Global Nutrition Cluster

Harmonised Training Package (HTP)


A new module 22 "Gender-Responsive Nutrition in Emergencies" (MS Word) has been added to HTP in May 2013. This version in currendly with a designer.

A new module 23 "Nutrition of Older people in emergencies" has been added to HTP in February 2013

The Harmonised Training Package: Resource Material for Training on Nutrition in Emergencies (HTP) is a comprehensive documentation of the latest technical aspects of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE). The word Harmonised reflects the pulling together of the latest technical policy and guidance, the word Training refers to its main application and the word Package refers to the bringing together of the subject matter into one place.

The HTP is an initiative of the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) and has been endorsed by the GNC and its member's agencies. In 2007, the GNC commissioned the partnership NutritionWorks to develop HTP Version 1 that was launched in 2008. An update to produce HTP Version 2 was conducted in 2011. The technical update is being coordinated by NutritionWorks in a project managed by the UK based charity, Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), funded by USAID OFDA.

Numerous experts from many different organizations have been involved in writing the content of the HTP. Each module has been reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers from many of the academic institutions and operational agencies in the sector who have participated generously to ensure a high quality resource. A full list of authors and reviewers are included in the Acknowledgements for each module.

Who is the HTP for?
The HTP is a primarily a resource for trainers in the NiE sector and it can be used by individuals to increase their technical knowledge of the sector. It is designed to provide trainers from any implementing agency or academic institution with information from which to design and implement a training course according to the specific needs of the target audience, the length of time available for training and according to the training objectives. It can be used as stand-alone modules or as combined modules depending on the training needs.

What the HTP is not
The HTP is not a ready-to-use training course. It cannot be used as an ‘off the shelf' package; rather, it should be used as a resource package during a process of course development by experienced trainers.

How is the HTP organised?
Each module contains 5 parts which have a specific purpose as follows:

  • Acknowledgements - provides an overview of the reviewers who participated to ensure the quality of the modules.
  • The Fact Sheet - provides an overview of the module's topic and is designed for non-technical people to obtain a quick overview of the subject area.
  • The Technical Notes - for trainers and trainees, provides detailed technical guidance on current policies and practice.
  • The Trainers Guide - aims to help trainers develop a training course and provides tips and tools which can be adapted to the specific training context. Some modules contain visuals in this part.
  • Resources - lists of relevant available resources (including training materials) for the specific technical area. These resources are being made available in the Nutrition in Emergency Repository.

Availability of HTP Version 2.0 (2011)
All modules below are available in Version 2.0. This version is currently displayed in English.

  • Module 22: Gender-responsive nutrition in emergencies
    Acknowledgements [pdf] [doc]
    Fact Sheet [pdf] [doc]
    Technical Notes [pdf] [doc]
    Trainer's Guide [pdf] [doc]
    Training resource list [pdf] [doc]
    Whole module in pdf [pdf]
    Whole module in MS Word [doc]
    [Additional Resources - coming soon]
  • Module 23: Nutrition of older people in emergencies
    Acknowledgements [pdf] [doc]
    Fact Sheet [pdf] [doc]
    Technical Notes [pdf] [doc]
    Trainer's Guide [pdf] [doc]
    Training resource list [pdf] [doc]
    Whole module in pdf [pdf]
    Whole module in MS Word [zip]
    [Additional Resources - 100MB]

Presentations to complement Harmonised Training Package

These PowerPoint presentations (November 2011) were prepared to complement the above HTP modules as part of a GNC Capacity Strengthening Project where the whole HTP package was piloted in various countries. The project report [pdf] provides lessons learned from the experience in each country.

  • Complementary Resources: Presentation of Training Package [zip], Opening of Training [zip], Training tools [zip] and Case Studies [zip]
  • Module 1: Introduction to Nutrition in Emergencies [ppt]
  • Module 2: The Humanitarian System: Roles, Responsibilities and Coordination [ppt]
  • Modules 3 & 4: Understanding Malnutrition & Micronutrient Malnutrition [ppt]
  • Module 5: Causes of Malnutrition [ppt]
  • Module 6: Measuring Malnutrition: Individual Assessment [ppt]
  • Module 7: Measuring Malnutrition: Population Assessment [ppt]
  • Module 8: Health Assessment and the Link with Malnutrition [ppt]
  • Module 9: Food Security Assessment and the Link with Nutrition [ppt]
  • Module 10: Nutrition Information and Surveillance Systems [ppt]
  • Module 11: General Food Distribution [ppt]
  • Module 12: Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition [ppt]
  • Module 13: Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition [ppt]
  • Module 14: Micronutrient Interventions [ppt]
  • Module 15: Priority Health Interventions that Impact Nutrition Status in Emergencies [ppt]
  • Module 16: Livelihood Interventions [ppt]
  • Module 17: Infant and Young Child Feeding [ppt]
  • Module 18: HIV & AIDS Nutrition [ppt]
  • Module 19: Working with Communities in Emergencies [ppt]
  • Module 20: Monitoring and Evaluation [ppt]
  • Module 21: Standards and Accountability [ppt]



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