Logistics and the supply chain have never been more important to providing effective humanitarian assistance. Logistics activities account for a very large proportion of the costs involved in a disaster relief operation. It is crucial for the sector that we all explore ways of minimising costs while maximising the impact of aid. This was a highly participatory course, with group exercises and theory based sessions . Participants experienced what it is like to be at the centre of an emergency response in a challenging simulation.
The five days course targeted logistics managers and coordinators from the field or headquarters level.
The goal was that by the end of the course participants were able to:
- Describe the role and responsibilities of a logistician in a humanitarian programme
- Identify key procedures and documentation required to establish effective and accountable logistics services and infrastructures
- Identify the key principles and components of humanitarian supply chain management and procurement
- Plan an effective process for warehousing, inventory control and distribution of commodities to beneficiaries
- Plan and manage an effective asset management process
- Define the principles of fleet and vehicle management
- Explain the basic principles, advantage and limitations of key radio and satellite communication systems and describe how these are managed in the field
- Identify key human resources issues facing a logistician in recruiting and managing a local logistics team
- Describe the basic principles of financial administration, budgeting and cost control in accordance with donor regulations
- Recognise the challenges of maintaining site security in difficult circumstances
This course was arranged by RedR UK, that is the training project partner of Austrian Red Cross, from 28 May - 1 June 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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