Projects North Africa & The Middle East

Emergency Preparedness Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | May 2015

InterWorks conducted an Emergency Preparedness Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 10-13 May 2015.

The workshop was organized at the request of the UNHCR BO in Iran to further develop the capacity of counterparts from the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) and National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO), two government entities responsible for management of refugees and disasters within Iran. A total of 29 participants, with direct responsibility for conducting or managing training of other government staff, took part in the training.

The ToT workshop was implemented over four days in Tehran, I.R. Iran. It included an overview of normative frameworks and protection in emergency responses to establish a protection-based foundation for emergency and disaster-related training conducted by the counterparts from BAFIA and NDMO. The workshop also included sessions related to improving general training and facilitation skills. The topics included adult learning styles; making better, shorter presentations; experiential learning and the facilitation cycle; creating a positive learning environment; and planning and designing training sessions. In addition, participants had three opportunities to practice the presentation and facilitation skills that were presented. Practice sessions for workshop participants were supported with feedback from both peers and instructors.

This workshop was the best I have ever had during 25 years of my work experience…

– Workshop participant