LLA Newsletter – Winter 2021 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of a newsletter – and our final one of 2021. We hope that you are well and keeping safe.

It has been another challenging year for the Supply Chain in both the Humanitarian and Commercial sector. The fluid and ever-changing nature of the pandemic has caused major issues for all sectors to overcome as we attempt to find the ‘new normal’.

In the humanitarian sector, we know that NGOs and organisations have been working very hard throughout the year to build capacity as they cope with the dual demands of providing aid and Logistical support to those in needs, as well as assisting with the roll-out of vaccination Programmes. Meanwhile in the Commercial sector, companies have been working to find solutions to challenges caused by the pandemic and new regulations, as well as focussing on the opportunities that our new way of life has created, such as an increase in working from home.

This article from Ey.com provides some glimpses into the challenges and opportunities that will test us in 2022– whilst this is primarily based around the Commercial sector, there may be some aspects that can be applied to a Humanitarian setting too!

“In 2022, supply chain teams will need to safeguard supplies in challenging circumstances, navigate financial volatility – and rein in costs. The pandemic may be the latest trigger for the renewed spotlight on spending, but it won’t be the last. Given that 50-75% of costs are directly influenced by the supply chain, this current period of disruption is an opportunity to take a closer look at the supply chain and align it to shifting needs and conditions. Targeted analysis reveals inefficiencies that inevitably creep in as global supply chains grow increasingly complex. Optimization programs can dramatically improve top-line revenue, as well as COGS and SG&A which impact the bottom line. They also relieve pressure on liquidity – that all-important survival factor in today’s precarious economic environment.”


At LLA, we have continued to build on the work we did in 2020 and continue to focus on improving skills and standards in both sectors, as well as increasing capacity and improving career and professional development.

This year, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) Programme with the launch of it’s fourth version. We have also been working hard to deliver new Regulated Qualifications that are recognised by Ofqual and provide a new take on our standard approach, with a stronger emphasis on developing skills in the workplace.

As we move into 2022, we have many projects planned, such as launching yet more qualifications including a brand-new qualification in Freight Forwarding schedule for early 2022, as well as a planned revamp of our SCILworld case study to further improve its functionality. We will announce more about our plans in 2022, so stay tuned for more details next year!

PLEASE NOTE: Our offices will be closed from 11:30 GMT on Friday 24th December 2021 for our Christmas break. Our normal services will resume at 09:00 GMT on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

From all the team here at LLA, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!


Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) training events – 2022 Schedule Confirmed

A selection of photos from recent HELM events in 2021.

With the easing of restrictions earlier this year, it was great to be able to deliver our face-to-face training events again. Our tutor Haydn Sandvig visited Kenya to deliver back-to-back events, as well as delivering our first ever visit to Nepal, which was a huge success.

We are pleased to have finalised our confirmed training schedule for our Humanitarian Essentials Logistics Module (HELM) events for the first half of 2022! Alongside our scheduled events in Kenya and Nepal, we are also pleased to add a new location, with us visiting Bangkok in Thailand for the very first time. Please see full details below:

8th-11th February 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya: HELM 1 – Supply Chain, Warehousing & Inventory, Fleet Management & Transport

14th-17th February 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya: HELM 2 – Procurement, Medical Logistics, Management & Leadership
1st-10th March 2022 – Bangkok, Thailand: HELM 1 & 2 Diploma – Supply Chain, Warehousing & Inventory, Fleet Management & Transport, Procurement, Medical Logistics, Management & Leadership
29th March – 7th April 2022 – Kathmandu, Nepal: HELM 1 & 2 Diploma – Supply Chain, Warehousing & Inventory, Fleet Management & Transport, Procurement, Medical Logistics, Management & Leadership
11th-15th April 2022 – Kathmandu, Nepal: HELM 3 Advanced Diploma – Supply Chain Management, Stock pre-positioning, Phases of Humanitarian Response, Team Management & HR and Cash Transfer Programming
10th-13th May 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya: HELM 1 – Supply Chain, Warehousing & Inventory, Fleet Management & Transport
16th-19th May 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya: HELM 2 – Procurement, Medical Logistics, Management & Leadership
23rd-27th May 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya: HELM 3 Advanced Diploma – Supply Chain Management, Stock pre-positioning, Phases of Humanitarian Response, Team Management & HR and Cash Transfer Programming.

Interested in knowing more about what happens during our HELM training events? Delivered in locations across Africa, these events have helped hundreds of Humanitarian Logisticians become more effective and efficient. For more information, visit our website page: https://logisticslearningalliance.com/lla-events/ or complete our online enquiry form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d02c58bd9a5f4d51b56379214c96ba35


Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices – the ideal Certification for those working in the Cold Chain

The Fritz Institute-CILT Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) Programme is ideal for those working in Medical Logistics, Pharmacies, Vaccination Distribution and the Cold Chain as part of a humanitarian aid relief effort.

Here’s 5 facts about the MedLog Programme.


Celebrating the History of the Fritz Institute

We are honoured and delighted to have been included in a new booklet celebrating the history of the Fritz Institute!

As the official delivery partner for the Fritz Institute-CILT Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programmes since they were created in 2006, we are pleased to have played our part in the establishment of these Programmes as the standard for building capacity and increasing the skills of Humanitarian Logisticians in the sector. We have over 3,000 students and graduates and the Programmes continue to set the standard in supply chain training for the humanitarian sector.

You can read more about Fritz Institute on their website: https://fritzinstitute.org/ourwork/ourwork-capacitybuilding/ or view the celebration booklet directly here:  https://secureservercdn.net/


Helpful articles for Humanitarians:

From ICRC: Emerging Voices – A selection of articles and reviews from ICRC: https://international-review.icrc.org/reviews/irrc-no-914-emerging-voices

From WFP: How a Simple Cheese Sandwich Added $1.3m to Aleppo’s Economy: https://www.wfpusa.org/articles/one-school-meal-50-widowed-women-1-3m-for-aleppo/

From MSF: Haiti: A hospital adapts to crisis – A head nurse describes the medical and logistical challenges of providing care in Port-au-Prince https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/story/haiti-hospital-adapts-crisis


Latest Feedback from Students

Allow me to take this opportunity to pass my happiness for the work well done, as I completed my CHL with Logistics Learning Alliance Ltd. Once again thanks to everyone who supported me through my studying periods with LLA International and to the whole team, with big thanks for everything they did for me, I really appreciate it.

Not forgetting my coach Haydn Sandvig for supporting me through my studying period times, Haydn has been a good coach to me. Keep that spirit of humanitarian work.

On my recommendation for LLA, this is the best institution for those who want to share their experience of humanitarian work and what we are doing, and to achieve new skills with LLA.

With the experience I had with LLA and the work I am doing with ICRC, it will allow me to deliver humanitarian services in future. It’s not ended with LLA, I hope we are going to meet again as soon if possible. ”

Isaac Nyuop Dol, ICRC

Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) Graduate


I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the entire LLA/CILT/Fritz fraternity for the support through the long period we have interacted during the period I have been studying the course.  Please pass on my regards to all of your team.

Am very grateful for the long-term support through this course which was a huge challenge since I had to blend it with my work commitments. I have learnt so much in a very practical model and, though heavy to combine with my regular work schedules, I still believe the course expanded my global view of the supply chain.

I have also been able to shed more light on concepts of supply that were not clear to me and I hope with this new perspective I will be able to take on my supply duties with more confidence and possibly pass on knowledge to the field teams I encounter. Within my organisation I am sure to talk about training for Supply and field logs in pursuing CHL and CHSCM in full or modules which is a very interesting option.”

Boniface Kachu

Certification In Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) Student


Congratulations to new LLA Graduates

Congratulations to all those who graduated from LLA Programmes between October and December 2021!

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