Safeguarding Duty of Care

Security Awareness for Humanitarian Staff


Safety and security trainings are often not accessible to national staff, yet they are most likely to be exposed to immediate danger. International staff depends highly upon national staff for their own safety. Therefore, this training has been developed to make safety and security trainings more accessible to all humanitarian staff. We do this by having these trainings in country.

You are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Being aware that you are in an unsafe environment is the first step in decreasing your risk. That is, in a nutshell, what this training course is about. The workshop builds upon this self-awareness to give further insight for the need and development of good policy, procedures and contingency plans.

To do this, we build practical and theoretical modules that are context-specific. That means we discuss risks and threats relevant to the location where participants are based. Since this training is done on location, this allows us to focus in on those factors our participants need to be most aware of, meaning the theory is mixed with interesting exercises and videos based on local events.

Course Modules:                         

  • Context- and cultural awareness,
  • Residence Safety: Burglary, Fire, Armed attack,
  • Driving & Transport safety: driving in hazardous environments, checkpoints, ambush, …
  • IHL & humanitarian principles,
  •  Abduction & Coping with capture,
  • Communication and Navigation,
  • Explosive hazards: explosive remnants of war (UXO), land mines, Improvised explosive devices (IED),
  • Armed conflict and terrorism,
  • Sexual harassment and sexual assault,
  • Civil unrest.

After the course, the participants will have:

Significantly improved safety and security awareness – Awareness of how to mitigate local risks- Basic knowledge of IHL principles – Increased awareness of driving safety and encountering checkpoints – Increased awareness of dealing with armed actors – Insight into significance of contingency plans and SOPs – How to avoid and how to manage if confronted with mines, UXOs, and improvised explosive devices

Course Information:

Upcoming Courses:

2-3 December 2021- Massabki Hotel, Chtaura, Lebanon

No. of Participants: min. 15

Cost: by Quotation 

Duration: 2 days (one day theory, one day field practice).

Location: On location/ in country. We can also offer our services at a location chosen by your organization.

Language: English, French, Dutch direct. Arabic, simultaneous interpreter.

More info?
Would you like to have additional information about this course? Please contact William or Sophie:

GISF Affiliate logo_white


NL 32, 4824-CB BREDA
+31 (0) 76 8880770
+31 (0) 6 40599189

Navigate to:

About us


NL Chamber of Commerce # 20147727
VAT # NL139770860B01
D-U-N-S # 489280562
Terms & Conditions