A Syrian family at a makeshift camp in Suruç, Turkey, near the Syrian border. Photo © Caroline Gluck/European Union/ECHO
This new version of the Sphere training pack was developed by the Sphere community to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian staff working in and around Syria. It seeks to help them professionalise and improve the effectiveness, quality and accountability of the response.
The training package includes the following modules:
In addition to a new session on gender developed for this training package, gender was also mainstreamed throughout the four sectoral modules.
The training materials are complemented by case studies based on the Syrian context and examples of annotated workshop agendas.
The development of these materials was led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Turkey in collaboration with CARE, Save the Children, POINT and the Sphere secretariat.
They will support the and the integration of international standards and coordination mechanisms into their work.
Contributors to the customisation process included Sphere trainers and resource persons from Syrian and international NGOs, the NGO Forum for NGOs operating in northern Syria, the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster and UNOCHA Geneva.
Three workshops piloted the modules with staff with operational responsibilities in the Syria response. The final version was used in a training of trainers course in Gaziantep, Turkey in December 2015, which laid the basis for the development of a pool of local Sphere trainers.
Ever since, the modules have been used in more than 20 training workshops in the region.
For additional information about the modules, please contact the Sphere focal point for the Middle East and North Africa region and/or the OCHA office in Turkey.