Pre-planning Strategy for Health and Humanitarian Organizations
Relief requirements for public health and humanitarian events are in general both unknown in size and type and are affected by dynamic and hard to measure factors such as geographic location, local economy, infrastructure, and social and political conditions. Preparing for long-term development and response to emergent events often involves uncertainty in timing, scope or scale. Pre-planning for these situations requires an understanding of forecasting, distribution network design and strategies for managing the uncertainty. This course will examine methods and models for making pre-planning decisions and explore the significant value that is obtained through informed decision-making in advance of an unpredictable event.
Tactical and strategic members of non-governmental organizations and private corporations involved in the humanitarian relief efforts, U.S. federal government employees, U.S. state or local government employees, humanitarian foundation members, program managers, directors of field operations, disaster relief managers, director of logistics and inventory, and logistics officers
How You Will Benefit
Develop and apply analytical models to aid in distribution and routing decisions under uncertain conditions.
Identify and apply the appropriate forecasting technique considering characteristics such as seasonality and trends.
Provide immediate impact to their organization through learnings gained from applied and real-world case studies.
Learn to bring NGOs, businesses or government entities together to enhance collaboration, cooperation and communication.
Discover current trends and procedures to help their organizations and team members get ahead and stay ahead of the curve.
Build a critical knowledge base to make tactical decisions around inventory, routing and distribution.
Deliver best-practices to measure and evaluate outcomes of humanitarian relief efforts.
Ultimately transform the humanitarian sector with increased capacity to participate in planning and strategic decision-making for effective supply chain management.
Overview of humanitarian logistics
Distribution and network design
Readings, case studies, spreadsheet files and lecture slides
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