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Adapting Incident Command Systems to Humanitarian Response

Type of event: Online event (Webinar)
Sector: Coordination and Support
Country: n/a
Date: 12 February 2015
Time: 10am uk time
Free Event: Yes

Interest is emerging among humanitarians in Incident Command Systems (ICS), approaches used by civil defence organisations in many countries, but relatively unknown in the humanitarian world. This webinar considers the possibilities of applying elements of ICS in humanitarian response, including questions such as: How can ICS be adapted by humanitarians? Has anyone tried? What challenges/solutions did they come across? What would they do differently? Are there signs this has improved the response?

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This webinar explores the experiences of World Vision and MSF, who have both considered the use of ICS within their own humanitarian responses. Joining us to present are:
- Alexandra Levaditis - Director, Capacity Building and Organisational Development, World Vision
- Jimmy Nadapdap - Global Rapid Response Team, World Vision
- Sean Healy - Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Medecins Sans Frontieres

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars presented by ALNAP exploring the potential relevance of Incident Command/Unified Command Systems for humanitarian response contexts. This webinar series emerged as part of ALNAP’s ongoing research on humanitarian leadership (, which suggests that humanitarian organisations should focus on improving their organisational structures and procedures to allow individual leaders, and leadership teams, to carry out their functions effectively.

The first webinar in the series (available at was an introduction to the topic of ICS led by two leading experts on ICS/IMS, Arnold Howitt of Harvard University and Joseph Pfeifer, Head of the FDNY’s Center for Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness. The third webinar will introduce Unified Command Systems (UCS) and is scheduled for 1 April 2015. The fourth webinar will explore the potential relevance of UCS given existing humanitarian architecture, and is currently planned for mid-June.

A recording will be available after the event for those unable to join us live.

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