InterWorks facilitated an online Senior Emergency Leadership Programme (SELP) workshop for UNHCR SCER members from 12-14 April 2022. The themes of the workshop centered on protection challenges, interagency coordination, managing risks and crisis communication, staffing in emergencies, prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment and Duty of Care (with a focus on psychosocial wellbeing and health and safety).
Trainers and presenters for each session were identified jointly by UNHCR DESS and UNHCR GLDC ESMLU. All presentations were delivered in English. The event was conducted online via MS Teams and was hosted and managed by UNHCR GLDC.
In addition to the online SELP programme, participants were required to complete a media training with the UNHCR News and Media Team in GCS, take part in a private one-on-one session with a counsellor from an external mental health partner, and complete the Hogan Development Survey.
The SELP is for UNHCR senior staff members who have been selected as members of the Senior Corporate Emergency Roster (SCER). It prepares them for deployment to leadership roles within major or complex emergencies. Participants and their supervisors agree to their being placed on the SCER, on standby for immediate deployment for up to two months (exceptionally, three months for system-wide scale-up activation) during a one-year period.
The sessions were very good in providing an overview and key information but did not allow enough time to discuss real life scenarios/examples.– Workshop participant.