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This coaching program aims to help education coordination staff and relevant stakeholders, establish a sound evidence-base for the design and delivery of a quality education in emergencies (EiE) response through conducting coordinated EiE needs assessments and analysis. 

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Learning objectives

After completing this program you will:

  • Understand how to determine the education-related needs of a population affected by crisis and establish a sound evidence base for the planning, design and delivery of a quality EiE response.
  • Have led a coordinated EiE needs assessment and analysis and be able to do so again.

Prerequisite learning

Prior to beginning this program, it is essential that all participants have a basic level of Information Management (IM) and analysis literacy.  In order to ensure a common, basic skill level, please download this syllabus and complete the three prerequisite IM modules.  Note: you only need to complete the lessons for those skillsets which you do not already feel confident doing.

Who is this program aimed at?

This program has a direct and indirect target audience:

Direct: The direct target audience will be those engaging in the online lessons and receiving direct support from the program’s coaches. This primarily includes the in-country Education Cluster Teams (Coordinators and Information Management Officers at both national and sub-national levels).  There is contextual flexibility in the program to potentially expand the direct target audience to also include strategically selected individuals such as: members of the Cluster’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) and/or Assessment Working Group (AWG), government counterparts as well as a regional focal point to provide Cluster Teams with additional support, learn from the program and support additional program roll-out in the future.

Indirect: The indirect target audience for this program will be the Cluster’s partners, with particular emphasis on building local partner capacity, including government capacity where appropriate.  While they are not expected to participate in this online portion of the program, the Cluster Teams being coached will be responsible throughout the program to provide capacity building opportunities for their Cluster members.

What does the programme contain?

The online portion of this program is intended to provide participants with a sound theoretical understanding of coordinated EiE needs assessment and analysis while also providing practical remote support from expert coaches as participants plan, design and conduct a in-country needs assessment. When possible, the online content and remote coaching will be supplemented by deployed, face-to-face coaching support.

The coaching program closely follows the structure and content of the Global Education Cluster’s Guide to Coordinated Education in Emergencies Needs Assessments and Analysis (see also the accompanying Summary Guide) which will help you to prepare for, plan and conduct needs assessments and analyses. Therefore, much of the reading and assignments in this program will come directly from the Guide and help you apply the guidance to your country assessments. The program modules include:


Participants will first be introduced to the different types of humanitarian needs assessments, levels of coordination and assessment processes.

Module 1: Identify key decisions

This module focuses on identifying the key decisions needing to be made for planning, designing and delivering a quality EiE response and the information needed to inform those decisions; this provides the basis for all assessment processes.

Module 2: Secondary data review

This module explains how to meet identified needs and highlight remaining information gaps by conducting a secondary data review (SDR).

Module 3: Conduct a joint education needs assessment

This module provides guidance on how to conduct a joint education needs assessment (JENA), including how to plan and design an assessment, collect and enter data, conduct analysis and generate and share assessment reports and products.

Module 4: Harmonize education assessments

This module explores how to harmonize EiE assessments after a JENA has been conducted (or when a JENA is not contextually possible).


This is not a typical online course.  It is a coaching program intended to support Education Cluster Teams to learn how to lead coordinated education needs assessments by actually conducting an in-country assessment. As such it is anticipated that the course will take approximately 3-4 months to complete.


If you have questions about this program and its content or would like information on getting enrolled, please contact