2. Basic Guide


1. Gender in Emergencies

Gender in Emergencies Wiki Page

Empowering women and girls affected by crisis

The Empowering women and girls affected by crisis report explains the importance of gender in emergencies, CARE’s approach, and a check into CARE’s progress towards achieving gender equality in humanitarian programming.

1. Assessment

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP-International)


ACAPS learning platform (Needs assessments etc.)

IASC Coordinated assessments guidelines

“SPHERE for assessment” handbook

2. Strategy

Darcy, James & Hoffman, Charles-Antoine 2003. Humanitarian needs assessment and decision-making. HPG briefing no.13. London. Overseas Development Institute

IOM 2002. Emergency operations manual. International Organization for Migration

Jaspars, S & Shoham, J 1999. Targeting the vulnerable: A review of the necessity and feasibility of targeting vulnerable households. Disasters 23(4): 359-372.

Sharp, K 2001. An overview of targeting approaches for food-assisted programming. Atlanta. CARE USA.

Taylor, A & Seaman, J 2004. Targeting food aid in emergencies. Save the Children UK, Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), No. 1, July

UNHCR 1999. Protecting refugees: A field guide for NGOs. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNHCR 2007. Handbook for emergencies. 3rd ed. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNICEF 2005. Emergency field handbook: A guide for UNICEF staff.

WFP 2002. Emergency field operations pocketbook. World Food Programme.

4. Fund Mobilisation

CARE donor guidelines and regulations

5. Proposal Design

CARE website for donor guidelines

6. Donor Contract Management

CARE Regulations and Compliance

9. Safety and Security

CARE International Global Safety and Security Hub


PSEA taskforce

On this site you can explore the subject of protection from sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel of the UN, NGOs and other international organisations. The site includes guidance to help you to perform your duties related PSEA as staff member, PSEA focal point or senior manager. It offers relevant tools and resdources, and it has a helpdesk link.

CHS-Alliance PSEA resources

All CHS Alliance members are required to report on the implementation and monitoring of their code of conduct and their other work on PSEA. The site offers advice and guidance on PSEA as well as capacity building and learning opportunies

IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (AAP/PSEA)

The IASC TT on AAP and PSEA has collected a wide range of resources including translations of the PSEA principles in over 50 languages.

Building Safer Organisations 2007, Handbook ; Training materials on receiving and investigating allegations of abuse and exploitation by humanitarian workers. ICVA

2. Information management

The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Team Project, ECB4, brought together seven NGOs, including CARE, to look at how to improve information management for NGOs. The ECB final reports are located at:

2. Procurement

CARE USA database of donor guidelines and regulations

3. Finance

Tsunami Emergency Response - Good Practices Review - Sections:

About CI Members and Funding, About Programme Guidelines and Support for Field Staff, Procurement Best Practices, Staff Recommendations for Improving Emergency Finance Capabilities, A Selection of Actions Taken Considered ‘Good Human Resources Practices'

Tsunami Emergency Response - Good Practices Review - Sections:

4. Administration

CARE Administrative Start-Up Manual (ASUM):

Chapter 4: Telecommunications Chapter

5: Vehicle management Chapter

7: Procurement Chapter

8: Housing Chapter

9: CARE compound management Chapter

10: Office establishment

The Tough Stuff Managing Menstruation

7. Human Resources

How Surge Works - Note #1 - Dec 5 2018

How to Hire your Emergency Surge Staff - note #2 - Dec 5 2018

How to Staff up Faster - note #3 - Jan 30 2019

CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) Alliance

The Tough Stuff Managing Menstruation

3. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

WHO—Publications on water, sanitation and health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Safe Water System

Global WASH Cluster

1. Cash and Voucher Assistance

3. Conflict Sensitivity

Do No Harm resources

Do No Harm was one of the ‘first generation' tools for conflict sensitivity. It is very widely used, and generally is quite easy to grasp. There are other short documents on the CDA website that also explain the tool.

The Sphere Standards

The Sphere community sets standards for humanitarian action and promotes quality and accountability.

Anderson, Mary. Do no harm: How aid can support peace-or war (1999)

Bloomfield, David, Fischer, Martina & Schmelzle, Beatrix (eds) 2005

Dialogue series no. 4: New trends in peace and conflict impact assessment (PCIA). Berghof Research Centre for Constructive Conflict Management.

Emergency Capacity Building Project (2007).

The Good Enough Guide to Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies. Oxford: Oxfam Publishing.

Fisher, Simon, Ibrahim Abdi, Dekha, Ludin, Jawed, Smith, Richard, Williams, Sue & Williams, Steve 2000.

Working with conflict: Skills and strategies for action. London. Zed Books.

Kornfield, Ruth 2005.

The Impact of Food Aid on Community Power Relations and Social Networks: A Case Study on a Hillside in Burundi. CARE Burundi.

4. Participation

IASC resources for gender mainstreaming in emergencies


The listening project

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

5. Protection

International Committee of the Red Cross

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-The UN Refugee Agency

6. DRR

Preventionweb contains a search engine for DRR tools (which can be selected according to the type of hazard, the level of analyses, the type of materials requested, the users, etc.):

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

7. Environment and Disasters


Mainstreaming the environment into humanitarian action - Resource Centre

Green Recovery & Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT)

A training toolkit with reference materials for humanitarian aid.

Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR)

The goal of DWR is to provide timely solid waste management and environmental protection support to communities affected by emergencies. Working with key stakeholders, this support varies from advice and training to actual implementation of projects.

World Conservation Union (IUCN)

IUCN is not a disaster relief or humanitarian assistance organisation, but can play an important role in addressing environmental impacts. In particular, IUCN can support efforts to rehabilitate affected areas.

8. Policy Framework

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP-International)

9. EPP

EPP training courses-CARE Academy. Course 1-Introduction to CARE Emergency Preparedness Planning

Course 2-Creating CARE Emergency Preparedness Plans

10. Humanitarian Space

11. Civil Military Relations

12. Humanitarian Coordination

Many resources on humanitarian reform and coordination, including clusters, can be found at:


13. HIV

HIV in Humanitarian Situations

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Guidelines for HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings (2004).

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings: Trainer's guide.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The need for HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Workshop: HIV/AIDS interventions in emergency settings and the IASC guidelines. PowerPoint presentation.

Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium. Minimum initial service package (MISP) for reproductive health (RH) in crisis situations.

World Food Programme 2004. HIV/AIDS & emergencies: Compounding crises.

A Short Course for Humanitarian Workers

For Guidelines on Care of STIs in Conflict Settings, go to...

Women, Children and HIV: Resources for Treatment and Prevention,

Resources on Nutrition and HIV: