MAS Humanitarian Action 2019

This MAS aims to develop managers' in-depth critical analysis and strategic thinking. It provides participants with a strong understanding of the main conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action as well as the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses.

Information

Period

2 September 2019 - 24 August 2020
60 ECTS credits
1800 Teaching hours
10 months minimum, 3 years maximum

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

+41 (0)22 908 44 53
cerahgeneve(at)unige.ch

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

30 July 2019
Modules can be followed individually
Scholarship applicants: February 4, 2019

Fees:

Option I: MAS in 1 academic year – 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

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.

CERAH can only offer a very limited number of educational scholarships for living expenses and only according to predetermined criteria. Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to search for financial support on their own and as early as possible. The scholarships do not include VISA and transport costs in Geneva.

Candidates eligible for a scholarship are residents from and work in one of the countries designated in the DAC List of ODA Recipients either as “least developed”, “other low income”, or “lower middle income”. For more info, please check our website: www.cerahgeneve.ch.

Objectives

  • Analyse and critically review major humanitarian crises, past and present, as well as future challenges, from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Use specialised problem-solving skills integrating knowledge on humanitarian crises acquired throughout the courses
  • Develop creative and flexible procedures to solve problems
  • Formulate and defend an argument taking into account ethical issues and humanitarian principles
  • Take responsibility in challenging and moving contexts by formulating and implementing appropriate, coherent, flexible and creative strategies
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in managing programmes, projects and teams
  • Enhance self-management in a stressful and demanding environment, identifying one’s own strengths and limitations

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

Learning outcomes

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Strategic thinking

Programme

The MAS is a full-time executive training of 60 ECTS credits that is divided in:

a) 1 core curriculum covering the following topics:

  • History of Humanitarianism
  • Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action
  • Humanitarian Politics
  • Values, Ethics and Moral Problems
  • Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Dynamic of Actors
  • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • From Emergency to Development?
  • People Management and Humanitarian Action
  • Anthropology and Intercultural Approach in Humanitarian action
  • Communication and Humanitarian Action
  • Security and Safety

b) 2 Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS), to choose between the following topics:  

  • Quality management: Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

    • Option I: Residential, in Geneva, Switzerland (more details on page )
    • Option II: On line – Humanitarian Distance Learning (HDL) (more details on page)
  • Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation in Humanitarian Action
  • Health of population affected by humanitarian emergencies

c) 3 mandatory research method’s weeks focusing on the development of a topic, research question, literature review and discussion. To be taken between September and the end of January.

d) 1 Master thesis to be written from a chosen topic.

A dissertation on a topic chosen by the participant to submit in June or August.

Director(s)

Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, 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

Coordinator(s)

Claire BARTHELEMY, CERAH, University of Geneva.

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
The MAS aims developing managers' in-depth competencies. It provides them with a strong understanding of the main conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action as well as the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses.

Description

  • The MAS starts in September with a core course (DAS) focusing on context analysis
  • It continues with 2 practical specialized courses (CAS) over Spring
  • Several classes of dissertation methods are given throughout the academic year
  • A dissertation has to be handed out over Summer in order to complete and obtain the MAS

Note: This option is the only one applying to students who have a scholarship. The 3 research weeks are mandatory and to be taken according to the pre-established schedule, on CERAH Geneva campus. 

Description

  • In this Option, students can start the MAS (1) with the core course (DAS) or (2) with the specialized course of their choice (CAS)
  • The students continue with 2 practical specialized courses (CAS) over Spring
  • The students have the flexibility to spread all other courses throughout the 2 to 3 remaining years. The detailed study plan is to be discussed with the Head of Learning 
  • A dissertation has to be handed out in order to complete and obtain the MAS

Note: The 3 research weeks are mandatory and to be taken according to the pre-established schedule, on CERAH Geneva campus. 

Location

Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) 22 Rue de Rothschild, Geneva, Switzerland

Description

  • A core curriculum (equivalent to Diploma of Advanced Studies DAS) covering the following topics:

    • History of humanitarianism
    • Legal framework of humanitarian action
    • Geopolitics and humanitarian action
    • Values, ethics and moral problems
    • From emergency to development ?
    • Sociology of actors in humanitarian action
    • Health in humanitarian emergencies
    • Political economy of humanitarian action
    • Vulnerability: evolving concept and new challenges
    • Anthropology and intercultural approach in humanitarian action 
    • Communication and humanitarian action 
    • People management and humanitarian action
  • Two Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS) to choose from:
    • Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

      • Option I: residential, in Geneva, Switzerland
      • Option II: on line - Humanitarian distance learning (HDL))
    • Communication and Advocacy for Humanitarian Action
    • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Three research method weeks mandatory for all students and to be taken in Geneva, during January
  • Master thesis 

Pedagogical method

Built on a multidisciplinary and interactive approach, the MAS is composed of seminars, lectures and case studies' analysis on different aspects of humanitarian action (armed conflicts, natural disasters, social exclusion).

The MAS is taught in English. However, students are offered the alternative to take written tests and write their Master Thesis in French.

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

  • 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
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required

Number of participants

Max. 30 participants

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Valérie Gorin

Dr. Sharon Weil

Pr. Davide Rodogno

Pr. Doris Schopper

Dr. Hugo Slim

Dr. Claudia Seymour

Dr. Nathalie Herlemont

Dr. Anne Golaz

Dr. Christophe Gironde

André Picot

Pr. Alessandro Monsutti

Jean-Marc Biquet

Claire Barthélémy

Sandrine Delattre

Sara L.M. Davis

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