CAS Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation in Humanitarian Action
Period20 April 2020 - 5 June 2020
Registration deadline30 March 2020
Total fees: CHF 5’000.-
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.
There are no available scholarship for this programme.
- Analyse the communication environment in which Humanitarian Action evolves
- Master concepts, methodologies and major related tools and processes in order to design the most suited Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation strategies
- Critically review past and current Humanitarian Communication and Humanitarian Principles
- Reflect on, critically review one’s own practice and make recommendations
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 student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action
The CAS is a full-time executive training of 10 ECTS credits, which focuses on the way that humanitarian organisation addresses operational communication at HQ or field level.
- The Concepts and Framework around Humanitarian Communication
- Dialogue with Communities
- The Design of Advocacy Strategies
- The Use of Media (traditional and virtual)
- The Ethical Concerns of the Representation of Suffering
- The Design and Carry out of Negociation Strategies
The CAS is composed of 6 intensive weeks of courses, pre-readings, lectures, workshops and role-plays. The seventh week is allocated to the writing of a personal thematic paper.
Prof. Karl BLANCHET, 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
Communication during aid action projects confronts several, important challenges. Humanitarian workers need to, often simultaneously, build positive relations with the affected populations, authorities and journalists, raise awareness and support, as well as lobby the cause they defend.
It is therefore important for humanitarian professionals to understand the different needs, stages and strategies of communication which play out during humanitarian project implementation. These include the development of a real dialogue with all stakeholders - including affected populations - the production and reception of information, the use of traditional and new communication tools and the cooperation with the media. Such practical expertise and competence needs to be complemented by critical understanding of the media landscape and the wider image of humanitarian action. This course delivers on both aspects.
This Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) enables participants to acquire theoretical and analytical competencies essential to develop communication, advocacy and negotiation strategies in the context of humanitarian action.
At the end of the course, participants will have strengthened communication competencies and will be able to develop a proper advocacy or negotiation strategy in line with their humanitarian objectives and their environment.
- Week 1: Humanitarian Communication: Concepts and Framework
- Week 2: Dialogue with Communities
- Week 3: Designing an Advocacy strategy
- Week 4: Media and Humanitarian Action: Approaches & Challenges
- Week 5: Representation to create Relationship: Strategy and ethical concerns
- Week 6: Negotiation in Humanitarian Settings: Main concepts and Strategy
7 intensive weeks (around 300 hours) of individual work including
- face to face sessions (lectures, role plays, working groups, field work, media training)
- personal work (readings, research, writing)
- 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)
Dr Edith FAVOREU, Deputy Director and Head of Training, CERAH
Dr Valérie GORIN, Lecturer / SNF Senior Researcher, University of Lausanne and CERAH
David LOQUERCIO, CHS Alliance Head of Policy, Advocacy and Learning
Sarah MACE, Humanitarian Communication Trainer & Advisor for the CDAC Network
Jean-Paul MARTHOZ, Visiting Professor Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Journalist and Writer
Prof Doris SCHOPPER, Director, CERAH