Country dropdown

Disaster Risk Management Course


Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is the application of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and strategies, to prevent new disaster risks, reduce existing disaster risks, and manage residual risks, contributing to the strengthening of resilience and reduction of losses. Disaster risk management actions can be categorized into; prospective disaster risk management, corrective disaster risk management and compensatory disaster risk management (also referred to as residual risk management). Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction. The main custodian of DRR is the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


5 Days


This programme is aimed at training:

The course targets all individuals from Local communities, local governments,  national governments, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the private sector as these skills are essential for every person because disasters can affect anybody globally.


Module 1: Understanding Disaster Risk Reduction, concepts and practices

  • Definition of common DRR terminologies: Hazard, disaster, vulnerability, disaster risk, resilience, capacity, early warning, disaster preparedness, contingency planning, disaster mitigation and preparedness. (Key terminologies to be translated to local language)
  • Classification of hazards/disasters: natural, human-induced, geological, hydrological, biological, conflict, etc.
  • The disaster Risk Management cycle
  • The paradigm shift
  • Profile of risks in the community-hazards/disasters in the world (Participatory exercise)

Module 2: DRM Architecture - Legislation, policies and institutional mechanisms

  • Introduction to policy formulation process
  • Overview and status of DRM Legislation and policies
  • Institutional arrangements and coordination structures at national and Global level
  • Introduction to coordination of DRM
  • Stakeholder mapping and roles/responsibility
  • Communication and information sharing
  • Global and regional strategies and policies on DRM
  • Broad DRM policies and legislation mechanisms
  • Institutional structures and coordination for DRM at national and county- including emerging institutions e.g. NDMU
  • Regional and global efforts and strategies in DRM –Include post Hyogo DRR outcomes, the Sendai Framework
  • Group exercise on conceptualisation of DRR Policies
  • Challenges of coordinating DRM.

MODULE 3: Introduction to disaster and needs assessment

  • Introduction to damage, losses and needs assessment;
  • How assessment and needs varies with time
  • Humanitarian principles and indicators and standards for technical sectors- Keep this simple and practical
  • Damage and needs assessment methodology
  • Linking damage assessment to recovery and reconstruction needs programming

MODULE 4: Community preparedness and contingency planning

  • Community mobilization for DRR and sustainable development
  • Introduction to community preparedness and contingency planning process
  • Risk and hazard analysis
  • Hazard, Capacity, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments
  • Identifying, defining and prioritizing contingencies;
  • Scenario building
  • Preparing a contingency plan for each selected scenario;
  • Maintaining and updating the contingency plan.
  • Contingency planning, Mitigation and early warning systems
  • Group exercise on contingency planning

Module 5: Introduction to climate change, Livelihood analysis and mapping

  • Introduction to Climate, climate change and natural disasters
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Introduction to food security
  • The concept of food (in)security
  • The relationship between food security, gender and disaster  management
  • Livelihood mapping- Include UNDP tool and FAO tool in training manual
  • Sustainable livelihood and livelihood diversification concept
  • Building resilience

Module 6: Mainstreaming DRR and cross-cutting issues into County and national Development planning process

  • Overview of national and global development plans- Vision 2030, CIDP ( Resources for group exercise)
  • Development and disaster nexus-Is development at risk?
  • Introduction to DRR mainstreaming approaches- explore UNISDR tools and include in workbook- prevention web
  • Gender and DRR- Introduction to gender and gender mainstreaming
  • Gender equity, empowerment, equality and analysis
  • Other cross-cutting issues e.g. HIV/AIDs, Elderly persons, NRM, Migration, Peace issues, marginalised populations



The instructor-led training are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254715077817, +254(020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 11th November 2019.

Send proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 25-11-2019
Event End Date 29-11-2019
Cut off date 11-11-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 69,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 790
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 920
Location Nairobi, Kenya
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
Share this event: