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September, 2023
Call for applications: RCCE Outbreak Readiness Training in Iraq and Lebanon

Do you or your organization want to strengthen your “readiness” to control major outbreaks with more effective communication, behavior change and community engagement in complex settings?

With support from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, the READY initiative is offering a Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Outbreak Readiness Training on October 29 to November 2, 2023, in Erbil, Iraq and from November 13 to 17 in Beirut, Lebanon. There is no fee to attend this training and a certificate is provided upon completion.

What: The goal of the training is to strengthen RCCE leadership and readiness to plan and deliver participatory community engagement with behavior change and data-driven communication during infectious disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings. It includes interactive exercises linked to an evolving outbreak scenario in a humanitarian setting where participants can apply learnings and reflect on operational readiness. Thematic content will include social and behavior change in outbreaks; data collection and analysis; community-led community engagement; messaging and managing uncertainty and rumors; readiness actions that include planning for RCCE before an outbreak begins, and more.

Who: This training is designed for large, national-level NGOs or small, international NGOs that are operating in Iraq and Lebanon; organizations working in nearby countries will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Government and UN representatives are also encouraged to apply. Nominations of specific individuals or organizations whom you believe are right for this training are welcome.

Funding: The training is free of charge. READY will support breakfast, tea breaks and lunch for all five days of training. READY has limited funding available to support travel costs for local/national organizations and lodging for anyone traveling from outside of Erbil or Beirut who needs it. Funding will be considered on an as-needed basis based on requests.

Application Deadline: Apply for either training by September 15th, 2023

For more information on the content of the training visit READY website

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