CAS Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action Blended Learning - HDL 2020

This Certificate aims to reinforce knowledge and skills that are necessary to confront current challenges faced by humanitarian actors working in complex environments. The course emphasises on adaptive and flexible strategies and projects.



26 August 2019 - 26 April 2020
10 ECTS credits
300 Distance teaching hours
8 months




Blended learning


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Distance learning


Registration deadline

12 July 2019
Scholarship applicants: October 1, 2019


Total fees: CHF 6’500.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 500.-

The payment of the registration fees can be made in several installments. If registration fees are not paid before the beginning of the course, access to the programme will not be allowed. 


  • Design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects consistent with the specificities of each context
  • Provide coherent, flexible and creative humanitarian responses taking into account ethical issues and context prerogatives as well as the humanitarian principles and organisation’s mandate


Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector

Learning outcomes

The CAS is a part time, in working environment executive training, which focuses on designing qualitative and innovative strategies for organisations and projects. It covers the process of project cycle management and its cross-cutting content.


  • E-learning with online courses, videos, documents, educational games, forum discussions, individual and collective work, research, exercises, reflective analysis
  • Face to face sessions, including lectures, case studies, individual and collective work
  • Personal work with coaching focusing on reflective analysis, writing and implementation of an individual plan of action, individual and bilateral work
  • Context analysis and strategic framework
  • Assessing needs and capacities
  • Planning and programming responses
  • Monitoring and evaluating responses (M&E)

The CAS is composed of 6 weeks of courses, lectures, workshops and role-plays. The seventh week is allocated to the writing of a personal thematic paper. 

90% of the course is distance learning while 10% is a residential session taking place in Kampala/Jinja, Uganda.





Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva



Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Groupe Urgence Réhabilitation Développement

Admission criteria

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of five years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of two years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required.

Number of participants

The number of participants is adapted to the chosen pedagogy.

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