MAS Humanitarian Action 2020

This Master programme is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary postgraduate course on humanitarian action providing current and future humanitarian professionals with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to optimize responses to contemporary crises.

Information

Period

15 September 2020 - 31 August 2021
60 ECTS credits
1800 Teaching hours

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

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

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

30 June 2020

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.

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 Master, students will be able to critically analyse humanitarian responses through a good understanding of the concepts of humanitarian action and use management and strategy tools to develop, coordinate and evaluate a humanitarian response.

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

  • 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

Programme

The Master programme is a modular full-time executive training of 60 ECTS credits composed of 4 terms:

Term 1:

  • M1: Humanitarianisms
  • M2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
  • M3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
  • M4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
  • M5: The Humanitarians

Term 2:  

Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

  • Option I: Residential, in Geneva, Switzerland (duration: 7 weeks)
  • Option II: Distance Learning (duration: 8 months)

 

Term 3:

Selection of five elective courses amongst a series of one-week executive courses:

  • Participatory Approaches with Crises-Affected Communities
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian Action
  • Media and Humanitarian Action
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian Crises
  • NCDs in Humanitarian Contexts
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Climate emergency and its impacts on health
  • Livelihood and Cash Transfer Interventions in Humanitarian Action
  • Protection in Humanitarian Action
  • Managing Staff in Humanitarian Crises

 

Term 4:

Dissertation:

  • Literature review
  • Context analysis
  • Reports on thematic issues relevant to humanitarian action
  • Case studies

Or,

Report on work experience gained during the studies

Disclaimer: this programme is subject to change.

ECTS credits summary:

  • Term 1: 24 ECTS Credits
  • Term 2: 10 ECTS Credits
  • Term 3: 10 ECTS Credits
  • Term 4: 16 ECTS Credits

Director(s)

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

Coordinator(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, 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.

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 Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a valuable internship experience
  • 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
  • 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 (proof such a TOEFL/IELTS/CPE/CAE Certificate).

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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