the humanitarian preparedness centre

Resilience through Preparation!

Over the course of a decade of experience in emergency humanitarian response, John Kargotich observed that often, the level of training for the preparation of those entering the world of humanitarian activity was sometimes low and detracted from the good outcomes humanitarian effort strived for.

With that observation, it was also clear that the experience and the many lessons learnt from emergency humanitarian response provided an excellent platform for learning and development of critical skills useful to humanitarian activity but also to many other fields of endeavour.

In that context, the Humanitarian Preparedness Centre was established to build the capacity and resilience of both individuals and organisations working in the humanitarian field to meet the demand of the ever challenging response of humanitarian need, thereby underpinning the credo “Resilience through Preparation”

The Humanitarian Preparedness Centre has established a framework with which to address the training and critical thinking needs with the formation of thematic training teams with subject matter experts in diverse areas of personal and organisational development such as, leadership, GIS, security, risk management, foundations of humanitarian activity and emergency response.

Outstanding training that will ensure your team is truly prepared.

meet the team

John Kargotich

John is the training team leader. He has strong empathy for the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) and its goals. John has observed that the results of corrupted practice towards Women and its associated culture can often create an insecure and constraining environment for them.

Importantly, John also believes a broad systemic, transparent and dedicated approach to training for Women can provide the skills and awareness to address their security risk. Appropriate security training underpins a direct contribution to the professional success of Women and the meeting of their goals.

John has been engaged professionally in a number of governmental and emergency humanitarian response contexts in Australia, Darfur, Haiti, Myanmar, Northern Iraq and Lao PDR. There, the work was underpinned by an open dialogue with multiple stakeholders in diverse spheres that embraced industry, civil society and its interest groups, government and, the military to name a few.

His experience of international stakeholder engagement has required tailored communication and strong advocacy at many levels, including a clear reference to agreed policy strategy for Women, its development and the cohesive delivery of outcomes.

John places strong advocacy as central to Women representing themselves. It is essential that advocacy is supported and strengthened with an understanding by Women of their security environment and sensitivities, so to permit a support base for their personal vision, as well as their work in an organisation and the broader community.

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee is a Gender and Protection of Civilians expert. She has a combined research, policy development, teaching, training and field experience in humanitarian affairs (emergency response), human rights advocacy and development with various grass-roots non-government organisations, the Australian government and UN Agencies in Asia, the Pacific and Central America.

Jenny has a combined research, teaching, training and field experience in humanitarian affairs (emergency). She has an LLM in Public International Law specialising in Human Rights Law in Sexual Violence and Gender from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law in Transitional Justice at the United Nations mandated University for Peace under its International Scholarship Program.

She is part of a small team of international experts on investigating sexual and gender based violence as International Crimes as part of the UN Rapid Response Register, and a qualified UN CM-Coord Officer (RedR Australia Register).

Doug Knight

Following a career in the Australian Department of Defence and Australian Army spanning over 35 years in the field of security, training, risk and emergency management he became a security and emergency management consultant.

Doug has managed the development and delivery of specialist training courses addressing safety and security, terrorism and emergency management in maritime, aviation, logistics and humanitarian activities as well as providing assessments, evaluations and contingency plans throughout Australian and South-East Asia.

Most recently Doug worked in Iraq and Fiji with OCHA as an Assessments Coordinator and Security Focal Point and in 2013 in Afghanistan with UNHCR as a Field Safety/Security Adviser where his responsibilities were to provide day to day ‘in field’ support to UNHCR field staff and partner NGO organisations.

Doug also assisted with national, regional and locals security risk assessments and contingency planning and represented UNHCR in the UN Country level Contingency Planning. Doug has previously deployed with UNHCR in South Sudan in a similar role with a greater emphasis on support to refugees and NGO liaison. He has also worked with RedR UK in Haiti (2010) as a Security Trainer and Security Focal

Point and with WHO and UNDP. In 2012 he worked in the UAE delivering advanced combat casualty care and travelled extensively around the region.

Doug has prepared and conducted specialised safety and security training in Japan, UAE, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Vietnam, Indonesia, PNG and he is also a SPHERE and UN Civil-Military Coordination accredited trainer.

Doug Knight has well-established credentials in the field. Following a career in the Australian Department of Defence and Australian Army spanning over 35 years in the field of security, training, risk and emergency management he became a security and emergency management consultant.