The specialization course "Water, sanitation and hygiene in humanitarian action" (Emergency Respond WASH Online/ER-WASH-O) aims to provide a specialized, practical and virtual training to humanitarian workers. All content is intensively accompanied by experienced tutors and special attention is given to exchange and discussions on real experiences of the participants through online training platform

The online course is aimed for people interested in specializing in water, sanitation and hygiene in humanitarian action. In the selection process, the previous experience of candidates in the humanitarian field and/or international cooperation or in related sectors will be taken into account.

The course is designed to cover the most frequent implementation processes in the WASH sector during emergency respond and according to the Manual of Minimum Requirements for Water Interventions, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies of the AECID.


The course is structured in 4 modules:

    • Module I: Introduction to Humanitarian Action
    • Module II: Sanitation in Emergencies
    • Module III: Promoting Hygiene in Emergencies
    • Module IV: Water supply in emergency



Participants can follow the lessons independently at their own pace and assess their knowledge through multiple choice test. To ensure that knowledge is put into practice, each module has a case study to be carried out in a group or individually. These tasks have to be finalized in the given timeframe in order to receive the final certification. In each module, the thematic debate is launched to reinforced exchanges and discussion between the participants on actual issues. Additionally, in several modules a webinar in streaming will be programme for all, where tutors and invited specialist try to enrich actual discussions in the sector.

Participants will also have a personalized support from IECAH and FLASH team to guide them in the use of the platform, solve doubts and deepen or expand any concept of the modules.
Participants are expected to dedicate 7 to 8 hours per week to take the most out of the course (2.5h/lesson + case study and participation to thematic debates).


She collaborates since 2008 with FLASH working in trainings and courses, technical assistances and evaluations. She has more than 15 years’ experience in international cooperation, and currently works as an independent consultant providing services for technical assistance, training and evaluation.

Leire has a degree in Social Science with a focus on Political Science, and postgraduate qualifications in Budgets, Poverty and Gender; International Development; and Evaluation, and master's degree in gender equality and equity in development. She has worked in Brazil, as Gender Budget and Governance Regional Program Officer, and in Peru, as Focal Point for UNIFEM (UN Women). She has been international staff in Chile in a local development program and she has worked in departments of projects and international cooperation in different international NGOs.

andreas schiffer

Director of the consultancy and training enterprise FLASH. More than 20 years experience in the sectors of emergency respond, assessment, evaluations, coordination and management of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation programs in relief and humanitarian aid. Worked also as Watsan Coordinator, Logistics coordinator, Logistician, Consultant and in research for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (Spain, Dutch section), Action against Hunger and Intermon Oxfam. As certified vocational trainer (1994 Germany) developed since 2006 the consultancy and training enterprise FLASH where he organizes and implements workshops and courses for technical specialization in the Logistics, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation sector.

Professional experience in development and humanitarian aid in Nicaragua, Western Sahara, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Guatemala, Belize, Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Georgia, Colombia, Palestine, Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Yemen, Guinea Bissau, Zimbabwe.


Elected member of the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission (IHFFC) from 2017. Francisco Rey is Codirector, researcher and consultant at IECAH (Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action) in Madrid (Spain) from 2000. Founder and member of the Board. In charge of activities of research, training courses at different Universities, co-operation with humanitarian NGO´s, consultancy for different institutions: DG ECHO, Spanish Government - AECID, UN agencies, Spanish Red Cross, Doctors without Borders-MSF... 

His previous experience was on the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement where he has developed different responsibilities from 1986 to 2001. Field experience in different conflict and emergency contexts: Mozambique, Colombia, Haití, Nicaragua, El Salvador, India, Philippines… 

In the last years he has focused some of his research and consultancy in Colombia through the cooperation with OCHA and NOREF on issues related to the humanitarian aspects in the peace process. Member of ALNAP (Active Learning Network on Accountability and Performance of Humanitarian action). Member of the Center of Studies of International Humanitarian Law of Spanish Red Cross (CEDDIH). 

Member of the Board of the Humanitarian Studies Institute (IEH. Colombia), Francisco Rey has a Diploma on Sciences (Biology) with a specialization on Public Health and a Master Degree on International Relations.

Carlos Sarmiento

Roads, Canals and Ports Industrial Engineer with extensive experience designing and executing water and sanitation projects in Spain. WASH University expert in international cooperation, Carlos has been involved in the field of cooperation since 2007 when he began his experiences in Honduras engaging in social projects.

Since then, he has collaborated on several water and sanitation projects around the world with different organizations within Canal Voluntarios, a group of which he is a member.
In the training sector he teaches in the Expert Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in International Cooperation of the University of Alcalá (Madrid), in the Course of Human Settlements of ICHAB, in several courses of Canal Voluntarios y Canal de Isabel II and in the Hydraulic module of the E-WASH course of FLASH. He is also a trainer of Canal de Isabel II in the design and execution of hydraulic works.

Fabio Fussi

Geologist, specializing in hydrogeology and in the application of geographic information systems, PhD in environmental sciences with hydrogeological research in Senegal and Guinea.

Since University, Fabio has focused on the implementation of international cooperation programmes in the field of humanitarian action, development, risk management and training. He has worked for over 20 years in different sectors (specializing in water, sanitation and hygiene, geographical analysis for the exploration and management of water resources) with different NGOs (Oxfam, MSF and others), United Nations’ organisations (UNICEF, UNHCR) and collaborated in the training of cooperation officers with different universities and training agencies.

Verónica Sánchez Carrera

PhD in Architecture since 2020, with the doctoral thesis: Emergency Architecture for Infectious Diseases. Critical analysis and comparative study of infrastructures raised in Africa during the Ebola crisis from 2014 to 2019. Verónica has developed her work as an independent professional in urban planning and architecture since 2004. In 2007 he focused his activity on Humanitarian Aid, where he has worked in different organizations and countries. His practice includes urban and territorial consultancies, evaluations and technical support in humanitarian programs. For the past fifteen years he has combined his professional activity with teaching and research. He currently teaches master's and postgraduate courses at different universities. She is an expert in emergency architecture for infectious diseases, specialized in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in International Cooperation and Emergencies (UAH) and In Developing Human Settlements in the Third World at ICHaB, UNESCO Chair. She holds a master's degree in Advanced Architecture and City Project (UAH).

She is the Co-founder of n'UNDO and the technical office n'OT | Global-Human-Environment. 

Organisations: WHO-EMT Secretariat, UK-MED, UK-EMT, Médecins Sans Frontiares, Stockholm Evaluation Unit, Médecins Sans Frontiares OCBA, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Spanish Red Cross (SRC), Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), World Physicians (MDM-ES), Architecture Without Borders, Institute for Conflict Studies and Humanitarian Action (IECAH).

Countries: Bangladesh, Brussels, Indonesia. Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Spain, Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan, Ukraine, DR Congo, Rwanda.


Registration fee: 690€ (single payment)

Places are limited. A selection process will be carried out, taking into account criteria such as: experience, interests and previous knowledge in the field.