Launched in April 2017, the Enabling Access Learning Centre supports the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to offer high quality, contextualised humanitarian training across the Middle East. Meet the Centre’s Director, Abdulrahim Tamari:

  • Can you tell us about yourself and your current occupation?

I have more than 25 years of progressive experience managing a wide range of learning & educational programs and startup projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Since 1990, I have been moving between variety of private and semi-government sectors where I took a lead role in translating their capacity building assets and training needs into strategic learning products. It excites me to see people grow, teams develop and organisations change positively.

I am a devoted father of five, and a blessed husband. I enjoy traveling for the sense of adventure and the friendships.

  • Can you tell us about the Learning Centre in Jordan?

The Learning Centre in Jordan is a partnership agreement between Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organisation (JHCO) and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. The idea started as the need for qualified humanitarian workers in the region – particularly Arabic-speaking staff- has never been more urgent. The Centre will work closely with its strategic partners, including local and international organisations, civil society organisations, universities, and training providers in Jordan and the region to first identify learning needs and gaps to appropriately address Arab humanitarian workers’ needs, and then provide capacity-building & learning programmes in Arabic for both individuals and organisations.

  • Who will you be targeting? What will the Learning Centre offer?

We will be targeting local and international humanitarian organisations, Arabic-speaking humanitarian workers and volunteers across the MENA region, Kaya users and other community-based organisations (CBOs) in the country and beyond.

The Learning Centre will provide opportunities for development of what is pressing and needed to fill those gaps in humanitarian learning, using face-to-face workshops, individual coaching, forums, seminars, vendor provided, e-Learning or a mixture of all (blended learning) as well as increasing the quantity and quality of learning packages available through Kaya, the Academy’s online learning platform.

  • Have you delivered any trainings so far?

One of the Learning Centre’s immediate goals is the development of a pool of Arabic-speaking expert trainers, mentors, and coaches in the humanitarian sector. On 29 November 2017, a four-day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop was conducted. Twenty- one participants coming from various INGOs, NNGOs & CBOs participated in the workshop.

  • What are your aspirations for the Centre in 2018 and beyond?

Continuous professional development in the humanitarian sector in the region plays an integral part in improving the response of humanitarian relief. At the Centre, we are passionate about enabling people and changing their lives for better. For 2018 and beyond, we will be aiming at empowering and supporting the needs of individuals, organisations and communities to grow and shine through transfer of knowledge and achievement of professional development and organisational goals.