Course Title: NGO Security Management Online

Also known as: Online NGO & humanitarian security management, online security management

Duration: 40 hrs

Course Format: Online

Course Overview:

This course is based on materials and approaches developed by UNHCR’s Field Safety Section for the training of UNHCR managers deploying to insecure environments. The materials have been modified by Evosec & the ISAB to apply to a wide range of humanitarian organisations, NGOs and aid agencies. The Security Risk Assessment (SRA) model is based principally on that of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). Other tools and materials have been drawn from various text, on-line, and other training resources, with due attribution to the original source wherever possible.The aim of this course is to introduce managers of humanitarian and development programs in insecure areas to the techniques and tools of managing risk. Emphasis is placed on three principle areas of concern: security risk assessment, security plans and planning, and critical incident management.There are several assessments throughout the course including multiple choice questions, short answer questions and assignments. The assignments will be graded by a tutor who will give you feed back on each of your answers.This course is designed to be informative and build up the concepts associated with security and risk management in insecure environments. This course is an course with real world scenarios, group projects and discussions that help develop the skills required for managing security systems.

Learning Objectives for this Course

After successfully completing this learning module, you should be able to:
  • Better understand the global trend of insecurity facing humanitarian field workers and the general types of responses that are being taken to meet security threats in the field by UN, Red Cross Movement, and NGO  partners.
  • Understand, appreciate and explain the overall Security Risk Assessment (SRA) and Security Risk Management (SRM) approaches to security management for humanitarian field workers.
  • Use standardized terminology and tools to assess threat patterns, analyze risk, and prioritize measures to reduce risks of different threats in your working environment.
  • Develop basic security plans, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and scenario-specific contingency plans for serious security incidents.
  • Understand the basic strategies for responding effectively to critical security incidents in the field should they actually occur.
  • Understand the relationships between different operational partners in the field concerning your security.
  • Understand and deal with the relationship between stress and security for field-based staff.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to Security for Humanitarians Workers
Introduction to Security for Humanitarian Workers FREE 00:10:00
Security Context for International Field Workers 00:20:00
Recent Trends in Humanitarian Staff Security 00:25:00
Humanitarian Response to Security Threats 00:15:00
Unit 1 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 1 Quiz 00:30:00
Approaches to Managing Security
Approaches to Managing Security 00:10:00
ICRC and the “Seven Pillars” Approach 00:10:00
The Security Triangle Model 00:20:00
The United Nations Response to Staff Security and UNHCR’s Culture of Security 00:30:00
Accountability for Staff Security 00:20:00
Unit 2 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 2 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Overview of Security Risk Assessment
Overview of Security Risk Assessment 00:10:00
Threat Assessment 00:15:00
Vulnerability Assessment 00:10:00
Program Assessment 00:05:00
Risk Analysis 00:10:00
Criticality Assessment 00:10:00
Decide and Implement Measures 00:10:00
Review and Modify 00:05:00
Unit 3 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 3 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Threat Assessment
Threat Assessment 00:10:00
Approaches to Threat Assessment 00:05:00
Historical Analysis 00:20:00
Pattern Analysis 00:20:00
Change Analysis 00:25:00
Unit 4 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 4 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Vulnerability Assessment
Vulnerability Assessment 00:10:00
The Importance of Vulnerability Assessment in SRA 00:10:00
Key Factors to Consider in Vulnerability Assessment 00:20:00
Vulnerability “Benchmarking” 00:15:00
Unit 5 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 5 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Program Assessment
Program Assessment 00:05:00
What is Program Assessment? 00:10:00
How Humanitarian Programs Affect Staff Security in the Field 00:15:00
Program-Related Risk Factors May Change Over Time 00:10:00
The Other Side – How Measures to Improve Staff Security Affect Humanitarian Programs 00:00:00
Doing Your Own Program Assessment 00:20:00
Unit 6 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 6 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Risk Assessment and the Risk Matrix
Risk Assessment and the Risk Matrix 00:05:00
Understanding Risk 00:10:00
Determining Impact 00:25:00
Determining Likelihood 00:30:00
The Risk Matrix 00:40:00
Practical Guidance on Using the Risk Matrix 00:10:00
Risk Assessment and Bias 00:15:00
Unit 7 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 7 Assignment Answers 00:00:00
Unit 7 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Risk Reduction Measures
Risk Reduction Measures 00:10:00
Criticality Assessment 00:20:00
Types of Risk Reduction Measures 00:20:00
The Risk Reduction Toolkit 00:50:00
Unit 8 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 8 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Security Plans and Planning
Security Plans and Planning 00:10:00
Does Every Office Need a Security Plan? 00:15:00
The Plan 00:20:00
Scenario-Based Security Contingency Planning 00:10:00
Security Planning and Your Budget 00:10:00
Unit 9 Summary 00:45:00
Unit 9 Quiz – NGO Security Management Unlimited
Critical Incident Management
Critical Incident Management 00:10:00
Critical Incident Management and Security Planning 00:05:00
Stages of a Critical Incident and Response 00:15:00
Tools and Methods 00:15:00
Information Management 00:20:00
Unit 10 Summary 00:10:00
Unit 10 Quiz – NGO Security Management 02:46:38
Security Relationships in the Field
Security Relationships in the Field 00:10:00
Security Relationships with the Host Government 00:15:00
Security Relationships with and among NGOs and Other Partner Agencies 00:10:00
Security Relationships between Humanitarian and Military Organizations 00:20:00
Staff Security and the Security of Beneficiaries 00:15:00
Unit 11 Summary 00:10:00
Security and Stress
Security and Stress 00:10:00
The Relationship between Stress and Security 00:05:00
Some Basic Information about Stress 00:15:00
Individual Adapting and Coping Strategies 00:20:00
Managing Staff Stress in Insecure Field Environments 00:25:00
Provide Support to Staff after Critical Events 00:20:00
Unit 12 Summary 00:10:00

Course Reviews


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  1. 5

    Really good quality content. Highly recommended

  2. 5

    Great. I will be coming back to this for months

  3. 5

    Could not recommend this more. Covers so much

  4. 5

    Really Enjoyable course. I learned a lot. Very comprehensive

  5. 5

    Excellent. Would love to do more courses like this

  6. 5

    It’s an excellent course with a holistic approach

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