Projects Europe

Senior Emergency Leadership Programme (SELP)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) | Apr 2016


InterWorks facilitated a Senior Emergency Leadership Programme (SELP) workshop event in Diovonneles-Bains, France from 17-21 April 2016. The SELP was designed to help those on the Senior Corporate Emergency Roster (SCER) to succeed at three levels of objectives: strategic, operational, and team-level as described below.

Strategic Leadership Objectives

  1. Better be able to lead, manage and coordinate the development and implementation of an over-arching strategy in emergencies in an inclusive manner which engages all relevant stakeholders, in both refugee operations and IDP operations/complex emergencies
  2. Better understand their own leadership attitudes and skills, including: contextual analysis; external stakeholder relationship building; and assessing, implementing and managing rapid changes in tasks, structures, processes and relationships – and develop a personal plan for continuing improvement.

Operational Leadership Objectives

  1. Be able to apply sound management approaches in an emergency context. This includes establishing and managing emergency operations in line with results-based management principles (e.g. emergency standards and indicators); exercising sound resource and information management, etc.
  2. Recognize the importance of external relations and fund-raising strategies in support of the operation.

Team Leadership Objectives

  1. Review themes, guidance, and approaches necessary for leading a UNHCR team in an emergency, communicating a strategic vision, building the team and managing conflict.
  2. Promote and manage personal and team security, health and wellbeing.

The event provided useful guidance for the participants in meeting all of these objectives . Participants remained highly engaged throughout the week-long event and participated actively in all session discussions.

The course facilitators were very professional and knowledgeable of the facilitations techniques. The time management was indeed impressive. They developed very cordial and vivid atmosphere conducive for good learning for adults.

– Workshop participant.