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Staff training and development 


We have over twenty years’ experience training humanitarian and disaster management staff across the world. Our training and development work is driven by a commitment to support the people at the frontline. We believe the best way to help beneficiaries is through skilled and committed people on the ground, accountable for upholding core standards. 


As a bilingual (English and Arabic) organisation with an insider’s perspective, we provide training that is relevant, engaging and sensitive to local context. Our trainers speak from first-hand experience and understand the reality of work in difficult and dangerous settings.


Moustafa Osman is a master trainer for SPHERE (humanitarian charter and minimum standards in humanitarian response), Education in Emergencies (EiE) and Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) in English and Arabic as well as visiting Lecturer of Disaster Management at the University of Birmingham. 


Osman Consulting offers both bespoke training and courses designed to industry standard. We have provided over 200 training events for about five thousand people across the world. 


Get in touch to request our training catalogue or discuss your specific needs. 


Examples of staff training and development 


  • Tripoli, Libya 2019: Sphere for practitioners training in partnership with STACO, a development NGO based in Libya. 

  • Tripoli, Libya 2019: Core humanitarian standards two-day workshop with World Food Programme and STACO.

  • Istanbul, Turkey 2018: Introduction to Sphere with International Medical Corps and International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IMC-IHH).

  • Gaziantep, Turkey 2018: Core humanitarian standards training with Orange in Syria.

  • Gaziantep, Turkey 2018: Proposal writing training with Syria Women Network. 

  • Maiduguri, Nigeria 2017: Sphere for practitioners training for over 70 staff from INGOs including Christian Aid, ACTED, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). 

  • Birmingham, UK 2017: Disaster management and humanitarian protection training series including modules on environmental impact and M&E, in collaboration with Islamic Relief Academy (Humanitarian Academy for Development). 


Organisational Capacity Building


We also have a range of services aimed at helping humanitarian organisations and NGOs of all sizes enhance their organisational capacity. We contextualise western management approaches into an Arabic/Islamic context to help organisations improve compliance with core standards or develop operational manuals, to strengthen internal financial and accountability systems, or to support dispersed organisations to improve management across their field offices.     


Examples of our organisational capacity building


  • Libya 2019: Working with the Civil Society Commission to strengthen grassroots NGOs across the country.

  • Qatar Charity, 2018: Developing internal policies in line with international standards, including on gender equality, child protection, safeguarding, civil-military cooperation and anti-money laundering. 

  •  Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, 2013 : Advice on organisational restructuring. 


Humanitarian translation services 


We are experts in English to Arabic and Arabic to English translation for the humanitarian and international development sector, including Arab dialects and technical terminology.

With specialised knowledge in Agriculture, Gender, Governance, Health, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, Livelihoods, M&E, Stabilisation and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) we provide translations that are contextualised, comprehensible and culturally sensitive. Our clients include UN agencies, INGOs and donors worldwide.

Examples of humanitarian translation

  • 2016 and 2017: Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict practitioner’s manual for Conflict Dynamics International. 

  • 2015 and 2016: Translation and technical review of Building a Better Response (BBR) training materials and e-learning materials.


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