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The FIELD Programme

Field Managers In Emergencies, Learning & Development Programme

A new online learning programme to develop the pool of local and national staff who can prepare for and take charge of in-country operational programmes in chronic, protracted and sudden onset humanitarian settings.



The Field Manager’s role is pivotal in enabling effective humanitarian response, yet many are frequently asked to take on the role with limited prior experience, and often must learn on the job. The Field Manager in Emergencies Learning and Development programme (FIELD) programme aims to strengthen the local and national capacity of those undertaking this frontline managerial role. This means the capacity of local organisations to find, organise and mobilise staff and resources are improved, which in turn improves the speed and quality of response for those affected.

The FIELD programme is a multi-agency programme that is geared towards national staff working at international NGOs, national and local NGOs and civil society organisations. It is also used by people in a range of positions from different sizes of organisations. We welcome all to learn with us.

What is covered?

The programme covers a number of different areas including:

  • Cross-cutting subjects (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Safeguarding; Staff care and wellbeing)
  • Working in Humanitarian Settings
  • Leading and managing people in Emergencies
  • Programme and project management
  • Safety and Security
  • Finance and Grant Management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Communications, advocacy and media
  • Logistics      

We are working with partners across the sector to develop content that is relevant to all, with different voices and perspectives. Content for the different topics will become available as and when it is developed. 


The FIELD programme is a free, comprehensive online learning resource that removes barriers to participation so people can learn whenever they want and from wherever they are. There is low bandwidth functionality built into the course from video transcripts to the Kaya Mobile app that allows learners to complete the course offline. Using computer game technology to create serious games, learners have a chance to use their knowledge and skills, make decisions and see the outcome of their choices, all in a safe, digital environment.

It also signposts other online learning resources, raising awareness of existing learning opportunities and creating a learning hub. We also aim to give learners the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with others across the sector, creating learning communities.

Since launching on October 2019, we have had over 2700 registrations (31% women, 69% men).

We believe that enabling national staff is the most effective way of developing humanitarian capacity across the entire sector. We currently have over 4,000 learners with national staff comprising a significant proportion, and that figure will grow.




Need more information?

If you have any further questions, please contact us.