Training

Disaster-Emergency Preparedness and Response for ICT Professionals 2022 (Pacific)

Virtual via Zoom
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00:00 am UTC

Applications are now open for the 2022 edition of this course.

Click here to apply.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) in the Pacific region is launching the virtual Disaster-Emergency Preparedness and Response (D-EPR) training course for ICT professionals to support the coordination of humanitarian disasters and ICT emergency response in the region.

Developed by the Torres Resilience Institute (TRI) of Flinders University in Australia in cooperation with the World Food Programme and the ETC in the Pacific, the D-EPR online course will be delivered live and is intended to build the capacity and skills of ICT staff to support preparedness across Pacific Island Countries to effectively respond to the impacts of disasters and adverse events.

Topics covered include preparing a National Emergency Telecommunications Plan (NETP), developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), implementing different types of connectivity solutions in disaster scenarios, and participating in simulation exercises.

Objectives:

  • To facilitate participants’ understanding of the need to prepare national IT and telecommunications infrastructure in specific countries for disasters and adverse events
  • To enable participants to understand how to strengthen national IT and telecommunications infrastructure to effectively respond to and support the management of disasters and other adverse events.

 

Target audience

This training is for ICT professionals from Pacific Island Countries who are likely to prepare for, respond to, and/or coordinate the ICT and telecommunications responses in emergencies. Emergency experience and a commitment to deploy in support of disaster response is preferred.

Course schedule: Click here to download

Location: Virtual via Zoom (self-paced e-modules, virtual classroom sessions, assignments)

Training category: Management and Operations

Duration: 3 weeks (7 sessions of 4 hours spread over 3 weeks)

Dates

  • Week 1: Tuesday 8 Feb, Wednesday 9 Feb, Thursday 10 Feb
  • Week 2: Tuesday 15 Feb, Thursday 17 Feb
  • Week 3: Tuesday 22 Feb, Thursday 24 Feb

Each session will start at 11AM Fiji time (UTC+12) and last between 3-4 hours. Click here to check the start time in your local time.

Seats: 12

Application deadline: Friday, 17 December 2021

Costs and requirements:

  • There is no fee for this training course
  • At a minimum, participants will require a laptop (or equivalent) with access to a stable internet connection
  • Live sessions will require adequate bandwidth
  • Online meeting platform Zoom will be utilised for training delivery

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants should possess the following:

  • Background in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Commitment to deploy for disaster response
  • Good interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude

 

Please note:

  • Team management experience is desirable but not mandatory
  • Applicants with a technical background will be prioritised
  • Participants will be required to complete some assignments as guided by the course instructors   
  • This is a virtual course and participants are required to be fully engaged and available for all sessions
  • Absences may result in non-issuance of completion certificates
  • Applicants should ensure their management have endorsed their application and availability for the duration of the course. 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the 2022 edition for the Pacific are now open. 

 

  1. Application form

Please fill out the online course application form here

 

  1. Nomination letter

The nomination letter must meet the following requirements:

  • Must come from the applicant's manager
  • Be written on the applicant's organisational letterhead
  • Full name, organisation and position title of the candidate being recommended
  • Contact information of the nominator (email address / phone number)
  • A statement indicating that the candidate will be available to attend all course sessions
  • Confirmation that the applicant may support the deployment of ICT services in disaster contexts

 

For your application to be considered, please email pacific.ETC@wfp.org with your nomination letter and confirmation that you have filled in the online application form.