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.

Information

Period

12 October 2020 - 27 June 2021
10 ECTS credits
375 Distance teaching hours
8 months

Language

English

Format

Blended learning

Contact

Location

Distance learning

Registration

Registration deadline

30 April 2020

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 6’500 (tuition fees 5,000 CHF + 1,500 including accommodation and food in Uganda during the residential weeks).

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. 

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Objectives

  • 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

Audience

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
Post-graduate students with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action

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.

Programme

Around 250 hours of individual work in total, including:

  • E-learning (courses: E-learning modules, videos, documents, educational games, forum discussions, individual and collective work, research, exercises, reflective analysis
  • Face-to-face sessions (lectures, case studies, individual and collective work)
  • Personal work with coaching (reflexive analysis, writing, and implementation of an individual plan of action, individual and bilateral work)

 

  • Phase 1: Initialization process . 1 week (4 hours/week) by distance
  • Phase 2: Foundation: Myself within this training + basic concepts  –  1 week (4 hours/week) by distance
  • Phase 3: Institutional strategic framework –  3 weeks (6 hours/week) by distance
  • Phase 4: Operational strategic framework: Project Cycle Management and related operational stakes – 7 weeks (7 hours/week) by distance
  • Phase 5: Decentralized residential session preparing/sharing/strengthening – 4 weeks (96 hours in total) at distance and residential in Uganda
  • Phase 6a: Deepening my learning and preparing for my PoA design  – 10 weeks (5 hours/week) at distance with coaching
  • Phase 6b: Deepening my PoA in my current working context –  7 weeks (4 hours/week) at distance with coaching
  • Phase 7: Closing: recap / evaluation / final feedback  – 2 weeks (5 hours/week) by distance

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 (31 January - 10 February 2021).

 

 

 

Director(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Helena MERELO and Jean-Marc BIQUET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID

Partnership

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
  • Post-graduate students with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action
  • Excellent command of English. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English (TOEFL/IELTS/CPE/CAE)

Number of participants

The number of participants is adapted to the chosen pedagogy.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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