Learning objectives

The programme covers a range of topics specific to emergency and high-threat environments. At the end of the programme, learners will better understand and be able to carry out their responsibilities in these environments in the following areas:

  • Module 1. Managing security and security risks
  • Module 2. Managing human resources
  • Module 3. Managing programme delivery
  • Module 4. Operational context
  • Module 5. Making decisions under pressure
  • Module 6. Negotiating in emergency and high-threat environments
  • Module 7. Keeping yourself resilient
  • Module 8. Keeping your team resilient
  • Module 9. Leading in emergencies and high-threat environments
  • Module 10. Building an effective team

The specific learning objectives for each of these topics are provided at the start of each module.


This learning programme is for UNICEF supervisors and managers at every level who are operating in, or who are preparing to operate in, an emergency or high-threat environment.


The learning programme will take up to ten hours to complete online. There are ten modules which will each take approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour to complete online, with some modules containing additional materials for team-building activities you can run offline with your team members, varying in duration from 1 – 4 hours.


Each module provides an overview of specific issues common to emergency and high-threat environments, advice about how to address them, and guidance for managers on their role and responsibilities for this. Each module also contains links to related guidance from UNICEF, UN system-wide, and the wider international development and humanitarian sector. Learning materials include short guidance booklets, practical checklists, and a range of other learning activities, such as online quizzes and teambuilding activities you can run offline with your team members.


There are currently ten modules in this learning programme.

Contact details

Please contact agora@unicef.org for technical issues arising.