Back Organization and facilitation Intercultural Awareness/Safety Training

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 15 June 2020

The Netherlands Red Cross is working together with RVO DSS in a project and is planning a training for DSS. The Dutch Surge Support (DSS) supports the operations of humanitarian organizations during and immediately after a disaster by deploying experienced water and mental health experts. The Netherlands is a frontrunner in the field of water management and has a lot to offer in this regard. The deployment of DSS experts contributes to saving lives and alleviating suffering of vulnerable populations that are affected by disasters. The pool of more than 250 DSS experts consists of top professionals in the field of water resources management, WASH and other affiliated areas of expertise. Plus, DSS has now also extended to experts in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). The specialists registered in the DSS roster have experience in the water and mental health sector and are mainly dealing with technical challenges and solutions. With this training, we want to improve their skills and knowledge with regard to working in the humanitarian context. This 2-day training aims to bridge this gap through combining theory and hands-on practice, with ample examples from the field, and shall be conducted in English.


Introducing the underlying principles of the humanitarian sector and the realities of operating in an emergency context. The DSS experts should be well-prepared before being deployed to the field, not only on the technical and humanitarian context, but also on their roles and behavior and the people they are working with.

We are looking to build knowledge and skills of our experts on the following subjects:

  • Intercultural awareness

  • Cross-cultural issues

  • Gender and cross-cultural issues

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Code of conduct

  • Gain full understanding of the complete Code of conduct.

  • Dilemmas around integrity (for the expert and for the people of concern)

  • Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA):

  • Gain full understanding of PSEA in humanitarian setting, including report mechanisms

  • Safety and security

  • Risk identification

  • Personal safety and security

The list of subjects mentioned above provides an indicative and non-exhaustive list and is to be completed with examples from the field and (pre-)training exercises.

This vacancy is archived.

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