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The Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Training

This training has been designed to answer the recurrent demand for a stand-alone training on gender, enabling humanitarian practitioners to have an increased understanding of what is gender equality programming and how to apply it in their respective areas of work. The objective of the Gender in Humanitarian Action training is to provide participants with a variety of practical tools on gender that are transferable to the range of situations in which humanitarian workers may find themselves in the field.

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The last GiHA training was held in February 2017 in the Middle East.

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Overall objectives 

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Use several gender tools and to create a practical gender lens to assist in making advocacy and communication materials/processes more relevant and inclusive for target males and females.
  • Support the clusters/sectors in developing gender assessments, analysis and strategies; and facilitate coordination processes that meaningfully integrate critical gender and vulnerability dimensions.
  • Articulate clearly the imperative for gender equality programming in the humanitarian legal and architecture frameworks and demonstrate an understanding of gender which is operational and applicable at the field level.
  • Identify opportunities to advocate for gender and contribute to systematically integrate gender analysis through the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) and the Strategic Response Planning (SRP).

Who is this training for?

The training is targeted at members of UN agencies, NGOs and governments. The GiHA training is designed primarily for cluster/sector partners and others actors active in humanitarian preparedness and response and in capacity to influence humanitarian programming in the field. The training will ideally include a majority of national humanitarian practitioners, likely to have the most sustainable impact in country.

Learning Approaches

The three-day course is built on a variety of methodologies, stressing active learning through a range of small-group, role-play, presentation, quizzes, team and individual activities. This training is intended to be practice-oriented: a minimal number of didactic sessions will present frameworks which will then be applied through exercises and case studies to allow participants to see how general principles apply to their geographic situation. The current design places also a strong emphasis on the need for practical tips to support and implement gender equality programming activities in complex humanitarian settings.

A GiHA Gender Equality Programming electronic handbook will be shared with all participants two weeks prior to the training as reference material. Pre-reading and completion of the proposed activities is required and will allow more space for self-reflection, local observations, action planning and effective use of tools during the sessions.

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to facilitators on each day’s sessions, highlighting areas for further clarification and development throughout the course. Evaluation of the entire programme will occur on the fourth day.

Content of the course

The training is composed of eleven sessions (see blue box) articulated around principles of gender and gender equality as used in humanitarian settings, their applicability in the humanitarian legal framework and within each element of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. The sessions also allow participants to familiarize themselves with tools aiming at strengthening the gender analysis in country such as Gender Marker coding and the importance of SADD collection. New thematic additions also include an in-depth focus on how can culture affect gender dimensions and a module through which participants will be trained to develop programming activities that would minimize the likelihood of GBV.

The training content has been built upon feedback received from three pilot trainings conducted in Jordan, South Sudan, and Rwanda as well as through a one-day intensive training in Geneva in 2013 and 2014. The GiHA training is comprised of ten sessions, focusing on:

  1. Gender Equality Programming
  2. Gender in the Humanitarian Legal Framework
  3. Gender in Humanitarian Architecture
  4. Gender in Coordination & the Humanitarian Programme Cycle
  5. Gender and Culture
  6. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  7. Gender Analysis and SADD (Sex and Age Disaggregated Data)
  8. Gender Marker Analysis and Coding
  9. Gender in Communication
  10. Gender in Preparedness
  11. Gender-Based Violence

The training is residential and the cost of accommodation and conference facilities is covered by the GenCap project.

Next training opportunities

For more information, contact:

Maria D. Sommardahl
Special Adviser, Protection and Gender/Training and Learning, Expert Deployment/ NORCAP Department

You can also find this description in a PDF format here.