17.04.2023, Online

Joint risk management


17, 19 and 24 April as well as 4 May 2023, online


Humanitarian organisations operate in volatile contexts and are exposed to diverse risks. A robust risk management mechanism can minimise their impact.

Humanitarian organisations work in volatile contexts and are often exposed to diverse risks (e.g. safety & security, operational, fiduciary, reputational). They have to introduce robust risk management mechanisms to be able to minimise the impacts of those risks to their organisations and staff.



The focus of this training will be on risks related to safety and security as well as how to implement and maintain a risk management system together with partner organisations. Participants will learn which steps are part of a comprehensive risk management on the basis of the Security Circle:

  • Context analysis
  • Risk assessment (incl. identification of risks, analysis of likelihood and impact)
  • Risk reduction strategies
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Contingency planning
  • Incident reporting and analysis


Target group

The training is tailored at staff of German and local humanitarian NGOs that are responsible for proposal writing, the implementation of humanitarian projects and/or security-related topics in their organisation without prior knowledge on risk management. In the registration form it is possible to make two registrations with one booking. We kindly ask German NGO colleagues to forward this invitation to their local partner organisations and to coordinate on a joint registration if they wish to work on a common case.



Jacob van ‘t Slot, Global Risk Advice
Steven Poot, Global Risk Advice



The training consists of four online sessions. Each session will be composed of a mix of theory, individual and group exercises as well as practical examples and open discussions. During and between the sessions, participants will work on own case studies to practice the seminar learnings. The sessions will be in English. Participation is free of charge.



The training is part of a joint project of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr-University Bochum and VENRO. It can be credited for one of the Certificates of Advanced Studies either in “Locally-Led Humanitarian Action” or “Foundations Humanitarian Action". You can find more information here. Participants who would like to obtain a certificate have to take part in a final test. The test can be taken individually after the last session. 



The seminar is free of charge.



Please register online until 9 April 2023. Your registration is binding for all sessions. Participation in individual dates is not possible.

Kindly contact Karoline Krähling for further questions (+49 (0)30/26 39 299-28, k.kraehling(at)venro.org).

Please find the programme below.