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Humanitarian Essential Logistics Module (HELM)

The Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) is designed for those new to the humanitarian sector or those wanting to refresh their humanitarian logistics and supply chain knowledge.

Principally designed to be delivered through Events for 7-14 people or via Distance Learning, the modules can easily be adapted or mixed to meet the specific learning needs and requirements of all humanitarian organisations. A full outline of the modules available is listed below. This course is awarded exclusively by LLA and endorsed by the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA).

HELM Events

We are now accepting registrations for all of these events, and students can register their interest by completing our form below.

Discounts may be available if a number of students from your organisation were able to attend. For group bookings, we do request a minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 14 students. 

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"The Humanitarian Essential Logistics Module is an elementary course that introduces persons to the basics within supply chain management. It was indeed a great pleasure to attend a recent HELM workshop in Nairobi.

The classes are not only engaging, but are an eye opener in many aspects. The beauty of the class combination is that the students are from diverse professional backgrounds, and therefore contribute greatly to the learning process with real life experiences. This makes learning quite interactive and interesting.

I would greatly recommend this course for anyone who would like to understand the basic fundamentals within supply chain management, whether in the humanitarian world or otherwise. It is delivered in easy to understand interactive and practical class sessions.

It was a pleasure sitting in this class facilitated by Haydn Sandvig, who exudes such passion for the subject, and seeks to impact the same to the students he interacts with."

Joyce Muriuki, HELM graduate and currently studying Certification in Humanitarian Logistics.

HELM Distance Learning

The HELM programme can also be studied through supported online learning, meaning students can study anywhere in the world, at their own speed. For distance learning students, your allocated coach will be available throughout the programme and they will help and guide you to completion of the course.

Students who study HELM may want to consider using their training as a stepping stone towards a formal humanitarian qualification, such as the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL).

HELM Event Modules

  • Humanitarian Supply Chains
    • In this unit you will develop an understanding of the situations and places in the world where humanitarian aid is required, the objectives and activities of humanitarian organisations and other participants, the role of logistics and supply chain management in humanitarian aid, preparing humanitarian supply chains, improving humanitarian supply chains and supporting beneficiary service programs.

  • Warehousing & Inventory
    • In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the function of warehousing and inventory management, setting up a warehouse, managing warehousing operations, the provision and care of warehousing operations and managing inventory.

  • Fleet Management & Transport
    • In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the function of fleet management, fleet management systems and procedures, planning a fleet to meet program needs, processes for selecting suitable vehicles, equipment and facilities, procedures for repair and maintenance and the value of preventative maintenance systems, develop an understanding of international and local movements, the different modes of transport available and their respective characteristics

  • Procurement
    • In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the function of procurement and the procurement process, the sourcing of goods and services, the different stages of the procurement process, progress monitoring and control, monitoring of supplier performance and management of risk.

  • Medical Logistics
    • This unit looks at the different types of medical programs, their main characteristics, and the impact on the design and operation of the supply chain. To plan and operate a medical supply chain requires information, the unit considers the type of information and documentation needed. Finally, the unit also looks at how to maintain the flow within a medical supply chain. It does this by considering the actions that people take that can affect flow and performance of the overall supply chain.

  • Management vs Leadership
    • The aim of this unit is to provide the foundation skills and knowledge for those in Management positions and who need to improve their management and leadership skills. Topic include Managing a Humanitarian Logistics Team, Developing Personal Skills to Become a Leader, Organisational Skills and The Attributes of a Leader.