ICRD has world acclaimed consultants with a range of academic expertise who deliver internationally recognized professional courses to staff working for Governments, International organizations, UN Agencies, local NGOs and learning institutions across the globe.
These professional courses are for staff with already academic qualifications or are employed and wish to boost their careers or are seeking employment after graduating from university or tertiary institutions and wish to acquire hands on new technical skills to improve their CVs or those currently practicing but wish to acquire current skills
Courses are designed to give trainees specialized information in a particular area of study, offering beginner or advanced professional training and qualifications. Most of our professional courses are taken by those seeking advancement in their careers. Training can be held at client premises or at our regional training centers. These training are usually customized to fit individual trainee and organizational skill set needs. Thus, staff at any level of the organization will find suitable training.
The first step is filling a training needs assessment form from where our training consultants will work with you.
ICRD develops bespoke short courses by working with your organization to design and build customized courses from scratch. If you are training managers who choose to have bespoke training, ICRD will help you address the challenges you want to solve and the opportunities you want to exploit.
Training Approach and Delivery Methods
ICRD use heutagogy approach that is most effective approach to adult learning when directed to adult learners who are already professionally qualified, are self‑motivated and self‑determined to improve practice due to the challenges and complexities at the workplace. To achieve best learning experience for the trainee, a combination of adult delivery methods below are used during training.
- Experiential Training
- Case Study and Group Discussions
- Games and Activities including field visits
- Individual or Group Projects and Assignments
Our core training areas
1. Project/Programme Management
Are you implementing a project but do not have sufficient depth or wish to improve your project management skills such leadership, communication, scheduling, risk and cost management, negotiating, critical thinking and task and quality management? ICRD offers a wide range of Project and Programme Management, Finance and Project Quality Controls short training courses that gives new technical skills to trainees to be successful while implementing or coordinating various projects. Trainees acquire contemporary project management methodologies, use robust project management tools and gain confidence in their ability to deliver effective projects. These courses are delivered through a mix of theory and project-simulation practical exercises which allow our trainees to work and implement complex projects and work in a highly interactive, enjoyable and participative manner. Trainees will be advised on how to obtain PMI accreditation.
2. Monitoring evaluation accountability and learning
Whether you have prior experience in MEAL field or are new to the field, this exciting course will develop your knowledge, deepen your understanding and give you new practical skills as a professional. Trained staffs agree that this professional course captures essential quantitative and qualitative aspects of their projects which have become increasingly important. When you join this course you learn how to design a Monitoring and Evaluation system that goes beyond tracking activities, you will be able to show results and your colleagues will genuinely learn from your work. In addition, through your work, your organization will be accountable to stakeholders through information sharing and you will be able to prepare a complaints or feedback mechanism.
3. Community development
Are you working with the community and would like to expand your knowledge and skills on how community groups can bring about change, identify and resolve issues, and bring about change? Take any of our professional courses to get hands on skills and innovative approaches on community development and know how to mobilize communities for development and influencing social change.
4. Poverty reduction
Poverty reduction measures are a set of economic or humanitarian programs and policies undertaken geared towards alleviating economic despair and enabling the poor to create wealth in developed and developing countries. ICRD training presents theoretical and empirical aspects of the economic analysis of poverty and inequality that include distributive analysis, multidimensional poverty, robustness, pro-poor growth and policies, poverty alleviation, targeting criteria and the distributive effects of price changes and tax reforms amongst other modern day practices.
5. Agriculture and Food security
Are you working in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, health, rural development, education or social protection field and are passionate about food security? This course will give you skills in shaping and implementing nutrition-sensitive programmes, investments and policies as a staff working for any of the following organizations- international organizations, donor agencies, NGOs, national governments or as independent consultants. There are a specialized courses on food security field which cover food security and livelihoods, food and nutrition related concepts and definitions; nutrient requirements and balanced diet; different forms of malnutrition and causes of malnutrition
6. Gender, protection and inclusion
Gender, protection and inclusion training programmes aim to raise awareness and enhance knowledge, competences and skills among staff working to provide dignity, access, participation and safety to vulnerable communities. Participants receive understanding, concepts, practical tools and skills needed to incorporate gender equality and inclusion considerations effectively in policies and programs in the organizations and communities.
There is evidence on linkages between poverty alleviation, development and disaster risk reduction which makes DRR a development policy and planning priority. Contemporary practice show that disaster risk lies at the intersection of hazards, exposure, and vulnerability of the exposed elements making disaster risk as not only the result of natural events but anthropological activities including climate change and environmental degradation. ICRD approach uses three agreements reached to improve global environmental governance: the new Sendai Framework (2015–2030), the post-2015 development agenda with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Climate COP21 in Paris.
7. Emergency and crisis response
It is a fact that though communities, governments and organizations will implement proactive and prevention activities to prevent crisis and disasters emergencies may still occur. Various courses by ICRD consultant focuses on activities related to preparing for and providing assistance or intervention immediately before, during or after a crisis or an emergency situation in order to save lives, investments, livelihoods and minimizing damage to property.
Disasters and emergencies are increasing in many developing and developed nations. During such events, attention is given to life saving interventions such as food, health, shelter, protection and water. Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education is crucial during emergencies to avoid the risk associated with intergenerational poverty trap that the affected population can get into. In order to adequately respond to the educational needs of children and adults in emergency settings, humanitarians need tools, knowledge, competences and skills.
8. Public Health and safety
People who survive emergencies and disasters have unique public health concerns associated with their specific experiences. There are changes such as disease patterns, access to health care, livelihoods, shelter, sanitary conditions and nutritional status. Public health professionals need tools, knowledge, competences and skills to assist communities during emergencies. ICRD has developed various short courses to provide trainees with knowledge and critical understanding of public health problems in humanitarian emergencies.
9. Information Communication and Technology
Modern day organizations, government bodies, and companies recognize there the immense benefits and risks of adopting Information Communication Technology (ICT) for efficiency in operations and competitive advantage. For example, some clients who have already adopted enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to automate all the business operations such as finance management, human resource, payroll and procurement have been exposed to new risks through transforming the manual internal controls into automated controls. ICRD provides various courses that gives necessary skills and knowledge to users to be able execute their duties effectively and manage risks associated with ICT.
10. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) is an innovative, interdisciplinary programme combining the areas of remote sensing and spatial analysis (GIS). If you need basic or advanced training in using geospatial technologies to address analytical problems where location is an essential parameter then, ICRD is here to assist you. The program provides all environmental variables and required data such as wetlands, aquifers, land use, people, sources of pollution, coasts, etc. we offer various courses and our graduates have become competent in accessing geospatial data from many sources, creating a cartographically uniform database of geo spatial information, performing spatial analysis, and tabulating results quantitatively and cartographically amongst others.
There are many skill development opportunities for staff such as;
- Web GIS Development
- Spatial analysis and map output services
- Spatial data sourcing, data-set conversion, harmonizing and processing
- Scanning, geographic data capture services and geo-referencing services
- Spatial database design and integration
- Environmental Analysis and Mapping
- Institutional GIS Implementation
- Remote Sensing Data Acquisition
11. research and data management
ICRD provides a range of training programmes on research and data management for scholars, researchers and organization staff who work in various fields. Our research programs build research capacity through activities that promote knowledge and enhance research skill. If you also need to develop and deliver effective data management services to improve research in your organization then, you can sign up for any of our data management courses. As the world is rapidly innovating, data management is transforming the way humans live and work, underscoring the importance of storing and organizing data correctly.
12. Water and sanitation
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services affect the health, livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of vulnerable households in developing countries. There are many actors working to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. ICRD WASH professional training courses provides hands-on competences and skills for staff who work in the WASH sector in order to achieve universal goal of availing sustainable water and sanitation for all.
13. Financial Management
Are you interested in acquiring basic or advanced world class knowledge and competences that will help you make informed decisions about financial planning, investing and other fiscal management concerns? ICRD courses will improve your treasury, budgeting or personal financial management skills. Our team will help your organization migrate to International Public Sector Accounting Standards or International Financial Reporting Standards compliance amongst other support
14. Climate change and environment
Climate change has profound implications for all countries but more negative impacts are felt in developing countries than developed nations. ICRD has various professional courses for working professionals interested in improving their skills in climate change and environment. These courses focus on presenting, demonstrating and critically reflecting on the latest knowledge in the area of environment, climate change adaptation science, practice and policies. Those delegates that will be trained climate courses will be advised on how to apply to The Certified Climate Change Professional
15. Sustainable development
ICRD is leading in building the capacity of multidisciplinary professionals to acquire skills and knowledge in developing and solving problems when implementing sustainability programs, sustainable policy programs, ecology, conservation, energy efficiency technologies in sustainable buildings, renewable energy and biodiversity.
If you are a professional working in sustainable development where there are complex challenges that demand integrated, cross-disciplinary approaches that require advanced skills then, take one of our courses.
16. disaster risk reduction
Are you disaster resilience and sustainable development professional interested in expanding your understanding of disaster risk, strengthening disaster risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction and enhancing disaster response to ‘Build Back Better for communities you are working with? ICRD has various professional courses that will improve your understanding of the challenging dynamics of designing policies, mobilizing resources and leveraging technology as DRR professional.
17. leadership and management
ICRD provides professional courses that will expand your leadership, management and organizational development skills. Some courses will help you to develop strategies, maximize team productivity, drive breakthrough innovation, gain a competitive edge for your company, build processes, and use best management and leadership practices. Other courses will help you learn how to identify motivators and how to bridge departmental silos to implement change.