CAS Certificate of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action / Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects 2021

This certificate addresses the essential components that guarantee the quality management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion, do no harm, accountability or participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.

Information

Period

16 September 2020 - 4 December 2021
10 ECTS credits
300 Distance teaching hours
11.5 weeks

Language

English

Format

Distance learning

Contact

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

15 August 2020

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 6’000.-

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 is no available scholarship for this programme.

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

At the end of the course, participants will be able to apply a qualitative framework in order to manage projects and teams in line with local and international prerogatives.

More specifically, following the Result-Based Management approach and taking into account ethical issues, specificity of contexts and the organizations’ mandate:

You will be able to:

  • manage people according to the key principles of leadership for diversity, inclusion and duty of care
  • design and implement inclusive and coordinated humanitarian projects
    • Analyse humanitarian contexts
    • Assess needs and capacities of local population
    • Plan and program responses
    • Monitor and evaluate progress and results

You will be able to critically review existing projects and people management practices.

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 student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of:

  • the link between an institutional strategy, an operational strategy and its concrete implementation
  • the global humanitarian context as well as the sociology of humanitarian actors and fundamental elements of a specific crisis context
  • the type of humanitarian interventions, humanitarian dilemmas and humanitarian options
  • the main trends and issues related the aid sector (effectiveness, accountability, …)

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to:

  • analyze a context and the characteristics of a crises
  • frame an adequate strategy of intervention regarding both a specific crisis and the global strategy of the organization
  • use specialized problem-solving skills
  • develop creative and flexible procedures to implement a strategy of intervention
  • monitor and evaluate strategies and projects with an outcome perspective
  • communicate and negotiate with stakeholders as well as facilitate participative processes

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to:

  • choose and adapt best options in challenging and moving complex contexts
  • analyze and critically review strategies of intervention 
  • integrate quality and accountability in all processes
  • position yourself as a manager and behave with responsibility

Programme

Programme content and dates

  • Initialisation (16-17 September)
  • Module 1: Human leadership and People Management (18 September – 2 October)
  • Module 2: Analysing humanitarian contexts: Vulnerabilities and Capacities (5-16 October)
  • Module 3: Assessing needs and capacities (19-23 October)
  • Module 4: Planning projects and their monitoring systems (26-30 October)
  • Module 5: Programming resources and implementing interventions (2-13 November)
  • Module 6: Safety and Security – Piloting risks (16-20 November)
  • Module 7: Monitoring and evaluation (23-26 November)
  • Closure and Final assignment (27 November – 4 December)

Structure

Around 250 hours of work including:

  • Pre-readings
  • Distance-learning (online courses and live sessions)
  • Individual and group work

Workload

  • 11.5 weeks
  • 20 hours workload per week, including live sessions

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)

Sandrine DELATTRE, Practical Intelligence, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
The difficulties facing humanitarian actors are growing as crises become more complex and uncertainties more numerous. Adaptation to context, comprehensive and systematic understanding, critical thinking are part of the preconditions in order to develop creativity and set relevant, qualitative and accountable responses.

This certificate aims to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to confront current challenges faced by humanitarian actors working in complex environments. It emphasizes on designing adapted and flexible strategies and projects which integrate quality and accountability throughout all processes.

At the end of the CAS, you will be able to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects in line with the specificities of each context. You will be able to provide coherent, flexible and creative humanitarian responses taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives and the organization’s mandate.

Description

  • Week 1: Context analysis and strategic framework
  • Week 2: Assessing needs and capacities
  • Week 3: Planning projects and their monitoring system (I)
  • Week 4: Planning projects and their monitoring system (II)
  • Week 5: Programming interventions
  • Week 6: Monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Week 7: Critical review of strategies and projects

(Subject to change)

Pedagogical method

7 to 9 intensive weeks of individual work including

  • Pre-readings
  • Face to face sessions (lectures, role play, working groups, field work)
  • Personal work (personal readings, personal research, writing)

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)

Comité scientifique

Claire BARTHELEMY, Lecturer, Diploma coordinator, CERAH
Prof Gilles CARBONNIER, CERAH President, Graduate Institute
Sandrine DELATTRE, Trainer and facilitator, Practical Intelligence
Sarah EPPRECHT, Chief of Staff , ICRC
Véronique DE GEOFFROY, Director of operations Groupe, URD
Dr Nathalie HERLEMONT ZORITCHAK, Head of Strategic Policy Service, Fédération Handicap International
Jahal DE MERITENS, Global Cluster Coordinator, Early Recovery, UNDP
Philippe RUSCASSIER, Training coordinator, MSF- CH
Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Director, CERAH
Prof. Thomas STRAUB, Director Certificate Modern Management for Non Profit Organizations, University of Geneva

Number of participants

20 candidates maximum are selected each year.

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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