Welcome to the online component of the leadership in disaster risk management program. 

Over the next 12 weeks you will work though six learning modules:

The six modules will aim to bring you all to a common, basic standard of understanding of both how the sector and how Plan International functions in relation to disaster risk management. 

We are assuming that some people who are enrolled on this program will have lots of experience of disaster risk management and some will have none. We have therefore aimed at giving a broad overview but with a good number of links to further resources wherever relevant for those who wish to explore the topics further.

Module 1. will introduce you to the humanitarian sector, and the broadly shared principles and standards that underpin international Disaster Risk Management and humanitarian response.  In recent years these principles and standards have been increasingly challenged by evolving contexts and changing needs.  We therefore need to be aware of the challenges this presents for the humanitarian sector, and Plan International, as it seeks to appropriately and effectively support those affected by disasters.

Module 2 will provide you with a broad overview of the humanitarian system which comes into play when there is a declared emergency.  It will look at the state of the system as it is today, and the approaches it is taking towards ensuring it can be as effective as possible.

Module 2 will also look at the range of actors, both at international and country level, involved in supporting people affected by disasters. Without appropriate coordination and collaboration, our efforts to provide assistance will be less than effective.  So we'll also examine the various coordination and funding mechanisms that allow individuals and organisations to work together, and explore how you should be engaging with them prior to an emergency occurring.

Plan International is a dual-mandate organisation which means we have an obligation to both support the ongoing development of communities as well as respond to support people when they are affected by crisis or disaster.

In order to achieve this as effectively as possible there is an organisational commitment to building our own capacity around Disaster Risk Management.  In modules 3 and 4 we will reflect on the internal processes and mechanisms that support Disaster Risk Management and how you need to engage with them.

In module 3, after reviewing Plan International’s new strategic approach, we will look to at the country Disaster Preparedness Process (DPP) and why this is such an important part of a Country Office's responsibilities.  We'll also examine the practicalities of making the most essential preparations - ensuring that you can access the key resources efficiently as soon as a disaster strikes.       

In module 4 you will be introduced to the new (draft) Disaster Risk Management manual which outlines the various roles and responsibilities across Plan International, the decisions that need to be made and the procedures and processes that support emergency response.

Our global strategy is focused on ensuring children, especially girls, are educated and have the skills for work and life, take action on issues that matter to them, have control over their lives and bodies and grow up cared for, free from violence and fear.

In Disaster Risk Management this means we focus our programming and advocacy around child protection, economic empowerment and education in emergencies.  In this module you will have the opportunity to reflect on how we at Plan International support children in disasters to learn, lead, decide and thrive.

This module will look at the different approaches Plan International uses to ensure we achieve quality in all aspects of our response operations, bearing in mind that the way in which we carry out our response activities is just as important as the assistance people receive.

  • in its core programme areas 
  • by engaging in accountability to other stakeholders
  • by ensuring we safeguard all those we seek to assist
  • by considering the wellbeing of staff working in the response


The face to face workshop will be a challenging and enjoyable five days. 

Find out more about the five days here and what you need to do beforehand in order to come prepared.