PIM training & learning

Starting in 2015, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), with support from the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) Department, took the initiative to develop a protection information management (PIM) training. The goal of the PIM trainings is to improve the ability of field protection clusters to develop more informed protection strategies, and to implement principled, systematized, and collaborative processes to collect, process, analyze, store, share, and use data and information to enable evidence-informed action for quality protection outcomes.

PIM training participants, from a training in 2016.

The PIM trainings have three primary objectives:

  • Demonstrate how PIM supports, informs, and enables the development of an evidence-informed protection analysis, strategy, and response
  • Develop PIM knowledge, skills, and attitudes that facilitate dialogue and collaboration
  • Develop PIM knowledge and skills to create a PIM plan that informs a protection analysis, strategy, and response

The PIM trainings target protection cluster coordinators, protection cluster IM counterparts, protection cluster NGO co-leads, sub-cluster coordinators, and active members of the protection cluster and sub-clusters, among others.

The PIM trainings will continue from end 2017 into 2018, and are under development! Stay tuned for additional details.


PIM training outcomes

Snapshot on who has been trained on PIM (2016-17):

  • 122 humanitarian professionals trained, representing 11 clusters and stand-by capacity
  • 20 PIM trainers established as part of a global training pool
  • Approx. 1/3 of the trained ‘PIM Champions’ had a stronger background in Information Management and 2/3 in protection

We also ran a PIM Training of Trainers (ToT) in Nov 2016, in which some 20 colleagues were trained on PIM. These TOT participants will run various PIM trainings throughout 2017, for both refugee and IDP operations. In total, 20 colleagues from UNHCR and DRC were trained in the ToT. Another PIM ToT is on the books for January 2018!

The skills, attitude, and knowledge required to undertake PIM were shared with participants in all PIM trainings.

Interested in including PIM in an existing training?

In 2018, six PIM trainings will convene participants from protection clusters across operations in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and West, Central and East Africa. If your cluster has not received an invitation, but you are interested in learning more about the PIM training, please contact DRC (pimtraining@drc.dk).

The PIM training material is available for use and incorporation into existing training programmes with due credit to the PIM Initiative. Please approach DRC in case of need for support and to inform if you use the PIM training material outside of the PIM training (pimtraining@drc.dk). We’d love to hear from you, drop us a line and let us know how PIM has been incorporated into an existing training!

Link up with others trained on PIM:

Who has been trained, and where? Explore the map below to learn more.

Sources of PIM capacitation support in your area:

Name Organisation Location Area of work Email
Natia Mosashvili DRC Mytilene, Greece Greece natia.mosashvili@drc-greece.org
Guelnoudji Ndjekounkosse UNHCR Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo ndjekoug@unhcr.org
Dalia Rogemond UNHCR (GPC) Geneva, Switzerland Global rogemond@unhcr.org
Yasmine el-Behiery UNHCR (GPC) Geneva, Switzerland Global elbehier@unhcr.org
Souleymane Gueye UNHCR Copenhagen, Denmark Global gueyes@unhcr.org
Dominique Fotsing UNHCR Damascus, Syria Syria fotsing@unhcr.org
Katie Lo UNHCR Bagdad, Iraq Iraq lok@unhcr.org
Anna Minuto UNHCR Dakar, Senegal West Africa minuto@unhcr.org
Roberto Colombo OCHA Dakar, Senegal West Africa
Giulio Morello DRC Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire West Africa rpa-wa@drc.dk
Giorgia Tornieri UNHCR Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Balkans tornieri@unhcr.org
Rachelle Cloutier UNHCR Copenhagen, Denmark Global cloutier@unhcr.org
Katja Rytkonen UNHCR Geneva, Switzerland Global rytkoene@unhcr.org
Daunia Pavone Greece Global daunia_pavone@yahoo.it