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The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS)

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This training will be conducted on four separate occasions, from 10:00 - 14:15 TRT (GMT +3). Participants should choose one of the following sessions when registering:

  • Registration for the first session planned for October 31 - November 2 is now closed as maximum capacity for this training has been reached.
  • 20 - 22 February, 2022
  • 19 - 21 June, 2022
  • 18 - 20 September, 2022

The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) are the internationally recognized consensus on best practices for building economic resilience for crisis-affected communities. SEEP developed and refined MERS over a ten-year process with input from hundreds of organizations and practitioners. Launched in 2017 with funding from USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, SEEP’s Mainstreaming MERS initiative is designed to increase awareness, sustained learning, and wide scale uptake of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards by organizations working in disaster response and economic recovery.

This training will be conducted online via Zoom, and a link will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the training begins at the latest (19 February, 2022).

About the Trainers

Saad Barood

Saad is a specialist of MERS with a long experience as a focal point and a trainer. Over the course of his career, he has developed tailored training kits and delivered training workshops on many topics in entrepreneurship and MERS, for diverse organizations such as Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce, Watan, Bousla, COSV, Kudra, Women Now among others. He is a certified trainer in MERS, Entrepreneurship for LIFE Incubator (ToT), Remote management, and Design Thinking. Saad has also participated in the review of the Arabic version of the MERS training manual.

Saad also has experience delivering training workshops remotely. Saad holds a Master of Science in Aerospace and Aircraft engineering, and is studying a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Youssef Almustafa

Youssef Almustafa possesses over a decade of management experience in monitoring & evaluation, data collection in Arabic and English, and capacity training for humanitarian organizations in the MENA region. He has dedicated his career to ensuring that relief agencies receive the best possible information to allow for maximum positive impact. He has excellent communication, data analysis, reporting, and leadership skills gained through years of international work. As an experienced consultant and researcher, Youssef has undertaken over 30 needs assessments and M&E consultancies across a range of humanitarian sectors, including education, livelihood, food security, shelter, gender, protection, vocational training, refugees' integration, WASH, health, and others. He is a certified trainer of MERS (certificate obtained by the SHEEP network in May 2018).

During this training, you will learn:
  • How to communicate what the MERS are and how they could be used effectively to your peers;
  • How to articulate the value of the MERS to your work and crisis-affected populations;
  • How to recognize the relevance of the MERS for all types of market-based programming for relief, recovery, long-term development, and resilience building across any sector;
  • How to identify and use the most appropriate MERS in planning, implementing, and evaluating intervention activities.

As a result of attending this training workshop, the participants are expected to integrate MERS into their projects in order to:

  • Increase the level of success of their projects using DAC evaluation criteria, especially effectiveness, impact, and sustainability;
  • Increase the level of localization of aid;
  • Increase the level of participation of community affected populations and beneficiaries in their interventions (all intervention life cycle).
Target Audience

This training is aimed at participants who:

  • Are currently working for a humanitarian or development organization;
  • Have experience in humanitarian/development NGOs for at least 2 years;
  • Speak Arabic fluently, as the training will be conducted in Arabic (with only certain concepts taught in English).

More specifically, this training is best suited for:

  • Participants from local NGOs in any of the Arab region countries;
  • Staff working in the programs department of their respective organizations;
  • Senior staff.

This training aims for the following:

  • Gender equality in terms of those participating in the training, (50% of participants will be men and 50% will be women);
  • Participants will be from different organizations;
  • Participants will be from different countries;
  • Participants will have experience in different sectors;
  • Participants with disabilities are most welcome.

Cómo registrarse

You can register online here (form in English) or here (form in Arabic). This training is free of charge. However, all participants are expected to attend all sessions (three 75-minute sessions per day, for three days). Participants are also expected to keep their cameras "on" throughout the duration of the training. Please register one day before the chosen training begins at the latest.