Short course Humanitarian Leadership and People Management 2025

While critically reviewing current theories and practices of humanitarian leadership and people management, this Short Course aims to ascertain the leadership capacities of participants and situate their preferred management style.



8 January 2025 - 31 January 2025
2 ECTS credits
20 Distance teaching hours
Around 20-25 hours of work each week, including: 1. Asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, etc.) 2. Synchronous live sessions




Distance learning


Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
+41 (0)22 379 56 50




Registration deadline

18 December 2024


Total fees: CHF 1’700.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 400.-
There is no available scholarship for this programme.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Manage and lead people according to the essential principles of diversity, inclusion and duty of care
  • Adopt best practices for informed and critical decision-making
  • Identify your preferred leadership style and argue your choice


Professional in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in leadership and people management, as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences

Professional from any other sectors (private, academic, etc) and graduate student with relevant volunteer or intern experience who wish to increase their understanding of leadership and people management in the humanitarian field


Structure of the course

• Sectorial and organisational leadership
• Conflict and team management
• The figure of the leader and manager
• Emotions in the workplace
• Stress management
• Remote management
• Peer-to-peer exercises


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


Claire BARTHELEMY, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

Admission criteria

  • 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

More information about the admission process is available on our application page.


Application File

  • Copy of identity document or passport
  • Passport photo (.jpg format)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (explaining what is the reason why you apply for this course and how will the acquired skills help you in your career)
  • Copy of the highest educational qualification obtained
  • Copy of work certificate or official document of the current job position
  • Proof of English language level
  • Employer's funding agreement, if applicable
  • Employer's letter of support (recommended)
  • Scholarship application form (if applicable). Please refer to

More information about the application process is available on our application page.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages