Strategic Leadership Programme for Senior Officers of National Disaster Organisations

This course will equip senior officer in CDEMA Participating States with the “soft” skills of leadership, strategic programme management and relationship management, through which they can build high-performing teams and increase operational efficiency.

At the national level, Disaster Risk Management actors in leadership positions require both strong technical knowledge and experience, and the skills to lead strategically. While the technical competencies may be common, DRM leaders may struggle to cultivate the latter, softer skillsets.

Course Date


Current Offering: 6 Sept – 30 November 2021

Future dates to be announced.

Mode of Delivery


This intense training course will be delivered by the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus and cover the following modules, through a blend of theory and practical application:

  1. Strategic Management
  2. Leadership
  3. Financial Management
  4. Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) and Results-based Reporting
  5. Proposal Writing
  6. Effective Crisis Communications and Incident Management

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand themselves and their role as a leader.
  2. Improve relationship management capabilities.
  3. Create and sustain a mindset of constantly enhancing the participants’ strategic management and leadership skills.
  4. Use and apply appropriate financial decision-making techniques.
  5. Understand the strategic and critical role that Project Cycle Management (PCM), Results Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).
  6. Employ the most efficient process to plan and organise a proposal.
  7. understand the crisis management process, and their roles as leaders.

Primary Audience

This course is designed for senior officers of National Disaster Organisations (NDOs) including National Disaster Coordinators and Directors of Emergency/Disaster Management, and their deputies. The course is also open to persons with equivalent posts in agencies that make up the wider national emergency management system. Officers on a leadership track, in managerial roles or with portfolios with significant responsibility, may also be considered for participating in this course.


While no specific prior knowledge, training or experience is required, participants should have some experience in a leadership role in Disaster Risk Management (DRM), or some aspect of DRM, in their country.

Type of Certificate/CEU

Certificate of Completion (UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business)

Course Length:

12 weeks (144 hours)

Teaching and Assessment Methodologies

  1. Mini-lectures (online)
  2. Action Learning Logs
  3. Reading material and assignments
  4. Videos
  5. Self-reflection periods
  6. Coaching and Mentoring sessions




This curse is funded through the “Strengthening of the Capacity of CDEMA Participating States and CDEMA CU for implementation of CDM” project, financed by the European Union.

Connect With Us

Resilience Way,Lower Estate
St. Michael, Barbados
Tel. no. (246) 434-4880;
Fax no. (246) 271-3660