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.
* Applicants from a non-ICT background are unlikely to get full value from this training, and would probably struggle in the in-course evaluation. We recommend only those with an ICT background apply.
This course runs once per year, generally around late September / early October. See the training calendar for exact dates.
| 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. |
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There is an entry test for anyone interested in this course. More details here. This helps the learning process by ensuring everyone starts with the same minimum level of background knowledge.
Candidates must complete the entry test in order to be eligible for selection.
How to Apply
Once the Entry Test is successfully completed, please have the appropriate manager in your organization* nominate you (see below) by sending send an e-mail with the following attachments:
- CV (no particular format is required)
- A letter of motivation (no more than half a page)
- Results of the Entry Test
The email should be sent to email@example.com .
Nominations must come from a 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).
For IFRC candidates, nominations must come from the Information Services Department (USD).
For IOM candidates, nominations must come from the ITC Division in Headquarters. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For OCHA candidates, nominations must come from the Communications and Information Services Branch (CISB)
For UNICEF candidates, nominations must come from ITSS in HQ.
For UNDP candidates, nominations must come from the Global ICT Advisory Unit.
For UNHCR candidates, nominations must come from Head of ICT Service Centre, Amman, Jordan
For WFP candidates, nominations must come from either a RITO or Chief.
For World Vision candidates, nominations must come from Global Centre HEA ICT.
For all other organisations nominations must come from a manager that is responsible for emergency IT and telecommunications across your organisation globally (for example, a CIO or a global Emergency Manager if you do not have a CIO).
Participants will normally be notified five weeks before the training starts whether they have been selected or not.
The applications will be considered based on these criteria:
- Practical managerial experience
- Key technical background
- Manager's approval
- Relevant university degree (or equivalent)
- Emergency experience
- Ability to apply the learning to future humanitarian operations
In-course evaluation of participants
During the course there are two components for evaluation.
- A written test (multiple choice)
- Project Plan & 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 & 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 email@example.com. You can also read more about it in the forums.