DAS Effective Management of IOs and NGOs




Program duration

See contact below

Registration deadline

Applications are on a rolling basis depending on availability


36 ECTS credits
288 Teaching hours
Modules can be followed individually


CHF 15000.-


Uni-Mail, Geneva


Prof. Tina AMBOS and Prof. Thomas STRAUB, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Rose ACHEAMPONG, University of Geneva


+41 (0)22 379 89 71


  • Master advanced management skills and practices applicable to intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations
  • Understand risk analysis and decision-making mechanisms
  • Acquire project management skills and set up innovative solutions
  • Strengthen your skills in leadership, team management and negotiations
  • Apply fundamental concepts of change management in complex organizational settings


The program is designed for professionals who work for – or aspire to work for – IOs, NGOs, NPOs or Social Enterprise in managerial positions as well as professionals from the private sector looking for a career shift.


12 modules divided as follows:

6 core-modules (mandatory modules):

  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership and Management in Non Profit Organizations
  • Risk Management
  • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Communication, Fundraising and Advocacy
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Business Plan

and 6 elective modules to be selected from the list below:

  • Governance & Management challenges in the UN system
  • Team Leadership
  • Self-Leadership / Online module
  • Practice of International Relations
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Change Management / Online module
  • Leadership and Strategic Change in the UN
  • Conflict Resolution in Business & Politics
  • Designing Development Projects
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Global Strategy / Online module
  • Business & Society
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • International Law and its Effects on IOs and NGOs
  • International Trade
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Performance & Resource Management in NPOs
  • Global Innovation Management

Download detailed module outlines with dates.

The executive degree “Effective Management in IOs and NGOs” enables participants to develop proven management skills applicable in the context of International Organizations, NGOs, NPOs or social enterprises. The program empowers participants to take on leadership roles and provides a deep understanding of the socio-economic and political environments in which these organizations function. A diverse choice of elective modules allows for full customization of the program to each participant’s individual interests and work schedule.

Admission criteria

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • International exposure

Number of participants

max. 20 participants

Exemplary list:

  • Bruce Jenks, University of Columbia
  • Katherine Milligan, Head and Director, Schwab Foundation, WEF
  • Julian Fleet, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • Susanna Swann, HR Director at EPFL
  • Gregor Henneka, Fundraising Director, UNICEF Indonesia


Opting for the DAS Effective Management of IOs and NGOs has undoubtedly been one of the best decisions that I could ever make. After 10 years working in the Private Sector, I was interested in moving to a new working environment, namely the International Organizations area. I found it important to do this switch in a proper and credible way, through an appropriate and relevant degree program. This Executive Degree has been the perfect fit for me: I was able to learn from highly educated and extremely professional professors, lecturers and special guests sharing their experiences from the field. This in itself was just an extraordinary learning process, which makes this degree very special and fulfilling.

Cecile Giraud, 2015-2017 participant working now at International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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