Effective procurement and logistics are essential components of relief and development efforts. In order to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most, humanitarian organizations must have a strong understanding of procurement and logistics best practices. That's where Mercy Corps and DisasterReady come in.

Mercy Corps and DisasterReady have collaborated to create a 5-hour online certificate program, designed for professionals with up to one-year experience in procurement, warehousing, fleet management, or asset management, and/or in the humanitarian sector. The program consists of online courses, interactive scenarios, and a test, and upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate issued by Mercy Corps and DisasterReady, as well as a digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.

So what will you learn in this program? The courses cover the four key areas of procurement, warehousing, fleet management, and asset management. In the procurement course, participants will learn about the principles of good procurement practice, the various stages in the procurement process, and how to develop a procurement plan. They will also gain an understanding of roles, responsibilities, and segregation of duties requirements.

The warehousing course focuses on developing planning for warehouse, storage, and space, as well as designing and implementing a basic stock control system. Participants will also learn about warehouse management and how to manage inventory and the disposal of stocks effectively.

The fleet management course covers procurement options for vehicles, improving fleet management within an organization, and the necessary equipment and documentation for effective fleet management. Additionally, basic travel safety guidelines and managing accidents or damage to fleets will also be covered.

Lastly, the asset management course delves into the principles of asset management, the development and use of an Asset Register, and managing the issue and return of assets. Participants will also learn about the physical asset verification process and how to manage the disposal of assets according to donor and organizational guidelines.

But why is this program important? Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), this program offers a comprehensive understanding of best practices in procurement and logistics. By completing this program, professionals in the humanitarian sector will be better equipped to handle the challenges of procurement and logistics in relief and development efforts.

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of humanitarian aid, it is crucial to have a solid foundation in procurement and logistics. Mercy Corps and DisasterReady's certificate program provides just that, allowing individuals to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in their organizations and the communities they serve.

So if you are looking to advance your career in the humanitarian sector or simply want to enhance your knowledge and skills in procurement and logistics, then this program is for you. Take the first step towards becoming a procurement and logistics expert and enroll in the Mercy Corps and DisasterReady Certificate Program today.