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In 2013, the 10th session of IT EMT was held in Pisa.

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FOCUS ON: IT Emergency Management Training

June 2010

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IT Emergency Management Training

The key to efficient and effective humanitarian emergency response operations is trained personnel who are available for immediate deployment. In addition to the constant technical skill-upgrade required by the nature of the humanitarian context, IT responders must also be prepared for emergencies in terms of managerial and survival skills. This intensive two-week training course focuses on developing IT and telecommunications experts capable of managing the ICT response to humanitarian emergency operations. Prepared in close collaboration with a range of humanitarian partners, including UNICEF, this training is held in Pisa, Italy, at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

Participants from UN agencies, Stand-by Partners and NGOs are invited to attend.



Open to all members of the humanitarian ICT community that are managing ICT projects in the field, or who are skilled ICT technicians that want to gain project management skills. There are typically 20 spaces per session.

This event is not open to private individuals or anyone not working in the ICT humanitarian sector.


13 - 24 July, 2015


The Scuola Sant'Anna Superiore in Pisa, Italy.


The key objective for the course is provide emergency ICT Project Management skills - for example how to write Project Plans & Budgets for an ICT project in an emergency context.

The training also includes presentations, by highly experienced ICT emergency managers and professors, on the aspects of humanitarian response in emergencies, focusing on planning and managing ICT infrastructure within the emergency context.

During the two weeks, participants also engage in team-building and leadership exercises, security simulation training, preventive medicine and first-aid as well as 4-wheel driving in rough terrain. Download sample agenda.


All travel, accommodation and food costs are covered for participants.


Entry Test

There is an entry test to assess ability which will support application for the candidates who fulfil the criteria. This helps the learning process by ensuring everyone starts with the same minimum level of background knowledge. Candidates must pass the entry test to be eligible for selection.

How to Apply

Selection priority has been given to the selcted participants of the postponed ITEMT 2014.

  1. Complete Entry Test (Closed)
  2. Obtain Letter of Support from your nominator. Due to the high number of applications received for this course, participants must present written confirmation from their supervisor that should an emergency strike, they will be on the first deployment list.
  3. Complete the Application Form, adding your CV, Letter of Support, Letter of Motivation and Test Results.
  4. Contact if you have any enquiries.

Only complete applications will be considered. FITTEST Training Services should receive complete applications only and should not be copied on internal correspondence. Submit complete applications to or contact us via the same email address for further information on how to apply.


Nominations must come from the most senior manager that is responsible for emergency IT and telecommunications across your organisation globally (for example, a CIO). Nominations cannot come from individual applicants, or country level managers (unless your organisation does not have a global level).

Participants will normally be notified at least 7 to 8 weeks before the training starts whether they have been selected or not.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be considered based on:

  • Entry test passed
  • Practical managerial experience
  • Key technical background
  • Manager's written approval supplied with application
  • Relevant university degree (or equivalent)
  • Emergency experience
  • Being in position to be deployed to humanitarian emergencies on completion of the course in an ICT role.

In-course evaluation of participants

During the course there are two components for evaluation;

  • A written test (multiple choice)
  • Project Plan and Budget

The written test is administered by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.  The Scuola will award participants with university credits, based on their results in the written test.

Re-evaluation for past participants

For some students, the Project Plan and Budget they prepare for assessment may be the first they have ever done for an IT project. Often students miss out on a strong assessment result by missing one key component of the plan or budget, and with more experience they would have avoided this mistake. In recognition of these situations, we offer the opportunity for past students to be re-evaluated on their project plans and budgets. Note that re-evaluation of the written test is not possible.

For logistical reasons, re-evaluations are run in conjunction with delivery of the actual course, although handled remotely - i.e. via email and telephone. 

If you are a past student and would like to find out more about the re-evaluation opportunity, please contact