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Emergency Team Leadership Programme Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) | Nov 2013

The fifteenth Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Team Leadership Programme (ETLP) workshop was held from 12 – 16 May 2013 at the Hotel du Golf, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. This ETLP was facilitated by lead facilitator Greg Garbinsky, Partner at InterWorks LLC. in conjunction with the UNHCR Global Learning Center. The course has been conducted for IASC member institution participants since March 2006.

The IASC ETLP is designed and developed from the results of an IASC training needs assessment which identified the need for enhanced emergency team leadership based on a number of competencies which contribute to one’s optimal performance as an emergency team leader. The ETLP is a blended learning programme consisting of a pre-workshop phase with readings, peer feedback and self-assessments, a face-to-face workshop and a post-workshop learning phase.

The purpose of the ETLP is to foster effective, efficient and professional team leadership in humanitarian emergency settings by improving the team leadership competencies of participants in their roles as emergency team leaders. By participating fully in this programme, participants gain greater self-awareness as an emergency team leader and refine skills which will help them build, influence and lead a team which is cohesive, effective and dedicated to performing at its best.

Fifteen participants attended this workshop, which included participants from International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, Lutheran World Federation, Food and Agriculure Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), InterAction, Oxfam and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

A brilliant course, great facilitators, fantastic location and the opportunity to focus on developing leadership skills outside of the ‘agency’ box. This is a crucial space for emergency leaders to come together to share experiences and develop further.

– Workshop participant.