Learning Opportunities

Further Learning Opportunities

See below for further learning opportunities offered by ACFID members or other organisations. If you're interested, get in touch with the provider directly. ACFID does not necessarily endorse items advertised on this page.

Advertisers: Submissions to our Learning team must: be specific to the aid and development sector, and provide a title, set dates, and a short description / hyperlink). Charges apply for non-ACFID members - contact us for rates.

Short Course: Disability and Global Health

This five-day intensive course equips participants with the skills to critically analyse barriers to participation in contemporary health and development practice, enabling them to better understand the imperative and complexity of disability inclusion.

As disability inclusion emerges as an ever-growing priority in global development, practitioners will need to become increasingly knowledgeable and engaged in the connections between disability, rights, health and well-being. Catalysts of this emerging priority area are global concern over extreme poverty, poor health outcomes and inequity, alongside the understanding that many health and development interventions are not reaching those most excluded or at-risk.

Experts in the field of disability inclusion present contemporary examples of development practice to demonstrate the challenges of, and opportunities for, ensuring inclusion across multiple sectors, including: health; employment; education; and disaster risk reduction. Participants who undertake this course will develop skills and strategies to advance solutions relating to poverty elimination, empowerment and participation in their current and/or future work.

Dates: 30 September – 4 October 2019 (five full days, 9:00am-5:00pm)

Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus

Cost: AU $1,500 (includes tuition and access to online resources) Registration details: Register here or contact [email protected] for more information.


Build your skills in measuring violence against women in Asia and the Pacific

Globally, violence against women is an urgent public health, human rights, economic and public policy priority. Reliable, comparable data on violence against women is essential for prevention and response efforts, however technical capacity to collect data about violence against women safely and accurately is limited.

kNOwVAWdata is a four-week course for professionals, academics and researchers seeking to build their skills in measuring the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) offered in partnership with UNFPA, ANROWS and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The kNOwVAWdata training course covers key concepts relevant to VAW; tools used to generate reliable, comparable data; processes involved in undertaking a national prevalence study; ethical and safety guidelines; data management, analysis and dissemination; working with qualitative and administrative data; stakeholder engagement; and strategies for ensuring an inclusive approach to understanding VAW.

Course Structure

The kNOwVAWdata training course is a four-week program, conducted in two-week blocks. Participants will need to commit to the full four-week program.

All participants receive a professional development certificate on completion of the course, awarded by the University of Melbourne.

Details for 2019

Block 1

Dates: 19-30 August 2019

Venue: Fiji (information on venue coming soon)

Block 2

Dates: 11-22 November 2019

Venue: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Cost and Application process: Please visit https://mspace.unimelb.edu.au/courses/short-courses/knowvawdata

Find out more For further information, email [email protected] or visit www.knowvawdata.com


Australian Civil-Military Centre

Women, Peace and Security Online Learning Program

This on-line program aims to develop and strengthen your awareness and understanding of WPS. It provides a basic level understanding of the key concepts and issues related to the roles, contributions and engagement of women in all aspects of peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and humanitarian assistance - in conflict and post-conflict contexts. This includes post-conflict rebuilding of communities and disaster management.

Click https://learning.acmc.gov.au/ for more information.


Melbourne Development Centre

Speaking Truth To Power: Reaching for the change we need

Register here

Nanga SDGs Weekend, WA


One World Centre (http://www.oneworldcentre.org.au/) and WA SDG Network are hosting a participatory workshop including: mindfulness, understanding the SDGs, what is complexity?, what is systems change? building a common agenda and exercises for designing collaborative solutions amongst different organisations to build a sustainable future for all. This workshop will build on resources (https://acfid.asn.au/learning/sdg-toolkit-individual-learner-online-course) created by ACFID in collaboration with Collaboration for Impact and CSIRO.

Dates: Fri 26 – Sun 28 July

Cost: $220 wage and $140 volunteers/unwaged. (early bird rates apply by April 15)

Register here.


‘What does success look like?’ seminar series

This seminar series sets out to explore critical questions of those involved in monitoring and evaluation; to develop precision about which questions must be asked: how do we get to the core of what matters in methods used ?; and for whom, and with what expectations?, including what competencies are needed to do this?; and which conversations with whom matter?

All seminars will be delivered from 4pm to 5.30pm at Council Chamber Building 1, La Trobe Street, RMIT University City Campus. For more information contact Panayiota Romios via [email protected]

Wednesday April 17‘Social Impact Measurement Practice’ delivered by Katya Andreyeva (SVA Consulting)

There are a number of trends impacting outcomes management and evaluation, including changes to approaches to program design, techniques used, data use and funding structures. This session, will demonstrate how social impact measurement practice is changing and implication for practitioners on the ground.

Wednesday May 15‘Human-centred design’ delivered by Matt Healey (First Person Consulting)

Over the last five years we are seeing increasing emphasis placed on programs, projects and policies developed using human centred design, design thinking and co-design. Design practitioners typically draw on similar skills to evaluators, and regularly apply evaluative thinking in their work. Given that, what role will there be for evaluators in such contexts in the future? What competencies and skills do evaluators require and what does this mean for those early in their evaluation career? What does it mean for those contemplating a career in these evolving disciplines?

Wednesday June 12‘Emerging challenges for evaluation in international development’ delivered by Byron Pakula and Angelos Blackwood (Clear Horizon)

Development Policy continues to evolve, particularly in light of the five year anniversary of the integration of AusAID and DFAT. Shifts towards a more demonstrated ‘value for money’ proposition in development, the narrative of ‘soft power’ in a development context, the increasing emphasis on ‘complex system wide transformations’, combined with the trends of ‘collaborative outcomes’ and ‘human centred design’ in project management present practical challenges, opportunities, tools and practices for experienced and emerging evaluators.

Wednesday July 17‘Evaluation in different cultural settings’ delivered by Deborah Rhodes

The notion and practice of evaluation reflects cultural values that are not necessarily shared universally. When we undertake evaluations in different cultural settings, this has implications for our work. This session will explain the links between cultural value differences and their implications for our understanding about how change happens, approaches to evaluation, methods and tools we might use and the skills we need as evaluators.

Wednesday August 14‘Digital transformation is here now and the speed of change is exponential’ delivered by Jen Riley (Clear Horizon)

Digital tools and digital innovation proffer intoxicating solutions to streamline a range of social and ‘bureaucratic’ issues, an ID card that will enable us to access all government services, an app to sell your livestock, a website for people to engage in participatory voting for local grants, a new social media campaign to change risky behaviours. For people interested in social change we need to be equipped with the language and skills to engage in this digital world – we need to ensure the appropriate the use of digital technology in our policy and programs, in a way that is safe and ethical and we also we need the skills and competencies to evaluate and learn from these digital innovations and disruptions.


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: January, April, July & October intake dates.

Location: Online delivery

Cost: Master of Evaluation $25,728. Graduate Certificate $12,864. 

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

RedR Australia

RedR Australia are holding a number of courses throughout the year, including:

Active Armed Assailant Awareness Training:

Active Armed Assailant Attacks are on the rise and are occurring more frequently in both international and domestic contexts with greater numbers of casualties. This course will seek to address situational awareness which can assist in identifying possible indicators leading up to attacks. It will also explore options and techniques to survive an Active Armed Assailant Attack and detail what to expect and how to interact with First Responders on the scene. The course will examine both physiological responses and decision making processes, as well as the underlying physiological and cognitive responses of the individual and others likely to occur during and after an attack.

The course is run in partnership with trainers from RedR Australia, Real Response (Tactical First Aid) and the Mandala Foundation and is co-facilitated by Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command.

Dates: 24 to 25 July 2018

Location: Mount Macedon Victoria

Registration: Register here


Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP): The Essentials of Humanitarian Practice provides foundation knowledge for working within the modern humanitarian system and for responding to an international crisis that involves a global response. This course provides participants with an understanding of the complexity of the international relief system and the legal framework for humanitarian assistance. We introduce the characteristics of natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies and the requirements for an effective humanitarian response, highlighting some of the dilemmas faced by humanitarians and aid workers. Participants will learn about the various United Nations agencies that respond to disasters and the roles these agencies play in coordinating responses for various sectors such as health, water and sanitation and logistics. They will discover how international non-government organisations work with these agencies to share information and data and to avoid duplication and ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it and doesn't cause harm. Attendees are given an opportunity to put the knowledge gained into practice and to explore the team skills required to work effectively in the field.


07 Feb 2018 - 12 Feb 2018

18 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018

05 Sep 2018 - 10 Sep 2018

07 Nov 2018 - 12 Nov 2018

Location: Face to Face, residential (Dookie, Victoria)

Registration and cost: https://www.redr.org.au/training/humanitarian-training/our-courses/essentials-of-humanitarian-practice/


Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT): Humanitarian workers are increasingly exposed to challenging, insecure, remote or hostile environments due to lawlessness, political instability and armed conflict, so there is a compelling need for them to be adequately prepared for any dangers they may encounter. Sexual harassment, interactions with aggressive armed combatants, day light robbery and traffic accidents are realistic threats for humanitarians and aid workers. All field workers should be adequately prepared for these events and be proficient in establishing and maintaining telecommunications, whether working in a safe or hostile situation. Conscious of the varying needs within the sector, RedR Australia seeks to address the concerns of a range of organisations and individuals and their insurance providers. These include relief, development, research and advocacy organizations, operational agencies and agencies that are not directly operational but provide support to community based organisations and locally based NGOs. RedR Australia's HEAT course includes integrated Tactical Casualty Emergency Care (TECC) training by Real Response. Real Response will cover the theory and practical emergency medical training management of ballistic, penetrating and blast injuries as well as a range of airway management, triage, bandaging and self-care skills. Commercial and improvised bandaging and application of tourniquets will be taught, to ensure students leave with the ability to apply these lifesaving interventions in nearly any environment with limited resources. Participants will receive a TECC Level 1 certificate issued through Real Response. The course content is recognised through Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). 


14 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018

26 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018

12 Sep 2018 - 16 Sep 2018

14 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Location: Face to Face, residential (Dookie, Victoria)

Registration and cost: https://www.redr.org.au/training/humanitarian-training/our-courses/hostile-environment-awareness-training/


Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies (WASH): In any humanitarian crisis, communities need access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. Water borne diseases are major killers in disasters and complex emergencies, where large populations are displaced and/or moving or where local water infrastructure has been destroyed by an earthquake, typhoon or bombing. Effective intervention can reduce the spread of disease, alleviate suffering and ultimately save lives. When local emergency response workers understand how to apply basic Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) strategies, more lives can be saved. This course introduces participants to the WASH sector in emergencies and the international SPHERE standards that apply as well as how the sector is impacted and supported by other sectors in an international emergency operation.

Dates: 06 Oct - 12 Oct 2018

Location: Face to Face, residential (Dookie, Victoria)

Registration and cost: https://www.redr.org.au/training/humanitarian-training/our-courses/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-emergencies/


Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies (HLE): Logistics is at the heart of all emergency operations. It encompasses the movement of goods and equipment, the relocation of disaster-affected people, transfer of casualties and the movement of aid and relief workers and volunteers. Approximately 60 - 70% of funding in each emergency is spent on logistics, highlighting the need for effective and efficient systems. Providing humanitarian logistics training to local emergency response workers is an effective part of disaster preparedness planning. If you are looking to build a career in the humanitarian sector, logistics is an in-demand skill.

Dates: 21 Oct - 26 Oct 2018

Location: Face to Face, residential (Dookie Victoria)

Registration and cost: https://www.redr.org.au/training/humanitarian-training/our-courses/negotiation-for-humanitarian-responders/

Any questions? Need more info? Contact the RedR Australia Team: 

[email protected]

+61 03 8341 2622


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.


The Humanitarian Financing landscape - realities and emerging trends for NGOs

Learn about the changing humanitarian financing landscape with the ICVA network. Watch the video here or the full recorded webinar here


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. For more information and upcoming course dates around Australia (Jan to Apr 2018), see here.

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. For more information and upcoming course dates around Australia (Feb to May 2018), see here.

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. For more information and upcoming dates (May 2018), see here.

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. For more information and upcoming dates (May 2018), see here.