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Field Security Management - an online resource for Humanitarian workers

Humanitarian organisations are increasingly struggling to protect and deliver assistance in areas that are difficult to reach, under armed group control or in active conflicts, complicating their ability to deliver principled humanitarian aid. Such threats pose a danger to both local and international staff, programmes, and assets. NGOs may be unable to operate and aid programmes can close without the right security plans in place. 

With the number of NGOs on the rise, it should be a priority that they are protected out in the field. It is imperative that the most effective and secure plans are in place to ensure the safety of all workers. 

Field Security Management course

Security in the field relies on everyone knowing how to respond in the event of actual danger in order to minimise the impact of common security dilemmas in the field. 

Each module has an overview documentary, written content and an interactive assessment scenario. Additionally, every learner takes a pre-course quiz before they can begin any modules. 

The course covers 6 different areas, which provide the best approaches and tools to keep workers safe. 

Context assessment

The first module helps you to understand your environment and who you are. You will get to grips with the importance of context assessments, peoples responsibilities and how to monitor situations and contexts. 

This first part will help you to design and implement more effective and safer programmes. 

Threats, vulnerability and risk

Here, you will develop knowledge on what threats, vulnerabilities and risks are. How do you conduct a risk assessment and how do you manage the risks exposed?

It’s important you understand all of these areas, so that you are constantly on alert for potential incidents. 

Security strategies

The third module takes you over the three key approaches to security strategies: acceptance, protection and deterrence. You will understand the pros and cons of each, and which suits your organisation best. 

An important aspect of this module, is building an awareness of what others outside of your organisation perceive of you, and why you should invest time into understanding this. 

Security planning

In this module, you will understand risk management, what it involves and how to put your security plan in place. 

You will also develop a knowledge of why all of this matters for duty of care and to reduce overall risks for you and your team. 

Staff management

Why is your staff management important? This is where you’ll find out. Additionally, why is it needed and what does it include?

We also highlight the importance of managing stress, as it can seriously affect security plans. 

Incident reporting and management

The last module of the course, highlights what an incident is, when to report it and how to report incidents. 

It’s important to get to grips with the procedures around incidents and how to manage them so that all incidents are recorded correctly, and dealt with accordingly. 


Register for a Field Security Management course with Resilience Academy.