Diploma in Humanitarian Logistics


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Course Overview

Humanitarian Logistics is very central in disaster and emergency operations. It relates to the relocation of affected communities, movement of relief supplies and emergency transfer of casualties and relief workers involved in the operations.

In every humanitarian action, logistics take the biggest budget and effort confirming the need for supporting efficient systems to ensure emergency supplies reach those in

need in the most effective way. With increasing emergency situations around the world humanitarian logistics has a big demand hence the need for career development in the sector.

Course Objectives:

To examine the logistics system including planning the activities required in a humanitarian and emergency situation.

To understand logistics planning and implementation processes

To understand information needs during emergency situations especially the need for situational analysis, resource mobilization and networking with partners humanitarian organizations ensure operations are successful

Course Outline

Responding to emergency situations

Needs assessment/ situational analysis for the individual humanitarian situation

Principles of Logistics Management

Logistics Planning for emergency supplies

Information and Communication protocols for emergency situations

Humanitarian partners, cooperation and management

Budgeting for logistics and reviewing goods availability against humanitarian needs of the operation

Fleet Management

Staff Management

Storage, Warehousing and stock controls

Procurement and Contracts Management

Transport and Logistics Operations

Movement of people and supplies in emergency situations

Risk management in the supply chain

Measuring logistics activities and tracking performance

Monitoring and Evaluation in the supply chain

Emerging and Global Trends in Humanitarian Logistics

Training Format:

All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform

Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

Materials Provided:

Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of each month.


Learning Plan

Access to course materials on E-Learning Platform

Online interaction with Course Moderators

Monthly assignments

15-20 Page Project Paper

End of Course Examination