On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) Training

The On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) is intended as a rapid response tool that works in close cooperation with the affected country’s Local Emergency Management Authority (LEMA). In a disaster, the OSOCC may resemble Incident Command Centres commonly used at a national level. However, instead of taking on a command role, the role of the OSOCC is to work in close liaison with LEMA and is intended to facilitate cooperation with, and coordination of, international humanitarian assistance. It is also intended to serve as a platform for information exchange between the LEMA and various relief providers in a disaster receiving international assistance.

Civilience was contracted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) to assist in the delivery of training to members of response organisations and government departments in the skills and techniques used within the OSOCC. Shown here are details of an OSOCC Training Course run in Qatar in the Spring of 2013. To view pictures of the OSOCC Training course and SIMEX in Qatar follow the link here »

OSOCC Training Course

OSOCC Training Course

The OSOCC concept was originally developed by INSARAG and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), to assist affected countries in coordinating international search and rescue efforts following an earthquake. However, the emergency management principles of the OSOCC concept make it a valuable tool in any sudden-onset disaster involving international relief resources. It has been utilized by several international organizations and partnerships when responding to emergencies and is routinely incorporated into simulated international disaster response training exercises. UN-OCHA, as custodian of the concept, coordinates and regularly provides training for staff assigned to support an OSOCC. This specific training course supported by Civilience was organised jointly by UN-OCHA and the International Development Department of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

One of the three major functions of the OSOCC is to provide a platform for cooperation, coordination and information management amongst the international humanitarian agencies. As Civilience specialises in disaster and crisis information management, including the collection, analysis, storage, visualisation and dissemination of information, we delivered this type of training as part of the OSOCC Training Course. Participants attended this course, which was delivered in Arabic and English, from countries across the Middle East region including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Eqypt and the Lebanon. To view pictures of the OSOCC Training course and SIMEX in Qatar follow the link here »


OSOCC Simulation Exercise

Simulation Exercise (SIMEX)

As an integral part of the OSOCC training course, the participants are split into small teams and have to set-up, manage and run an OSOCC during the early stages of a simulated disaster. The exercise, termed a SIMEX, tests learning and understanding of the OSOCC concept as well as participants information management skills and techniques. During the SIMEX, particpants role play an OSOCC team and are provided with a scenario, facilities and exercise injects, so that they can practice the skills and techniques involved in OSOCC management. Civilience developed a scenario, role player scripts, injects and information for briefing the participants, and managed the exercise in conjunction with UN-OCHA trainers.

To view pictures of the OSOCC Training course and SIMEX in Qatar follow the link here »