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Training Programme for International Deployments


This training programme is intended for RCRC volunteers, staff and registered members as well as people not affiliated with the RCRC Movement but interested in working with us.

The programme is divided into four parts:

  1. Preparatory online training
    Everyone is required to complete the online training courses listed before attending a virtual/face-to-face training or being deployed through GRC/IFRC/ICRC surge mechanism.
  2. Virtual and face-to-face training
    Practical training on RCRC Movement structures and response tools as pre-deployment preparation. Scenario-based exercises are used to illustrate key aspects of a mission and our working approach.
  3. Refresher and capacity building training
    Individual refresher training or on-the-job training of trainers for already trained and/or experienced delegates.
  4. Workshops
    Practical peer-to-peer learning for specific topics and/or target groups.

The training structure follows the RCRC Movement’s standards. It aims to ensure a common understanding of our work and compliance with the Fundamental Principles, and to mitigate security risks.

Download: Training Programme 2023

Please note that in the course of 2023 additional trainings might come up. The relevant dates and application details will be updated in the training programme on this website, published in GRCReady for application and shared via e-mail with the relevant technical pool(s).

graphic about technical pools in the GRC International Training Programme

Whom are we looking for?

Everyone who meets the requirements of the respective training course, has minimum of two years working experience and is interested in the humanitarian work of the RCRC Movement.

GRC is looking for qualified personnel for short and long-term missions who want to become part of the GRC Surge Roster. All people who are trained and ready to be deployed on surge missions with GRC are members of the surge roster, which is composed of 28 technical pools:

Syria, Syrian Arab Red Crescent, SARC, aid, logistics
Basem Zghaibeh, warehouse manager, and Sarah Mansor, finance officer at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse hub in Tartous. Basem and Sarah got married on the day of a distribution, returning the same evening to prepare for the next day's aid delivery. Their first day of married life also involved distributing aid to IDPs fleeing the conflict.

Where can I find more information?

Interested in joining the German Red Cross Surge Roster?

To apply for a training and to become part of the Surge Roster, please visit our GRCReady website

Join GRC Surge Roster

Preparatory online training

In order to participate in international training or being deployed with GRC on an international surge mission, the following online training must be completed. Training certificates must be uploaded in GRCReady (

These courses can be accessed through the RCRC Learning Platform ( For quick access to all of them you can use our dedicated „GRCReady Welcome“ training playlist (
Registration, access to and use of the Learning Platform is open and free. In case of questions or problems please contact support.learning(at)ifrc(dot)org.

I. World of Red Cross and Red Crescent (WORC)
WORC introduces to the fundamental elements of the RCRC Movement. It is made up of several modules covering subjects such as history, structure, principles, emblem, accountability, etc. and outlines the rules of the different components of the RCRC Movement. (4:30 hours)

II. Code of Conduct
This video introduces the Code of Conduct - for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief. (6 minutes)

III. Stay Safe 2.0 Global Edition: Level 1 - 3
Security is everyone’s responsibility. The training is meant for staff and volunteers working in emergencies in a national context or abroad. The third level is aimed at those who have security management responsibilities for staff working nationally and internationally. You will need to have passed through levels 1 and 2 to successfully complete level 3. (5:05 hours)

IV. Principles and Rules for Red Cross and Red Crescent Humanitarian Assistance
This course intends to increase awareness and promote compliance with the Principles and Rules that govern National Societies and the IFRC in international humanitarian assistance. (1:00 hours)

V. 101: Corruption Prevention
Corruption is a major challenge in humanitarian assistance as it deprives those we seek to assist of essential live-saving resources. The goal of this course is to reduce the overall risk of corruption by giving learners an understanding of the problem through scenario-based exercises where the consequences of their choices will be revealed. (2:30 hours)

VI: Targeted – An introduction to Cyber Security
The aim of this course is to increase your awareness of information security, give you an insight into the dangers that exist, and provide you with the tools to make the right decisions at difficult times to ensure we all remain safe from increasing threats (0:30 hours)

VII: Introduction to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
This course will help you learn about our policy commitments to protect people we work with. It will focus on the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse; our responsibilities to prevent and protect from harm; and what to do if you are concerned about the safety of a person who might be at risk or suffered from abuse. (0:30 hours)

VIII: Introduction to Child Protection
This short course describes UNICEF's work in the field of Child Protection, and why it matters. In this course, you explore the goals, programmes, challenges and achievements of child protection work. (0:30 hours)

IX: Unconscious Bias and Diversity Essentials
Diverse organisations and leadership teams are more successful than those which are not. The Unconscious Bias & Diversity Essentials helps you to be more aware of your own biases, be a more inclusive leader and empower your team to perform to their full potential. (1:40 hours)

X. Surge Video Series: an introduction to Rapid Response in Disasters and Crisis
What is Surge? Which are the key concepts and principles in emergency response for each of the sectors? What are the tools and different resources available to carry out the response? How do the different sectors work with each other? This curriculum is meant as an introduction to Surge trough 17 short videos/courses. Each 20-minute course includes an episode focusing on each of the sectors involved. (5:40 hours)

XI. Sharing the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement on Social Media
The objective of this course is to support response personnel in developing their social media and communication plans. (0:30 hours)

XII. COVID-19 real-time training by WHO: Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19
Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. All delegates require knowledge and skills to protect themselves and others from the occupational risks they encounter, so that they can work safely and effectively. (1:00 hour)

COVID-19 protocol for face-to-face training

For all face-to-face training courses or events listed in the training programme, GRC implements both its own regulations applicable for all staff at headquarters and the relevant national/regional regulations. As these regulations are constantly changing due to the dynamic of the COVID-19 pandemic, all confirmed participants will receive more information on the COVID-19 protocol in place and related precautions.

The following general requirements for participation apply:

COVID-19 informed consent
Every person at the training must sign an informed consent acknowledging the COVID-19 related risks in advance.

Vaccinated and negative COVID-19 rapid test
Only participants who are fully vaccinated will be allowed access to the event or facility concerned. Proof of vaccination must be digitally verifiable.
Every person is expected to perform a COVID-19 rapid test prior to departure to the training and inform surge(at)drk(dot)de in case of COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result. Additionally, everyone will be tested again upon arrival at the training venue.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Every person at the training must bring their own PPE (e.g. FFP2 masks) including a thermometer for daily body temperature checks.

Every person at the training is expected to follow strictly the standard hygiene precautions (hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distance, wearing a mask, frequent disinfection of surfaces, keep rooms well ventilated).

Health screening and regular testing
Every person at the training is expected to monitor their physical well-being and report changes/symptoms to the assigned staff health person.
Furthermore, every second day a mandatory COVID-19 rapid test is performed for all during the course of the training.

Movement restrictions
During the training and particularly after the training sessions, everybody is expected to stay at the training venue.

Download: Training Programme 2023

Please note that in the course of 2023 additional trainings might come up. The relevant dates and application details will be updated in the training programme on this website, published in GRCReady for application and shared via e-mail with the relevant technical pool(s).

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