Apply for Induction to IFRC Operations learning programme

We are accepting applications until January 17th

The fourth round of “Induction to IFRC Operations” Learning Programme will start on February 12, 2024: 

  • 12-16 February 2024: Onboarding and Welcome session
  • 19 February – 22 March 2024: the learning programme
  • 22-25 March 2024: the final test

The goal of this Programme is to prepare staff to navigate critical IFRC systems, policies, and procedures in emergency operations. It is aimed to make your life during surge deployments easier. 

Modality: interactive online learning experience with scenarios based on real-life cases. The Programme includes independent e-learning, weekly live sessions with experts, practice sessions, graded assignments, and one-on-one sessions with tutors. Live sessions will run twice in 2 time zones to allow participation from different regions.

You can read more about the Programme here 

Selection criteria:

  1. Individuals who are intending to deploy as part of Surge (Rapid Response or ERU). This training is designed primarily for implementation level staff (Tier 1) who have no or limited experience of deployments to IFRC emergency operations – these profiles are given a preference. Coordinator and Management (Tier 2-3) level staff with more experience in IFRC emergency operations may also apply for this training as a refresher, but these seats are limited.
  2. Individuals must be a staff member, volunteer or registered member of a National Society, IFRC or ICRC.
  3. Experience in supporting at least 2 emergency response operations at national level or at least 1 emergency response operation at international level in the last 10 years.
  4. Technical sector expertise, ideally matching one of the role profiles in the Catalogue of Surge services (including member of an ERU) - a strong advantage.
  5. Experience of working effectively in highly stressful circumstances.
  6. Experience of working in multi-discipline and multi-national teams.
  7. Fluent (at least upper intermediate level) in both written and spoken English.
  8. Digital literacy to be able to complete the programme online (e-learning, Zoom, SharePoint, coworking tools, etc.)
  9. Support from line manager/supporting National Society is required to ensure that participants have enough time to complete the Programme and are available for a deployment for at least one month during the next 24 months’ period.


Outcomes of the Programme for Participants:

Participants who complete the programme successfully will be eligible to become a Rapid Response Personnel Member and will be invited to register in the Rapid Response Management System (RRMS), if they are interested in future deployments and want to start receiving alerts. In the RRMS, they will be granted the tag “Induction”, meaning they are fluent in IFRC policies and procedures.  


Nomination of candidates and selection of training participants: 

There are 40 seats available. The seats are distributed among 5 regions, with increased number of seats for African National Societies in this cohort. The next cohort will provide more seats to another region.


Application process

Please apply directly using this link. Please kindly coordinate with your National Society or IFRC/ICRC office to ensure they support your application.  

Deadline for all applications:

The strict deadline for applications to be received by the Global Surge Learning Team is January 17th, 2024 end of day CET.

The selection is done by the Selection Committee that includes Surge Desk HQ and Regional Offices, and Surge Learning team, and takes into consideration the application form, NS priority order, gender, sector, and geographic diversity.

Availability for the training and deployment

Please note, all applicants are requested to attach to their application an authorization form signed by their line managers. You can download the form here.


This Learning Programme has a cost of 500 CHF per participant. These fees will allow us to run the Programme on a regular basis, engage experienced tutors, and keep the content of the Programme relevant and regularly updated. 

A National Society / IFRC office has 3 options:

  • Pay for their own participant (500 CHF).
  • Pay for their own participant and sponsor other participant(s) who would otherwise not be able to participate. This will allow us to grant fee waivers (1000 - 1500 CHF).
  • Request a fee waiver if they are not able to pay (0 CHF).