Managing ECHO Humanitarian Actions

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Humanitarian actions must be an effective and ethical expression of human solidarity. Humanitarian aid aims at saving lives, alleviating suffering and protecting human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies through material and logistical assistance. The consequences of disasters are devastating and diverse: lives are lost, housing, crops and livelihoods destroyed. Humanitarian aid is provided in a variety of forms, depending on the nature of the crisis. It can range from food, clothes, healthcare, shelter, water and sanitation to emergency repairs to infrastructure, demining actions, psychological support and education.

Humanitarian aid actors today face a number of major challenges. There has been an increasing tendency to ignore or deliberately violate International Law, including International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and Refugee Law. (European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid).

Most part of humanitarian aid operations are funded by public institutions, with the European Union representing the world's biggest donor of humanitarian aid. The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) implements humanitarian operations, through the cooperation with over 200 partners (United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and international organizations). In partnership with these humanitarian organizations ECHO has a very fast response capacity, which allows funding and staff to be rapidly deployed to where help is most needed. Working with public funding entails a specific objective and approaches framework, to ensure accountability to taxpayers and, even more importantly, to people affected by crises. In recent years, increased need for accountability and transparency led to the definition of a more complex set of regulations, defining roles and responsibility of ECHO and its partners.

That’s why, the availability of trained professionals is crucial to ensure an adequate, effective, equitable and flexible delivery of Aid. Likewise, the knowledge on how to apply ECHO rules and procedures represents the first key element in the education of young professionals willing to work in the field of humanitarian aid.

The training, developed in the context of the Framework Contract signed between ECHO and the Consortium lead by punto.sud , also provides in depth analysis of the 2014 Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA).

During the three-day training, the Intensive Course: Managing ECHO Humanitarian Actions will touch upon the following issues:

  • ECHO overview (legal basis, main actors, decision making process);
  • Action planning phase (proposal preparation and submission);
  • Action implementation phase (management of costs, supplies, reporting and plan modifications);
  • Action closure phase (closure activities, final reporting, payment).

All classes will be held in English.

At the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

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Staff and experts coming from punto.sud and are experienced workers at both HQ and field levels of ECHO programmes, specialized in delivering trainings according to established quality criteria for adult learning.


The course is open and suitable for university students, graduates, professionals and operators looking to work in the field of humanitarian aid, especially in ECHO programs. This course serves both as introduction to and specialization on ECHO specific procedures and policies.

A good knowledge of English is essential for participation.

Fee information

The cost for the Intensive Course is 640 Euro. The fee does not include expenses for travel, housing or meals. 480 € for Early Booking

How to register

To enroll in the "Intensive Course: Managing ECHO Humanitarin Actions " , please complete the application form

For further information please write to or call + 39 02.863313223