Workshop 1: April 16-17, 2024

Workshop 2: April 18-19, 2024

Application Deadline: 20 March, 2024


The Building a Better Response (BBR) project is offering two, 2 day English language workshops to strengthen the capacity of NGO personnel engaging in the international humanitarian coordination system during complex emergencies. The workshops will be held from April 16-19, 2024. Both workshops are identical, applicants need only apply once and selected participants attend one of the two.

Through case studies, interactive activities, and group discussions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of coordination through topics such as humanitarian principles and standards, country-level leadership, and humanitarian programming cycle and financing.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of humanitarian coordination and the current landscape of humanitarian response
  • Analyze the unique challenges in coordination that NGOs face in responding to emergencies
  • Identify how NGOs can improve their involvement within the international humanitarian coordination system
  • Understand how to increase the effectiveness of NGO engagement in coordination

About BBR

Target Audience

The target audience for these workshops are staff working in Pakistan from local, national, or international NGOs, who are engaged in humanitarian response, have elements of humanitarian coordination included in their job responsibilities, and who are committed to promoting coordination within their organizations.

Ideal candidates include:

  • Staff who are regularly deployed on emergency response teams
  • HQ or field staff who are assigned to actively engage within clusters
  • NGO representatives on humanitarian leadership fora
  • Personnel who are regularly required to interact with humanitarian funding mechanisms and the Humanitarian Programme Cycle
  • NGO staff responsible for capacity building/training within their organization specific to the content of this workshop


This is an interactive workshop with plenary discussions and small group activities. In attending this workshop, participants are making a commitment to take part in the entire duration of the workshop. To foster an environment of learning, participants should be prepared to actively engage and will be encouraged to share their insights, ask questions, and participate in all of the activities.

Proficiency in English is required for this workshop


Participants who are selected to attend the workshop will be required to complete the following tasks prior to participation in the workshop:

  • Complete the entire Building a Better Response e-learning course and submit the certificate to the workshop organizers
  • Review the workshop participant packet
  • Prepare for a case study exercise on day 2 of the workshop by reading a short country example

Pre-workshop tasks will take approximately 5-10 hours to complete. It is assumed that workshop applicants have received permission from their supervisors to attend the workshop and complete the pre-work, and that all participants will arrive at the workshop with these tasks completed.

Workshop Timing

2-Day Workshops
Islamabad, Pakistan
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Local Time

Workshop 1: 16-17 April, 2024

Workshop 2: 18-19 April, 2024

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Before submitting an application, please check that you meet all of the following eligibility requirements. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

  • Must work for an NGO
  • Coordination must be an essential part of job responsibility
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to coordination and a desire to spread learning to colleagues
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write English with proficiency


With the generous support of USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), this workshop will be provided free of charge to all selected participants. In addition, the following costs will be covered by the project for those who are selected:

  • Transportation to and from the workshop location – If you are not located in the city where the workshop will be held.
  • Accommodations for 2 nights – Depending on where you are located.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the 2 workshop days, as well as morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks


Interested applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should complete the application form found HERE by 20 March 2024.

Applicants will receive confirmation if they are accepted shortly after the deadline. BBR workshops often receive more applications than there are spaces available. Selection of participants is based on the quality of the application, applicants’ meeting the eligibility criteria, as well as to ensure a diverse representation of participants. If you have any questions,please contact