Training Course in Quality and Accountability in Humanitarian Response - Madrid, Spain

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Published on 02 Aug, 2022
Ending on 31 Aug, 2022


Training Course
Principled Approach to Quality and Accountability in Humanitarian Response
The 2018 Sphere Training Package


People affected by disaster or conflict have the right to receive protection and assistance and to ensure the basic conditions for life with dignity. Humanitarian standards are statements which describe the sets of actions needed so that crisis-affected people can enjoy this right.

Humanitarian standards are developed by humanitarian practitioners with specific areas of expertise and are formulated based on evidence, experience, and learning. The standards are developed by consensus and reflect accumulated best practice at a global level. They are revised regularly to incorporate developments across the sector.

Humanitarian standards are a useful resource for practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate humanitarian response. They provide a strong basis to advocate for the rights of crisis-affected communities. By applying them in preparedness and response operations, humanitarian agencies and practitioners make a commitment to quality and make themselves accountable to the populations they serve.

Course Contents:

Topics and Objectives

STP 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Follow the basic norms and housekeeping guidelines for this event
  • Exchange information with your co-participants and facilitators
  • Explain what Sphere is in terms of “Learn, Act, and Connect”
  • Prepare well for each session

STP 2: What is Sphere – the Handbook

  • Concisely explain Sphere’s core philosophy
  • Navigate the Sphere Handbook structure and components as an informed user
  • Advocate for using all of the Sphere Handbook in guiding humanitarian action
  • Use the Code of Conduct to guide humanitarian response:

STP 3: What is Sphere – Standards in Context

  • Relate the Sphere Handbook to different response contexts
  • Explain the use of the Handbook at different stages of the programme cycle
  • Describe the vulnerabilities and capacities of people in need of assistance
  • Explain the importance of markets and cash-based assistance in response

STP 4: The Humanitarian Charter

  • Explain how the 12 elements of the Humanitarian Charter affect humanitarian response programming
  • Use and advocate for the Humanitarian Charter as a guide to better programming and response 

STP 5: Protection Principles

  • State the four protection principles in your own words
  • Give clear examples of how these principles are put into practice throughout the humanitarian programme cycle
  • Explain the need for, and be able to refer to, the Professional Standards for Protection Work

STP 6: Core Humanitarian Standard

  • Locate and apply the nine Commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) to your own work
  • Identify challenges to humanitarians in meeting the commitments of the CHS and propose ways to overcome them


  • Explain the primary objective and three essential concepts behind WASH programme
  • Identify the main transmission pathways of infectious pathogens and barriers to break the chains of transmission
  • Use some of the technical numerical indicators with enhanced confidence and understanding
  • Relate the quantitative technical aspects of Sphere to its foundational rights-based aspects

STP 8: Food Security and Nutrition

  • Explain the links between the food and nutrition sector and other response sectors
  • Visualise and describe one of the most commonly cited indicators –the minimum daily food energy requirement
  • Use common food and nutrition terms and acronyms correctly when reading assessment reports or contributing to multi-sectoral discussions
  • Choose between food response strategies based on contextual factors

STP 9: Shelter and Settlement

  • Apply Sphere guidance to improve shelter assistance for immediate emergency programming and for the longer term
  • Visualise some commonly cited Sphere shelter indicators and describe them in “human terms” rather than simply as numbers
  • Identify strengths and challenges of different shelter programming options in different contexts

STP 10: Health

  • Explain the general focus and goals of a humanitarian health response programme 
  • Outline the scope of the Sphere standards for health
  • Calculate the crude mortality rate and explain its role as an overall indicator
  • Apply the Health Assessment Checklist as a generalist to highlight possible gaps in assessment data for an example health response

STP 11: Using Sphere in Practice

  • Use the Sphere Handbook to find appropriate guidance for practical issues in difficult field situations
  • Distinguish between the field application of the Sphere standards, and the indicators that can be used to assess them
  • Identify some of the typical obstacles in meeting Sphere standards and indicators, and describe strategies for dealing with them

STP 12: Sphere and the Programme Cycle

  • Describe the five phases of the programme cycle
  • Apply Sphere guidance to support humanitarian response at each phase of the cycle

STP 13: Sphere, Assessment and Analysis

  • Explain the importance and focus of assessment at different phases in a crisis
  • Cite Sphere guidance for assessments in each phase
  • Convert appropriate Sphere indicators into useful humanitarian assessment questions
  • Contribute to the design of multi-sector assessments

STP 14: Sphere and MEAL

  • Describe and advocate for the monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) approach 
  • Find and use additional training materials and tools supporting MEAL
  • Link and use relevant sections of the Sphere Handbook in support of the MEAL approach

STP 15: Sphere and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

  • Define sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), and actively advocate against it
  • Distinguish between sexual harassment and abuse (SHA), SEA, and gender-based violence GBV/sexual GBV (SGBV), stating how they are interrelated but require different strategies for protection and response
  • Refer others to sections in the Sphere Handbook that provide guidance on PSEA.

STP 16: Sphere and Coordination

  • Describe the two main emergency coordination structures in place globally for international humanitarian crises
  • Explain the role and expected norms of coordination activities and arrangements according to Sphere guidance

STP 17: Sphere, Cash and Markets

  • Concisely explain the philosophy of decision-making for cash-based assistance (CBA) vs. in-kind assistance
  • Navigate the assessment process required to successfully design a CBA programme 
  • Advocate for using CBA programmes where feasible and appropriate

STP 18: Sphere and the Humanitarian Standards Partnership

  • Describe the general guidance provided, structure, and application of the seven partner standards
  • Use the Humanitarian Standards Partnership app to quickly navigate the complementary standards

STP 19: Advocacy – Realising the Full Potential of Sphere

  • Advocate for people’s rights using the Sphere Handbook and approach
  • Advocate for the broader use of Sphere among humanitarian actors, including your own organisation

STP 20: Evaluation and Wrap-Up

  • Explain the benefits of, and better advocate for, using Sphere 
  • Describe, find and use tools to help you continue your learning and development in humanitarian life
  • Review, reflect on, and evaluate this workshop event and what you learned

For more details, please see the technical and financial offer of the course (link)

Training Course Details: 

  • Start date: 28  NOV 2022
  • Deadline: 30 August 2022 
  • Program type: Executive Training Course
  • Place: Madrid , Spain
  • Program language: English
  • Program Duration: 5 days  (40 hours ) 

Registration Terms

1- The applicant must  be an employee of one of the international / local organizations or UN agencies
2- Proficiency in the English language
3-The applicant must be able to meet the requirements of the Spanish Embassy

To register for this course please fill bellow application form:

Registration fee: 

The training program fee for the full package is  $ 4950 which includes:

  • Prepare required document to get the VISA as per Embassy requirement 
  • Round trip tickets
  • accommodation throughout the training days, including breakfast
  • Training room and training bag
  • Snacks and drinks during training + Dinner 
  • Original Certificates

How to pay the fees:

For information and inscriptions to Principled Approach to Quality and Accountability in Humanitarian Response  - Madrid course, please contact Arabic Center for Preparing Arbitrators and international Expert (ACPIAE)  Office as the follow:

  • Tel: 01-478090
  • Cell phone : 777700525 or 779447447 or 775008882
  • Email:
  • Address: Sana'a Rep. of Yemen, Al-Dairy St. Next to New Generation Library. 

Main Office:

  • TEL: +34 950 70 00 70
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