MAS Humanitarian Action 2022

This programme is a unique blended learning postgraduate course on humanitarian action providing current and future humanitarian professionals with the managerial, theoretical and practical skills needed to optimise responses to humanitarian crises.

Information

Period

5 September 2022 - 31 October 2023
60 ECTS credits
200 Teaching hours
200 Distance teaching hours
Around 1500 hours of work for the whole Master, including: • App. 400 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, group work, round tables, debates, visits) • App. 750 hours of self-study time (e-learning modules, readings, assignments, videos, quizzes, etc.) • App. 350 hours for the MAS dissertation

Language

English

Format

Blended learning

Contact

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
+41 (0)22 379 56 50
humanitarianstudies(at)unige.ch

Location

Geneva and online (blended learning)

Registration

Registration deadline

30 June 2022
Application deadlines: May 31, 2022 for non-OCDE countries / June, 30, 2022 for OCDE countries. If applying for a scholarship, deadline: February, 1, 2022.

Fees:

Option I: MAS in 14 months  – CHF 15’000.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000

Option II:  MAS in 2 or 3 academic years - CHF 17’000.-

Deposit (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000

Thanks to the financial support of the Service de la solidarité Internationale of the Canton of Geneva we offer full or partial scholarships for the MAS. For more info and to check the eligibility criteria visit: https://humanitarianstudies.ch/scholarships-and-funding/

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 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 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:

  • Understand the evolution of the humanitarian system, governance and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate knowledge of core humanitarian values, principles, codes and frameworks
  • Engage with major debates and critiques in the humanitarian sector
  • Critically assess humanitarian contexts and complex emergencies (armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration)
  • Assess, monitor and evaluate humanitarian projects
  • Demonstrate key management, leadership and accountability skills

Develop relevant skillsets and competencies for the humanitarian sector, including public health, gender-based and sexual violence, communication, advocacy, negotiation, protection, finance and management

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

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of the humanitarian system, governance and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate knowledge of core humanitarian values, principles, codes and frameworks
  • Engage with major debates and critiques in the humanitarian sector
  • Critically assess humanitarian contexts and complex emergencies (armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration)
  • Assess, monitor and evaluate humanitarian projects
  • Demonstrate key management, leadership and accountability skills
  • Develop relevant skill sets and competencies for the humanitarian sector, including public health, gender-based and sexual violence, communication, advocacy, negotiation, protection, finance and management.

Programme

The Master programme is a modular executive training of 60 ECTS credits composed of four parts:

Part One: Critical Analysis of Humanitarian Action  – RESIDENTIAL TERM IN GENEVA, September - December
(Diploma of Advanced Studies: 25 ECTS Credits)

  • Module 1: Humanitarianisms
  • Module 2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
  • Module 3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
  • Module 4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
  • Module 5: The Humanitarians and the Social World of Aidland

Part Two: Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects  – ONLINE TERM, January - April 
(Certificate of Advanced Studies: 10 ECTS Credits)

This course addresses the essential components that guarantee the qualitative 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. The whole course takes part online during 12 consecutive weeks.

Part Three: Executive Short Courses – ONLINE TERM, April - October (2 ECTS credits per course)

A series of short elective courses focus on key approaches and evaluative tools of humanitarian contexts. Students can select five courses to develop specific skills and learn about good practices. All courses take place online during two weeks each.

The elective courses include:

  • A relationship at stake: media and humanitarian action
  • Negotiation in humanitarian crises
  • Sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian crises
  • Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian action: What works?
  • Health systems assessment in humanitarian crises
  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activism
  • Non-communicable diseases in humanitarian settings
  • Protection of civilians, from humanitarian to peace operations
  • Planetary health
  • Digital innovations in the humanitarian sector

 

Part Four: Final dissertation (15 ECTS Credits) – ONLINE
 

Throughout the DAS, MAS students will engage in a series of workshops designed to develop information-gathering and processing, critical thinking, analytical writing and networking skills. These workshops will help participants to write the MAS dissertation. The overall aim of the MAS dissertation is to stimulate a critical and original reflection on issues linked to humanitarian action. The submission deadline for the MAS dissertation is October 31, 2023.

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)

Dr Valerie GORIN, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID

Accreditation

AAQ
This Master programme is a unique blended learning postgraduate course on humanitarian action providing current and future humanitarian professionals with the managerial, theoretical and practical skills needed to optimize responses to humanitarian crises.

Our programme has been developed in response to the growing need to understand, question and reform today’s humanitarian system, and it is delivered in collaboration with our partner organisations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The programme offers evidence-based, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural education in the field of humanitarian action.

This blended postgraduate course combines theoretical, practical and managerial skills in a unique adult-learning environment, to empower humanitarian professionals with reflective and critical analysis for a more effective humanitarian response. The course work will focus on deconstructing the humanitarian system, on learning about its normative frameworks and reflecting on the interactions and power dynamics among humanitarian actors. It will provide expertise in assessing methods, tools and approaches used to provide assistance to affected populations in different humanitarian contexts (including armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration).

Diploma awarded

Once the students successfully complete the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action's full programme according to CERAH requirements, they obtain a joint degree delivered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and accredited by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).

Admission criteria

  • Admission process

    The Master is open to maximum 30 students per year. Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, quality of application documents, relevance of previous work experience and English language skills.

    The Selection Committee examines the quality of the applications and aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution.

    Applications sent after the closing date and/or incomplete will not be considered.

    Requirements

  • a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  • excellent command of English;
  • motivation working in the humanitarian sector.

Fore more detailed information about the application process visit our dedicated page.

Number of participants

Max. 30 participants

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 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 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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