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Humanitarian Operations Programme

The essential, go-to guide and hands-on training for anyone looking to develop a successful career in the humanitarian sector.

Building on more than a decade of experience, the aim of the Humanitarian Operations Programme (HOP) is to strengthen the capacity and capability of regional and national actors who work, or aspire to work, as part of a humanitarian response.

Covering the essential elements of emergency response deemed vital for humanitarian workers and preparing humanitarians by developing their knowledge, skills and attitudes, the design of the HOP considers the need for the programme to be relevant in different contexts, countries and regions, so as to reflect the complex and multi-faceted humanitarian landscape staff operate in.

Participants learn theoretical knowledge and practice new skills so they are confident for future emergencies and can share their skills with others.

The HOP is a platform for a successful career in humanitarian work.

Aims of the Programme:

  • To develop an understanding of all areas of humanitarian work by providing a framework for coordinated response
  • To develop the behaviours, skills and knowledge required to operate effectively in a rapid onset emergency as part of a first phase response team
  • To gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to build a career in humanitarian work

Course breakdown

HOP Fundamentals is an open-access, self-paced catalogue of interactive learning modules, curated by partner providers or created by Save the Children.

It provides a streamlined learning journey, covering key topics in emergency responses. These topics include: Law, Principles and Approaches, Operations Management, Response Setup and Management, Response Support Skills and Technical Skills.

HOP Fundamentals is perfect for people: beginning their career in the humanitarian sector, transitioning from the development sector, who have never had formal training in ‘essentials’, or who would like a refresher.

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Please note that you will need to create a Kaya Connect account if you don’t already have one.

In our participants words...

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The Core Training is a five-day face-to-face training which includes:

  •  Two and a half days of interactive sessions varying from Introductions to Humanitarian Action and Proposal Writing to key cross-cutting themes and humanitarian dilemmas.
  •  Two and a half days desk-based scenario: an early response simulation contextualised to the humanitarian realities participants may face. Run in a condensed timeframe to allow for application of knowledge.

If your organisation is interested in running a HOP Core training, please contact HOP@savethechildren.org.uk for additional information.


Accessible upon completion of a required number of HOP Fundamentals modules and of the Core training.

The Response Simulation is an intensive 7-day exercise in real time over a fictional response:

  •  It blends practical learning, mentoring and experiential simulation training. Participants navigate the complexities of a rapidly evolving emergency response.
  •  By the end of the exercise, participants are able to show an understanding of many aspects of professional humanitarian response including: political and cultural contexts, analysing complex or conflicting information, making sound judgments, and other leadership skills. Graduates boost their confidence by demonstrating their learning in practice to support people affected by crisis.

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