Learning Opportunities

Further Learning Opportunities

ACFID facilitates access to a wide range of learning opportunities that are offered by our member organisations or by other providers.

If you’re interested in a learning opportunity that is listed here, please verify the details of the course with the relevant provider.

Please note that events advertised on this page are not endorsed by ACFID and ACFID accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of information on this page.

For a course to be posted on this page, the dates must be set and we will only accept submissions of training courses that are specific to the aid and development sector. Please contact our Learning and Development Team with the details of the course (title, dates, a short description and hyperlink).

Charges will apply to non-ACFID members to advertise on this page. Please contact our Learning and Development team to enquire about our rates.


Women's Build 2018 in Nepal - Apply now!

Check out Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build 2018 in Nepal - featuring a keynote from Lily Thapa, who provided a real highlight of the ACFID National Conference in 2017.

DFAT Suppler Network - LinkedIn

DFAT has created a new networking group on LinkedIn to communicate with current suppliers and those suppliers who are interested in learning more about working with DFAT and the Australian Aid Program.

The DFAT Supplier Network (LinkedIn) will promote up and coming bid opportunities, supplier engagement events, and share other key DFAT messages.

Request an invitation to the group today.

Workshops and forums

Financial Management training in Melbourne in November 2017 – Discount for ACFID members, buy 1 place, get the 2nd place 50% off

UK Based NGO Mango's (https://www.mango.org.uk/) mission is to strengthen financial management and accountability of NGOs and their partners worldwide. Mango is delivering award-winning financial management training in Melbourne this November. The courses have been designed to equip both non-finance and finance staff with the skills and confidence to manage programme funds effectively. Please quote Nov50 when booking the 2nd place to receive your discount.

Fighting fraud in NGOs (ST6 (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/fightingfraud) ): Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November – click here (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/fightingfraud) for more information.

Financial management for successful programmes (ES3 (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/successfulprogrammes) ): Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November – click here (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/successfulprogrammes) for more information.

Careers in Aid Work

The Australian Red Cross' Careers in Aid Work (CAW) is an essential introduction for those seeking work in the humanitarian aid sector.

Discover how your skills and experience are relevant to the sector, where networking or development opportunities exist, and how to get your foot in the door. Our trainers will help you unpack the realities of finding employment, and explain how you can best present yourself to potential employers. More information here.

Upcoming course dates in 2018:

January 30 Sydney Book

February 1 Perth Book

February 6 Brisbane Book

February 8 Melbourne Book

April 5 Hobart Book

April 10 Canberra Book

April 12 Adelaide Book

April 17 Darwin Book


Introduction to Humanitarian Response

The Australian Red Cross' Introduction to Humanitarian Response (IHR) will give you a unique insight into how aid works in practice. Learn from Australian Red Cross professionals about how legal frameworks, minimum standards and coordinated programing all contribute toward alleviating suffering in times of disaster or crisis. More information here.

Upcoming course dates in 2018:

February 12 and 13 Sydney




February 21 and 22 Perth


February 27 and 28 Brisbane


March 7 and 8 Melbourne


April 19 and 20 Hobart


May 1 and 2 Canberra


May 10 and 11 Adelaide


May 16 and 17 Darwin


International Humanitarian Protection Training

Aid workers are responsible for protecting the safety, dignity and rights of those they assist, whether material, physical or psychosocial. Understanding the theory and practice of protections should be seen as essential for work in the humanitarian sector. International Humanitarian Protection Training (IHPT) will help build your understanding and skills in applying protection practices to your work. More information here.

Upcoming course dates:

Sydney: May 24 and 25 Book

Capacity Development Across Cultures

Capacity Development Across Cultures (CDAC) delves into the theory and practice of cultural intelligence, teaching you how to approach a professional role overseas or within a culturally diverse environment in Australia. This course explores capacity building through cultural understanding, and combines theoretical approaches to inform real life scenarios. The practical nature of this training ensures you walk away confident in your ability to conduct your work in any cross-cultural context. More information here.

Upcoming course dates:
May 21 and 22


Webinars and Online Training

The Humanitarian Financing landscape - realities and emerging trends for NGOs

A short video on YouTube about the changing humanitarian financing landscape by ICCVA. ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.

Watch the video here.

The link to the recorded full webinar here

Financial Stability in Not for Profit Organisations

In this free 60-minute session, presenter Michael Walsh, CEO, Executive Director at UCA Funds Management, will analyse strategic steps and structures that can be applied to address proposed changes to public policy for funding, policy trends and innovation, what the economic outlook means for the sector and how organisations like yours are facing the challenge. 

Registration has closed, as this event has been run. However, the resource notes and materials are available from Probono's website

Date conducted: 25th May, 2016


Face-to-face training

Master of Evaluation or Graduate Certificate in Evaluation.

Evaluate with confidence and make a meaningful difference with a qualification from Australia’s leading university. Taught by a team of leading academics and industry experts, the University of Melbourne’s Evaluation program is designed to suit busy professionals who have varying levels of experience with evaluation. While the course caters to a broad range of contexts, it also provides discipline specific expertise for international development specialists working across health, humanitarian aid and sustainability.

Whether you’re looking to forge a new career in evaluation or to build your leadership capacity in an existing international development role, the Master of Evaluation will enable you to influence change through your career.

Dates: Term 1 applications close 8 January 2018; Term starts 29 January 2018.

Location: Flexible online delivery

Cost: Master of Evaluation $23,904. Graduate Certificate $11,952.

Register here

Download a course guide here, or call + 61 3 8344 0149 (AEST: Mon – Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, or public holidays 10am-5pm).