Short course Humanitarian Project Cycle Management 2024

This Short Course aims to strengthen the capacities of project managers to design humanitarian responses that focus on sustainable and locally-defined changes. It is based on the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach and provides concepts and tools for each phase of the project cycle.



7 October 2024 - 11 November 2024
2 ECTS credits
50 Distance teaching hours
Around 50 hours of work over 5 weeks, including: • E-learning courses • Live sessions • Individual and group work: readings, case study, reflexive analysis, forum discussions, etc. • Individual coaching/follow-ups • Reflexive analysis (compulsory only for those willing to obtain the ECTS credits) The course can be taken while working providing you can secure around 10 hours on a weekly basis including live sessions and group work in addition to the self-study courses




Distance learning


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




Registration deadline

29 September 2024


Total fees: CHF 1’700.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 400.-

There is no available scholarship for this programme


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

  • Understand the aim and process of an assessment and conduct a problem analysis using the problem tree
  • Plan a project and its monitoring system using the logical framework
  • Program activities using the Performance and Evaluation Review Technique, Gantt chart and table of resources
  • Monitor activities, results and risks
  • Understand the differences between monitoring and evaluation as well as your role as a project manager


Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in project management, as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
Professionals from any other sectors (private, academic, etc) and graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience who wish to increase their understanding of project management in the humanitarian field


Structure of the course

  • Introduction to project cycle management
  • Aim and process of an assessment
  • Problem analysis
  • Planning: RBM and ToC approaches
  • Building a logical framework
  • Building plans
  • Monitoring and Evaluation


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


Sandrine DELATTRE, Practical Intelligence, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
At the end of the course, participants are able to design simple projects going through every step of the project cycle. They relate to the Result-Based Management concept and use the logical framework as a tool.

Pedagogical method

Through a case study, participants will experiment the full project cycle. They will work in small groups and join plenary sessions to revise their progress. Using their current knowledge and additional inputs from the group and the trainer, they will test the various tools and see how an intervention unfolds from the assessment to the evaluation of the results.

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

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)

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

Number of participants

Le nombre de participant-es est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.