Ten years of the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics
The Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) programme was launched 10 years ago, in September 2006, and has gone on to benefit hundreds of logisticians working in humanitarian disaster management. With students in over 150 countries across six continents, the CHL has played a big part in improving the skills and knowledge of those working to deliver aid and strategic management to areas hit by natural disasters and war-torn countries.
At LLA, we would like to thank all of those who have supported the programme since it's inception, including those who have studied the CHL, humanitarian organisations and NGO's who have sponsored students on the programmes and USAID who have provided scholarships to those unable to afford the course fees.
LLA's coaching team
Since the CHL programme was launched online in 2006, many LLA tutors have taken students through the distance learning programme. Our team of dedicated tutors are always on hand to give practical advice, answer questions and provide feedback on task submissions.
Managing Director, Peter Jones, has coached students through the programme since the CHL’s inception ten years ago and helped launch the pilot programme in February 2006. Peter was later assisted by Adrian Leigh, who began coaching the CHL programme in 2009, and Haydn Sandvig who started coaching CHL students in 2014. Peter, Adrian and Haydn form our in-house coaching team and are ably assisted by our French speaking tutors Patrice De La Sayette and Florence Molyneaux who are based in Dubai.
We have also been pleased to welcome two former LLA students into our coaching team –Kenneth Okoko Atieno, who has started tutoring CHL students having also tutored students of the MedLog programme, and Rolda Jeremie Dalusma who completed the CHL programme in January 2016 and is now coaching CHL students. Both are fantastic additions to our team and provide real-life humanitarian experience which they can share with their students.
We have enjoyed coaching students through their CHL programme with LLA over the last 10 years and look forward to coaching many more in the next 10.
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“The Fritz Institute is quite proud to have initiated this most successful training program in conjunction with Oxfam, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, Save the Children, IRC, MSF, IFRC, and ICRC. We appreciate the trust and funding provided by USAID, DIFID, and ECHO, and to be the winner of the European Supply Excellence award in 2011. Our partnership with the Logistics Learning Alliance and CILT made all this come to operational excellence. Delighted that we continue with additional updates to keep the program relevant to the times and ensure it continues to meet the needs of the humanitarian sector.” - Lynn Fritz, Founder of Fritz Institute.
For the last 10 years, we have worked closely with Fritz Institute, the interagency Certification Advisory Group and CILT to deliver the humanitarian logistics certification programme. We have actively promoted the qualifications to a wide audience within the current humanitarian logistics community and to those whose aim is to break into this most challenging of sectors. It has been a great privilege to work with so many dedicated and committed people, many of whom are often working in circumstances that can only be described as unbelievable – for example, when all power has been lost in their accommodation or they have had to stop work because of military action in the vicinity.
Our students have come from every size and type of humanitarian organisation and situation. From providing ongoing support to the refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East, to the emergency situations that have arisen from natural disasters such as in Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines, they have been at hand to establish the logistics required to support the emergency relief programmes needed to get these areas back to a semblance of normality. The certification programmes were established to give a common understanding of logistics across the aid agencies, the ability to address common issues with standardised logistics and supply chain vocabulary and processes. Have they successfully achieved this? Without doubt.
The testimonies we receive daily from the people we work with tell us that they have found the programme invaluable in enabling them to do the job better by improving their proficiency and, crucially, bringing essential relief to the beneficiaries much more quickly. Much of the work they do is short term, but it is a fluid situation where a student working for one agency will come back to work for another. Without exception, the certification students tell us how the programme has qualified them not only to get a contract, but also to fit in and become a productive member of the team from the outset because of what they have learnt and the practical way in which that learning is delivered. - Peter Jones, Managing Director of Logistics Learning Alliance.