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Toward a sector specific standard for learning and assessment of competencies

Since January 2017, Bioforce Institute has partnered with RedR UK and Pearson, with funding and support from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, to facilitate the creation of sector specific Learning and Assessment Standards and associated Quality Assurance Mechanisms. This initiative will contribute to a new global system for professional development in the humanitarian sector



Creating quality standards to improve humanitarian response

Diouf lives near the border between two countries. Following the outbreak of civil war that led to an influx of population to his side of the border, he is working on a...

4 juil 2017

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Standardising Professional Development In The Humanitarian Sector

Humanitarian learning and assessment providers have an essential role to play in contributing to the delivery of faster, more effective and efficient humanitarian response...

28 fév 2017

L’Institut Bioforce choisi pour piloter le centre de référence sur la qualité de la formation humanitaire The Bioforce Institute to host and lead the Collaboration centre for Quality Learning in Humanitarian Action

The Bioforce Institute to host and lead the Collaboration centre for Quality Learning in Humanitarian Action

In partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, RedR and Pearson Education, the Bioforce Institute will open in November the future reference centre for quality in...

4 nov 2016

Why develop global humanitarian learning and assessment standards?

Research shows there is an appetite amongst learning providers for a global, sector-specific standard on professional development. Once developed, the standard will provide a relevant criterion to measure their services - and, by extension, enable them to demonstrate and improve the quality of their services.

For more on this research, please see the 'Background Information' document. (Available here in Spanish.)

Being able to demonstrate the quality of services will better allow learning providers to:

  • address the concerns of individuals seeking training and recognition;

  • support agencies and organisations seeking to recruit and train their staff; and

  • generate more demand for their services.

Our goal is to lead a consultation process that produces a standard that is useable and relevant.

Bringing the proposal to life

The consultation process will be:

Transparent: With open communication, and accountability in relation to every stage of the process.

Inclusive: Ensure that any stakeholder group or region of the world does not dominate the co-creation process.

Participatory: The consultation process will use a variety of methods to ensure accessibility.

Complementary: The elaboration process of the standards and associated resources will account for other standards and associated quality mechanisms where appropriate.

How do I get involved?

The drafting process is now underway and we are contacting Humanitarian practitioners to seek their view and input on what a learning and assessment standard suitable for the humanitarian sector should comprise of.

The full draft of the Standards is available here. This is a working draft, developed by a wide array of professionals from the humanitarian community, during an on line consultation and face to face interviews that took place between February and April 2017.

The draft sets out standards for the provision of quality learning and assessment of competencies for people working in the humanitarian sector. The Standards are being developed based on best practice, evidence and consensus regarding quality provision of learning and assessment of competencies. As the drafting process continues certain issues have arisen on which the writers and their review groups have not reached an agreement. We collected these issues and are presenting them to you.


Input from you as a member of the humanitarian community is crucial at this stage so please share with us your feedback via:

Your input will feed into a pilot draft. The draft will be available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, launching in October 2017 as a free resource for the sector.

If you have any questions about this project or require any further information, please contact Aida Ouerdane


Pearson Education 

is an education organisation that helps charities to have a social impact through learning.


Humanitarian Leadership Academy 

is a global learning initiative set up to facilitate partnerships and collaborative opportunities to enable people to prepare and respond to crises in their own countries. 


RedR UK 

is a non-profit organisation that provides training, support and accredited certification to national and international crisis response stakeholders, both individuals and organisations.