Profiling Coordination Training (PCT)

The Profiling Coordination Training (PCT) is a practical, hands-on course held over six days that takes participants through the profiling process from start to finish, focusing on the collaborative aspect around data collection, analysis and use. Designed as a simulation exercise set in the fictional country of Freedonia, the PCT builds directly off our real-life experience from working in diverse displacement contexts in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Throughout the interactive course, participants are brought to develop their coordination, communication, technical skills and thematic knowledge – expertise that is highly valuable in any data collection effort on a daily basis. Looking at two complex scenarios of protracted displacement – a longstanding civil war that led to the displacement of thousands of people in Freedonia, and cyclical natural disasters that lead to periodical displacement in the country –, they get to work with three datasets (an urban, a rural, and one on hard-to-reach areas), and learn to use a mixed approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods.

UPDATE ON THE PCT 2020

The 2020 JIPS Profiling Coordination Training will take place in Montreux, Switzerland from 20 to 25 September 2020. Due to travel constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will prioritise global-level practitioners. However, applications will be open to all colleagues matching the selection criteria. We will focus the training on the profiling process and on a series of thematic areas related to internal displacement, including data ethics, area-based approaches, durable solutions, and joint analysis.

Interested in participating? Then apply now by 27 July 2020 and get in touch for any questions.

What does the course include?

The PCT’s content is built around our experience of profiling in protracted displacement situations. The course is updated for each edition to integrate new standards and latest tools, good practices, and innovations. Participants are equipped with a range of skills, including:

  • Identifying when profiling is the most appropriate approach and how it can complement other data systems
  • Identifying and getting key stakeholders on board, including different government entities and levels, as well as how engaging displacement-affected communities
  • Evaluating the data literacy of partners and mapping the information landscape, including through joint secondary data review
  • Developing an effective, rigorous, and agreed-upon methodology
  • Designing fit-for-purpose data collection tools
  • Developing communication and advocacy strategies in an adverse stakeholder environment
  • Implementing a rigorous process of collecting, processing and jointly analysing the collected data
  • Defining strategies to jointly develop recommendations and plan for the dissemination of results

The PCT’s practical emphasis gives participants the sense that they have actually undertaken a profiling exercise, improving their technical knowledge and their confidence to carry out a real project in the future.

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