CAS Leading within IOs 2020

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21 September 2020 - 5 December 2020
18 ECTS credits
144 Teaching hours




On-site – switch over to online-learning if required


+41 (0)22 379 89 71


Uni-Mail, Geneva


Registration deadline

30 June 2020
Modules can be followed individually
Applications must be received at last one month before the beginning of the first module. Courses are filled on a first come first serve basis.


CHF 9'500.-
CHF 1'800.-


  • Master advanced management skills and practices applicable to intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations
  • Strengthen your skills in leadership, communication and team management
  • Access an extensive network of professionals and build strategic connections in a competitive international environment
  • Bridge the gap between corporate business and international cooperation and examine out-of-the box approaches


The program is designed for professionals who work for – or aspire to work for – IOs, NGOs, NPOs or Social Enterprise in managerial positions as well as professionals from the private sector looking for a career shift

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your leadership and management skills and increase your team or organization performance
  • Apply fundamental concepts of management in complex organizational settings
  • Outline key factors in successful global partnerships contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


6 modules divided as follows:

6 core-modules (mandatory modules):

  • Change Management (blended)
  • Conflict resolution in Business and Politics
  • Designing Development Projects
  • Governance, Leadership and Change in the UN System
  • Managing Complex Operations
  • Performance and Resource Management



Prof. Marcelo OLARREAGA, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Rose ACHEAMPONG, University of Geneva
The executive degree "Leading within IOs and NGOs" enables participants to sharpen leadership and management skills required in the International Organizations, NGOs, NPOs or social enterprise. The program provides state-of-the-art management tools applied to the specific challenges within these organizations. It also empowers participants to enhance their communication skills and lead in a globalized world.


Today’s business environment is characterized through hyper‐competitive markets that constantly challenge an organization’s functioning. Within the past two decades, firms twice experienced conditions of turbulent market environments indicated through the bursting of the dot‐com bubble in 2000‐01 and the sub‐prime crisis in late 2008. These economic conditions have increased the complexity of today’s business environment and unambiguously underline the importance of knowing how to deal with environmental changes, difficult business situations, and corporate growth. Managing such conditions consists of multiple organizational challenges and implies that firms must constantly adapt to evolving market environment. This course aims at developing an understanding on how to behave and manage such situations. It familiarizes participants with how to manage change under situations of corporate crisis, global competition and environmental change.


Increasing interdependence within and between societies inevitably leads to conflicts of interest. A dominant way to overcome these obstacles is the new disciplines of conflict resolution and negotiation. After setting the stage with theories of conflict and cooperation, this course covers structural and dynamic issues of negotiation processes. It combines analytical and practical techniques with discussion of real-world examples from business and political conflicts at international level.


This course provides an overview of the international development landscape and how different approaches to delivering development assistance have evolved through time while combining theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training. Using detailed case studies of existing and hypothetical projects, the course explores essential tools for planning and implementing development projects.


The course provides a conceptual framework and an empirical basis for examining governance and management practices in the UN system. The course focuses both on the specific characteristics of intergovernmental decision making and on the practical aspects of management. The method of work will focus on group work and case studies.


This course module complements academic work on non-profit organizations (NPOs). It aims at providing students with a practical understanding of how international NPOs are set up, governed, led and managed based on some defining factors such as their mission, guiding principles, history and stakeholders, as well as the environment they are operating in. It will walk students through some of the key features of leadership and management of NPOs, both in terms of management frameworks and of leadership and management practices.


This ‘practitioner course’ takes the students in six thematic sessions through the resource management functions in Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs). The course examines the constituent elements and boundaries of NPOs, their embedded incentive systems, and challenges to manage NPOs for results. It also provides the students the tools and analytical framework for an assessment of a NPO of their choice. 


Each module is subject to an assessment, including one or a combination of the following: in-class exam, classroom presentations, take-home assignments and group works.

Diploma awarded

Students who successfully complete the programme (18 ECTS credits) will be awarded the CAS Leading within IOs and NGOs by the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva.
This program enables participants to sharpen leadership and management skills required in the International Organizations, NGOs, NPOs or social enterprises. It also empowers participants to enhance their communication skills and lead in a globalized world.

Admission criteria

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • International exposure

Number of participants

Max. 20 participants

Exemplary list:

  • Bruce Jenks, University of Columbia
  • Katherine Milligan, Head and Director, Schwab Foundation, WEF
  • Susanna Swann, HR Director at EPFL

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