This short course is designed to help countries prepare for and respond to Nutrition emergencies. Embracing the ERP approach will strengthen Nutrition Clusters/sectors’ capacities to implement and scale up a timely and coordinated response from the early phase of emergencies, to prevent widespread catastrophe and protect the nutritional status of the affected populations.

In this short course, you will learn how to strengthen the collective level of emergency preparedness with a step-by-step approach. From risk analysis to the development of a preparedness actions workplan and a multi-risk ERP plan. You will understand all the planning elements that need to be done at preparedness phase to enable an effective operationalization of an early nutrition response from the onset of a shock.

You will also become familiar with the ERP tools that are available to help you and your Nutrition Cluster/sector increase your level of emergency response readiness.

To access a country example of ERP plan, click HERE.

Learning objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the goals of the ERP approach, including the expected results and outputs of ERP planning. 
  • Understand how to do risk analysis and rank main risks based on their likelihood and potential impact.
  • Develop a crisis scenario looking at how a potential high disaster risk could evolve and define key assumptions or predictions. 
  • Understand how response analysis can inform the design of the response plan and explain what the initial response phase's design comprises of 
  • Describe the operational arrangements to be anticipated and prepared for coordination, IM, assessments and response delivery
  • Understand the purpose behind consolidating preparedness measures in a workplan
  • Be able to ensure the multi-risk ERP plan includes the necessary planning figures, a detailed early response plan, preparedness measures and that key cross-cutting themes are adequately taken into considerations.


This is an intermediary-level course aimed at anyone who is interested in furthering their skills and knowledge in nutrition Emergency Response Preparedness using a step-by-step approach.


It should take you about 5 hours to complete this self-paced course. 


This course is composed of short self-paced animated modules, including various examples and activities. 


This course is composed of seven modules:

  • Introduction to ERP
  • ERP Steps 1&2 Risk analysis and scenario building
  • ERP Step 3 Mapping existing response capacities
  • ERP Step 4 Response analysis and design
  • ERP Step 5 Planning for operational arrangements
  • ERP Step 6 Preparedness actions workplan
  • ERP Steps 7&8 ERP plan finalization and dissemination

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