edu and your query will be forwarded to the most appropriate person.




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