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Implementing Sphere

The Sphere Project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are widely considered the de facto standard for effectiveness and accountability in international disaster response.

The Implementing Sphere training is a three-day course covering the principles, core program approaches and technical standards of the new 2011 edition.

This engaging and practical course focuses on the use of the standards in addressing common challenges across each of the technical sectors of water and sanitation, food security and nutrition, shelter and logistics, and health as well as cross-cutting themes of participatory design and humanitarian protection.

Who is the course for?

Implementing Sphere is designed for both program management staff and technical specialists wanting to understand use of the Sphere standards in international contexts, though many also find it relevant to domestic programs.

International experience is not required, though an understanding of international humanitarian action would be helpful. See  for details of a recommended prior course.

What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be aware of the Humanitarian Charter and protection principles and how they apply in the field
  • Understand the structure and content of the Sphere handbook as a tool for disaster response
  • Recognize how to interpret and use the minimum standards, key indicators and guidance notes
  • Be able to apply the material in the technical chapters to a range of common problems in the field


Course design

The Implementing Sphere course is conducted by a qualified Sphere trainer, assisted by Red Cross and other humanitarian agency practitioners. It takes place in a classroom environment, but practical and participatory training methods are used, including group exercises using relevant case studies and scenarios.

About the course

Don't miss out on the upcoming course 27-29 June, 2012.

This course is scheduled periodically, but we may be able to offer private or tailored courses to suit your organisation's needs. For more information phone 03 9345 1800 and ask for the international training team or email us.

About Sphere

The Sphere Project was initiated in 1997 by a group of non-government organisations and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas of humanitarian response: the Sphere Handbook. The aim of the Handbook is to improve the quality of humanitarian response in situations of disaster and conflict, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system to disaster-affected people.

See The Sphere project website for more information.