WATSAN - Water and sanitation engineering from emergency towards development

Summary

The main objective of this course is to train qualified and motivated engineers and scientists who are active (or intending to become active) in the wash-sector in humanitarian contexts. The participants should be able, at the end of the course, to plan, implement and monitor water and sanitation emergency programs, and design an emergency response in the context of humanitarian operations as well as to better understand the institutional context of humanitarian situations.

The training covers a wide range of technical aspects required to efficiently handle emergency situations with approaches aiming towards development. The training thereby facilitates integration of engineers and scientists in humanitarian operations and makes the participants aware of the close links between public health, water and sanitation in disaster-stricken populations.
 

The training course is subdivided a mixture of theoretical sessions directly followed by practical work in the field. The following topics are covered: fundamentals of water supply, i.e. basics of operational hydrogeology, water resource management, groundwater exploration and exploitation, water quality and treatment, water distribution, sanitation in emergencies and WASH relevant aspects of epidemic management. During the practical course, all the theoretical assets are combined with hands-on exercises in all fields, from assemblage of an emergency water treatment and distribution unit, water and bacteriological analysis, well testing and geophysical exploration in parallel with a week-long simulation exercise which focuses on developing intervention strategies during emergency response within the complex humanitarian institutional landscape.

 

Objectives

  • identify, formulate and analyse issues of water supply, sanitation and public health
  • plan, implement and monitor a water and sanitation emergency programs in the context of a humanitarian operation;
  • better understand the institutional context of a humanitarian situation and design an emergency response.

Target audience

  • The course is designed for engineers and scientists interested in a humanitarian engagement in the domain of water and sanitation.

Admission conditions

University or equivalent degree.
Prior experience in the domains of water supply, wastewater treatment, health and/or sanitation is welcome.

Degree

"Certificate of Participation" issued by the Continuing Education Department, University of Neuchâtel (Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC-Water and Habitat Unit).

Date

 

27th May to 3rd June 2023

 

Registration

Online Registration is open

Fees

2200.-CHF with full board , includes all meals and basic accommodation in camp.
 

Informations

Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)
University of Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94
ellen.milnes@unine.ch

 

Deadline for application

Deadline for Application 15th March 2023

 

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The University of Neuchâtel has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.

Date

27th May to 3rd June 2023

Language

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Place

University of Neuchâtel
Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel


Field location of the training: Robinson (Colombier)

Coordination

Dr. Ellen Milnes
Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)

Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel
+41 (0)32 718 25 94
ellen.milnes@unine.ch
 

Speakers

Centre of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC – Water and Habitat Unit)

Swiss humanitarian aid unit (SDC- HA)

Center for Disease control (CDC)

United Nations High commissioner for refugees (UNHCR)

Other international NGO's according to their availability

(Possible modifications according to the availability of the speakers.)