AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018 Red Cross Red Crescent Induction | 20-24 August 2018 | Jakarta, Indonesia


The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme was established as part of the AHA Centre’s ambition to build a disaster-resilient region, through the vision of the ‘One ASEAN One Response’. Since it was launched in 2014, 62 officers from the ten ASEAN Member States have been trained. After graduating from ACE, the ACE alumni continue to engage in various roles in the area of disaster management as well as in responding to emergencies in the ASEAN region.  Some graduates have been promoted into higher leadership positions within their respective National Disaster Management Organisations. Considering the ACE Programme’s effectiveness and relevance to support the vision, the AHA Centre continues to invite talented individuals from the ASEAN Member States to join ACE, in order to improve ASEAN’s speed, scale and solidarity in responding to crises and emergencies.

ACE Programme Description

The ACE Programme aims at developing the future leaders of ASEAN.  The programme will strengthen the operationalisation of One ASEAN One Response commitment through building the capacities of the participants in the areas of disaster management and humanitarian assistance operations. It is is designed as a training development continuum, with long-term emphasis on building the four ACE Professional Qualities:

  • ACE Professional Quality 1. ACE graduate is sought as an expert in humanitarian assistance, both nationally and in the ASEAN region.
  • ACE Professional Quality 2. ACE graduate is committed to support the ASEAN’s coordination mechanisms and operationalise One ASEAN One Response through involvement of various relevant stakeholders.
  • ACE Professional Quality 3. ACE graduate is result oriented
  • ACE Professional Quality 4. ACE graduate is an effective leader

The learning programme combines various adult learning methodologies: online courses, classroom sessions, experiential challenges, case study analysis, individual and team projects, and real-life simulations.  The participants are also expected to allocate two hours a day for reading the materials prior to joining the session on the following day, over the 18-week programme duration. In addition, the participants will engage throughout the programme by sharing tasks related to class arrangement, such as: ice breaking, meal/travel arrangement, etc.

Supporting documents: 

Go to this link for more interactive information and to view the reading list


Joint Action Plan for Technical Collaboration between Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre

In September 2014, representatives from Southeast Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) National Societies (NS) gathered in Bangkok as part of the Community Safety and Resilience Forum to enhance their integrated approach for community resilience building and strengthen the regional cooperation among and between members. Participants included Department Heads for Disaster Management, Health and Organizational Development as well as a representative from the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre.

During technical discussions, it was agreed that IFRC, RCRC National Societies and the AHA Centre should continue building on the positive collaboration undertaken so far and explore opportunities for further technical cooperation in the form of a ‘joint action plan’.

This plan was discussed at a subsequent technical meeting held on 8 October 2014 at the AHA Centre (Jakarta, Indonesia), where participants agreed to undertake collaborative efforts for the following activities:

  1. Sharing information
  2. Operational response frameworks
  3. Learning from each other



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AHA Centre (power point presentation describing its role and collaboration with IFRC)

Purpose and overview:

The document was presented during the Community Safety and Resilience Forum held in 2015 in Indonesia. The purpose was to give an overview of AHA Centre’s role in disaster management and collaboration with IFRC.

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ASEAN-ERAT (ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team) Guidelines


The ASEAN-ERAT Guidelines is intended as an easily accessible reference tool for ASEAN-ERAT before and during a mission to a disaster or emergency. The information on personal preparedness and pre-deployment arrangements, mission equipment and alert, activation and mobilization procedures provides guidance to the ASEAN-ERAT on their basic responsibilities as a regional responder. The further details on deployment procedures, rapid assessment methodology, reporting, on- site coordination and demobilisation should be used by the ASEAN-ERAT as they deploy to disasters regionally. This also allows the ASEAN-ERAT Guidelines to be used as a primary source of reference for training of the ASEAN-ERAT.


The roles of ASEAN-ERAT (ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team) includes rapid assessment, support to logistics, emergency communications, and coordination. ERAT has been deployed in Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Thailand Flood in 2011 and Bopha Typhoon in 2012.

The ASEAN-ERAT Guidelines is also closely linked to SASOP as it makes use of the existing emergency response procedures in the SASOP to facilitate alert, activation, mobilization and deployment of the ASEAN-ERAT.
The ASEAN-ERAT involves several key ideas:
  • Regional rapid response team
  • Deployment upon request
  • Be in support of national authorities
  • Immediate deployment (8 hours)
  • On site operation centre
  • Coordination / rapid assessment / logistic support
  • Deployment for approximately 10-14 days

Usage: Guidance for project implementation

Audience: Technical staff

For videos about ERAT, click here ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team4th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course video from Youtube

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