WASH in Emergency

Learn about and share experiences on planning and management of WASH emergency responses in this summer course, convened by UNHCR, UNICEF and IHE Delft.

For whom?

Water, sanitation and hygiene professionals who are interested in international humanitarian responses. Previous experience in international humanitarian response is preferred.

The training is designed as a simulation. You will be exposed to real-world situations and will have the opportunity to practice the new knowledge and skills, learn from other’s experiences in real emergencies and share own experiences. The course also features an evening programme.

The course covers the following topics:

  • The general context, the interdisciplinary connections, and the scope of WASH in emergency
  • Coordination principles, tools and skills
  • Overview of UNICEF and UNHCR as organizations, their mandates and their commitments and priorities in emergencies
  • Overview of the international legal framework, code of conduct and guiding principles of humanitarian action
  • Principles and tools of risk management, contingency planning and disaster preparedness
  • Resource management and mobilization, business processes, rules and procedures
  • Standards applied by UNICEF, UNHCR and global cluster
  • Acquisition, management and use of information for decision making, monitoring and reporting
  • Emergency planning and management
  • Facilitation, communication and management skills


The course is a product of a unique collaboration between three UN institutions: UNICEF, UNHCR and IHE Delft.



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