Global Nutrition Cluster


All technical trainings listed on this page are free of charge. Their objectives are to provide learner with fundamental theories and relevant to nutrition in emergencies knowledge. After completing many of these trainings and passing a final test, you will receive a certificate. 


Foundations of Nutrition in Emergencies

The Nutrition in Emergencies was developed by ENN for UNICEF.  It covers basic concepts around the humanitarian system and reform, undernutrition and response in emergencies, individual assessment and micronutrients. The package aims to increase the accessibility of information within key modules of the HTP, included above, to strengthen the technical knowledge of individuals working in or aspiring to work in emergency nutrition. The course comprises 5 sections comprised of lessons and mini-lessons.

Caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition

Based on the WHO's guidelines, this online course provides standardised and interactive learning in 3 modules. In the first module you will learn the definition and classification of malnutrition, the visible and invisible changes caused by malnutrition and why malnourished children need different care from other children. In the second module you will learn how to assess and screen children for malnutrition, and in the third module how to manage children with malnutrition. These will include the ten steps for successful management, how community- and facility-based approaches can be integrated to widen coverage and why common conditions such as gastroenteritis, pneumonia and malaria have to be treated differently when there is coexisting malnutrition.

Programming for Nutrition Outcomes

Programming for Nutrition Outcomes is a free open-access educational resource. This Master's-level module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlight its multi-sectoral causes and identify potential programmatic solutions. Please note that these are self-study sessions and that no certification or tutorial support is provided, but there is a brief assessment at the end of each session to test your knowledge. For further information please click here.

Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding

This training course aims to enhance the competencies and build capacity of UNICEF staff and counterparts who are involved in Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programmes in developing countries. This includes programme development, programme implementation, programme evaluation, and other related activities for improving nutrition and health outcomes of infants and young children.The training course consists of 12 units, including 9 lectures and 3 case studies.

IFE Interactive lessons

These lessons have been developed by the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) and IFE Core Group members, funded by the GNC. The IFE e-learning lessons were produced as part of a package of resources to help in orientation on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE). These resources are targeted at emergency relief staff, program managers, and technical staff involved in planning and responding to emergencies, at national and international level.It consists of seven lessons; eEach lesson takes about 40 minutes to complete. These online lessons support and build on the content of Module 17 (Infant and Young Child Feeding) of the Harmonised Training Package (HTP).They can be used in self learning, in preparation for a face-to-face training, or as a group exercise.

'Communication is aid'

The infoasaid e-learning course aims to raise awareness about the key components of effective communication with crisis-affected communities and to build knowledge and skills on how to communicate in practice.
The course is divided into five modules. The first two introduce learners to the course and the key concepts it covers. The remaining three modules are interactive, scenario-based challenges and involve learners having to make key decisions to do with communication during an earthquake, a post conflict situation and a hurricane/flood. The modules are divided up as follows: how to use this course, why communication matters, knowing your target audience, crafting and adapting messages, and communication: a two way process.

'The Different Needs - Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys and Men'

The e-course operationalizes the IASC Gender Handbook 'Women, girls, boys and men: different needs – equal opportunities' endorsed by the IASC in 2006 and is available online. You can also view an introduction flyer.

The course takes between three and five hours to complete. It takes the user into a hypothetical crisis and presents a series of gender dilemmas. The user receives certification on successful completion.

This self-directed ecourse provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response, including camp management and coordination, education, food issues, gender-based violence, health, livelihoods, non-food items, protection, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Undertaking the course is, therefore, strongly encouraged - to make a difference for women, girls, boys and men in emergency settings.

The course is a dynamic and living tool. Please provide feedback to ensure that the course can be adapted to local contexts. The email address is:

SPHERE e-learning

'The Sphere Handbook in Action' e-learning course allows humanitarian workers to undertake an ambitious training programme on Sphere principles and standards in an autonomous manner.

The course is open to everyone and free of charge. The full course takes about six hours, and may be completed at each person's pace. For the time being, the course is available in English. Arabic, French and Spanish versions are expected in early April

The course brings the Handbook to life through the use of realistic scenarios, helping the learner to get acquainted with its core messages and to understand how to use it holistically.

The course will be beneficial to anyone involved in humanitarian response: from people new to Sphere principles and standards to experienced humanitarian workers who already work with them but may appreciate tips on how to use them better.

Among the key aspects of humanitarian work explored by the course are: accountability to affected populations, needs assessments, response coordination, impartiality and non-discrimination, keeping populations safe from harm, "building back safer" and looking after oneself as a humanitarian worker.

Reducing Childhood and Maternal Anaemia  E-learning courses

World Vision International is offering facilitated e-learning courses on Reducing Childhood Anaemia (9 weeks) and Reducing Maternal Anaemia (5 weeks) this winter/spring.  It will be free for external organizations to participate in these courses this year.  The courses are designed for development workers implementing nutrition programming in communities, and work well for busy professionals as an on-the-job training.  The courses include practical field assignments and promote interactive learning through discussion forums with peer learners around the world as well as an expert facilitator in multi - sectoral programming for nutrition. [Flyer pdf]

Application form [Doc] These courses are already fully booked. World Vision International is planning to organize them again in October/November 2014



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