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Logistics is at the heart of all emergency operations.

Logistics is a highly in-demand skill during a humanitarian crisis and this RedR training course will teach you what it takes to build a logistics career in the humanitarian sector. 

Humanitarian logistics encompasses moving goods and equipment, relocating disaster-affected people, transferring casualties and moving of aid, relief workers and volunteers. Around two-thirds of funding in each emergency is spent on logistics, highlighting the need for effective and efficient systems.

This highly practical course provides an overview of logistics in humanitarian emergency operations. The course equips and refreshes individuals with the background and knowledge to apply logistics skills through a combination of on-site visits, exercises and scenarios.

Who is this Course for?

This course is an introduction to humanitarian logistics and suits a wide audience.

Experienced logisticians will benefit from this training and the broader application of logistics to a humanitarian setting such as natural disasters, conflict and refugee situations, building a knowledge bridge for deployment to humanitarian operations.

It is also ideal for anyone involved or interested in building their humanitarian career and wants to work or volunteer in the humanitarian sector - this course will give you the foundations to start a career in logistics.

The course is in English and you need to have a reasonable proficiency of the English language.


The course focuses on the importance of logistics in the provision of aid to disaster survivors as well as its role in carrying out other disaster management operational activities. It examines the design of logistics systems and the importance of coordination in carrying out logistics operations efficiently and effectively.

Course Objectives
  • Examine the humanitarian logistics system and the activities involved in a logistics operation
  • Understand logistics processes
  • Assess the sharing of information, tools and resources of an effective networking / collaboration between humanitarian agencies
Course Outline
  • Essential Calculations
  • Principles of Logistics
  • Communication Protocols
  • Logistics Capacity Assessment
  • Cooperation
  • Cross Cutting Issues
  • Emerging Trends/Cash
  • Clusters and Information Management
  • Storage, Warehousing and Stock Control
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Staff Management
  • Logistics Operations
  • Transport
  • Fleet Management
  • Air Ops and Maritime
  • Introduction to Medical and Cold Chain
  • Airport Logistics
  • Introduction to Customs and Importation
  • Distribution


Our highly experienced trainers deliver a unique and high quality training experience.

Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.

Special Offer

All food, accommodation and training materials for five days and four nights. Travel not included.

Course fees are in Australian dollars and can be paid in full via credit card through our secure payment facility. Organisations are able to request to receive an invoice. 

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees. Payment of full course fees is required prior to attendance.

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RedR Australia is a leading international humanitarian response agency that selects, trains and deploys technical specialists.

RedR Australia provides skilled people and training to help communities plan, prepare, rebuild and recover before, during and after crises and conflict. RedR Australia maintains a roster of nearly 1000 technical specialists across a range of skill profiles including disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, recovery and stabilisation activities in times of need.
RedR Australia is a Standby Partner to 15 United Nations agencies or entities, as well as other front line relief agencies and local governments. During a humanitarian crisis, a global network of Standby Partner organisations provides additional support to UN response efforts. RedR Australia is the only Standby Partner to the UN in the southern hemisphere. RedR Australia is the implementing partner of the Australia Assists program, an integrated civilian capability co-designed by RedR Australia and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which further enables RedR Australia to mobilise at every stage of the disaster cycle. ...
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