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Online courses

Learn about Sphere and related topics using your computer or mobile device with these e-learning courses, videos, webinars and other self-study and distance-learning resources.

Sphere e-learning courses

These courses can be accessed via Sphere’s Learning Management System here. They have been created by Sphere and are focused on Sphere topics. On finishing the final module of each course, you may download and/or print a certificate of completion.
  • How to be a Sphere Champion
    e-learning 1 hour 2018 English French Spanish Arabic By Sphere
    Learn how to promote Sphere within your network, and how this benefits the people affected by crisis and disaster that you serve. By the end of the module, you will be able to explain:
    • the Sphere Approach to humanitarian response;
    • The usefulness of the Sphere Handbook to prepare, manage and coordinate humanitarian relief efforts;
    • the benefits of using the Sphere Handbook to fulfil a commitment to quality and accountability; and
    • the first steps to advocating for Sphere within your network.
  • The Sphere Handbook in Action
    e-learning 10 to 12 hours 2016 English French Spanish Arabic By Sphere
    Select this course if:
    • you wish to learn how to put Sphere standards and principles into practice; or
    • you have humanitarian experience but do not fully use Sphere in your work.

Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP) learning resources

The following on-line learning resources are provided by Sphere’s partners in the HSP and can be used to deepen your knowledge in the technical areas of child protection (CPMS), livestock (LEGS), economic recovery (MERS), education (INEE), market analysis (MISMA) and inclusion of older people and people with disabilities (ADCAP) in relation to humanitarian action.
  • A Brief Overview of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards
    video 2m51s 2019 English By SEEP Network
    The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, or the MERS, are internationally recognised standards aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and quality of economic aid for markets in crisis.
     
    What does this mean? Watch this 3-minute video to find out.
     
    Visit the SEEP Network's Vimeo channel for more videos: https://vimeo.com/theseepnetwork
  • A Practical Guide to Market Analysis
    e-learning 3 hours 30 minutes 2016 English French Arabic By CaLP
    An online self-study course to develop a good conceptual understanding of the steps involved in market assessments and basic skills in how to apply this understanding in real-life settings.
     
    This 3.5 hour online course is designed to provide future humanitarian market assessment team members with a solid understanding of the theory and steps of market assessments so that they can join assessment teams prepared with a basic understanding of what they will be doing and why. Learners will be guided through the common steps within market assessments, using a fictional emergency scenario as a basis. This course is relevant to most types of emergency market assessment, including EMMA, RAM, MAG, the 48-Hour Tool, the WFP VAM and PCMA.
     
    This course is aimed at humanitarian workers with an understanding of market assessments. After completing the course participants will have gained a solid understanding of the theory and steps of market assessments.
     
    Visit the Cash Learning Hub (free Kaya login required) for more learning resources: https://kayaconnect.org/course/view.php?id=491
  • Basic Principles of Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Response
    e-learning 30 minutes 2018 English Arabic By HelpAge International
    Select this e-learning to learn how to:
    • define disability, impairment and root causes;
    • identify the models of disability, from charity to the human rights-based model;
    • define the categories of impairments;
    • explain the challenges faced by older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts, and factors increasing their vulnerability;
    • define older age and the perceptions of ageing and attitudes towards older people; and
    • improve attitudes towards people with disabilities.
    Three e-learning courses: Comprehensive accessible humanitarian assistance for older people and people with disabilities, Understanding older people and their needs in a humanitarian context, and Basic principles of disability inclusion in humanitarian response, are available from the following site (in English and Arabic), along with core training materials to build into your own training materials to make them more inclusive: https://www.helpage.org/what-we-do/emergencies/adcap-age-and-disability-capacity-building-programme/
  • Conflict Sensitive Education – online course
    e-learning 2 to 3 hours 2018 English By INEE
    The Conflict Sensitive Education Online Course is a free, interactive e-learning course designed to give a broad overview of education considerations in conflict environments. This course is intended for field practitioners, donors, and other professionals working in the field of education in emergencies.
     
    The CSE Online Course content is divided into the following five modules:
    1. What is Conflict Sensitive Education?
    2. What is Conflict Analysis?
    3. Conflict Sensitive Strategies for Community Participation, Coordination, and Analysis.
    4. Conflict Sensitive Strategies for the INEE Minimum Standards.
    5. Conflict Sensitive Education Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Conflict Sensitive Education – training videos & webinars
    video 24 minutes 2018 English French Spanish Arabic By INEE
    Based on the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack, and developed in coordination with INEE members and Truscribe, this video illustrates conflict sensitive strategies for each of the INEE Minimum Standards five domains:
    1. Community Participation, Coordination and Analysis,
    2. Access and Learning Environment,
    3. Teaching and Learning,
    4. Teachers and Other Education Personnel,
    5. Education Policy.
    To download the video and to access the series of training webinars, visit https://www.ineesite.org/en/conflict-sensitive-education/cse-training-videos-webinars
  • Education in Emergencies
    e-learning 2014 English By INEE
    Select this resource to increase your knowledge of:
    • why education in emergencies if life-saving and life-sustaining;
    • what defines safe and quality education in emergencies; and
    • what the INEE Minimum Standards are and how they can be applied to a refugee situation.
    The target audience includes:
    • Ministry of Education (MOE) representatives
    • Donor agencies
    • University students studying education in emergencies
  • Introducing the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS)
    video 8m12s 2014 English French Spanish Arabic By CPWG
    Do you spend precious time searching for the latest guidance on child protection? Are you having trouble convincing your manager or donor that child protection can save lives in emergencies? Do you find it hard to discuss child protection concerns with humanitarian workers in other sectors? The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (or CPMS) are a practical inter-agency tool for solving challenges like these.
     
    Watch this 8 minute video for an introduction to the CPMS.
     
    Visit the Child Protection Working Group's YouTube channel for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/aliochasalagnac
     
    Visit the CPMS page in Save the Children's Resource Centre to download the CPMS in many languages and find other related documents: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/minimum-standards-child-protection-humanitarian-action
  • LEGS Gender Module
    e-learning 30 minutes 2018 English By LEGS
    Select this e-learning if you’d like to:
    • learn about gender issues in planning and implementing livestock-based emergency responses;
    • get insights into gender analysis; and
    • discover some practical tools to support these processes.
  • Ten Things You Should Know About LEGS
    video 5 minutes 2018 English Spanish By LEGS
    Watch this video if you’re looking for a quick and lively introduction to LEGS: what it is, where it came from and who it’s for.

Other partner courses

Sphere contributed to the development of the following courses, which are based on Sphere content, or closely related to it.
  • Being Accountable to Affected People
    e-learning 2 hours 2018 English By The Academy
    After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • define “accountability to affected people” and identify steps that can be taken to improve accountability to affected people;
    • explain “taking account”, “giving account” and “being held to account”;
    • identify why it is important to be accountable to affected people; and
    • explain what accountability to affected people means in practice, related to real-life actions across the programme cycle.
  • Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard
    e-learning 1 to 2 hours 2018 English French Arabic Swahili By The Academy
    Select this course if:
    • you are a humanitarian at any level;
    • you do not work for a humanitarian organisation, but you wish to understand why humanitarian organisations act in certain ways; or
    • you are looking for an overview of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability.
    The CHS is integrated into the Sphere Handbook. The intellectual property is jointly held by Sphere, Groupe URD and the CHS Alliance. This course was created by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in partnership with the copyright owners.