CAS in Humanitarian Interpreting
InZone's Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Humanitarian Interpreting is designed for field interpreters, interpreters working for humanitarian organizations, and members of the diaspora hoping to utilize their language and cultural skills to facilitate humanitarian communication.
Building off InZone's decade of experience training humanitarian interpreters - many of whom work with less widely used languages - this course trains and certifies interpreters with experience in the field so that they can provide better humanitarian interpretation in conflict and post-conflict settings.
Certification and training increase mobility from one humanitarian organization to another and expand the pool of professional talent for humanitarian organizations that rely on quality communication to implement programmes in the field. They also provide the grounding that refugee interpreters need to build a new career when resettled in a foreign country and rejoining the diaspora communities.
The CAS is a continuing education course delivered 100% online in partnership with DisasterReady.org using InZone's proven virtual learning environment, which is available in a standard desktop and mobile version. The course is accredited by the University of Geneva's Continuing Education Service and builds on the InZone Basic Course, offered in a blended format since 2009.
The brainchild of a refugee learner, the InZone MOOCs4Peace Center is designed to help refugees acquire knowledge related to conflict resolution, which they can apply to their communities using applied drama approaches developed as part of the Center’s training program. A blended learning approach adopts human-centered methodology for non-formal higher education in emergencies. After taking MOOCs onsite at the Center, learners participate in a series of forums and workshops on interpersonal and intercultural conflict management, developing communication and negotiation skills to turn differences into opportunities. The Center’s long-term goal is to offer learning pathways that will allow students to complete each MOOC with academic credit from partnering universities.
MOOCs currently on offer in the MOOCs4Peace Center In French and English:
- Le bien, le juste, l’utile (Université de Genève - Coursera)
- Introduction aux droits de l’homme (Université de Genève - Coursera)
- Children’s Human Rights (Université de Genève - Coursera)
In English and Arabic:
- Global History Lab (Princeton University - Princeton-Geneva partnership program)
This Basic Medical Training course aims to provide healthcare workers in Dadaab refugee camp with high-quality, medical tele-education certification to complement their practical work. The program includes an introduction to basic medical sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, and key knowledge about the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of relevant medical conditions frequently encountered in Somalia and Kenya.
The program is divided into two main blocks: Basic Medical Sciences and Human Pathology. It lasts for a total of 10 months (40 weeks, including examinations). The first block covers key principles of biology, anatomy and physiology, while the second, more practical block focuses on acquisition of knowledge about frequent and/or relevant medical conditions in Eastern Africa.
The course launched in mid-February 2017 with 19 refugee learners from different parts of Dadaab refugee camp, most of whom hold jobs in camp hospitals or pharmacies. Learners expressed interest in professional development in light of the possibility of returning to Somalia and helping to rebuild community health systems there. Learners travel to the InZone Learning Hub in IFO camp several times a week to engage in collaborative learning with their peers on-site and the 5 tutors on-line, all of whom are medical students at the University of Geneva's Faculté de medicine.
Since 2011, InZone has organized 9 blended training courses for UNHCR field interpreters in collaboration with the UNHCR. In accordance with InZone’s methodology, the courses were developed following a needs analysis amongst UNHCR interpreters working in different refugee camps and urban UNHCR offices.
The objective of these blended courses is to allow UNHCR field interpreters to enhance their skills in interpreting and in managing the bilingual and bicultural dimension of the refugee status determination process. These courses include contextualized skill development in consecutive interpreting, interview management and humanitarian interpreting ethics. The courses start with a face-to-face training session, followed by 3 months of online activities. Furthermore, InZone offers a seminar for users of interpreting services, i.e. UNHCR officers working with interpreters. The objective is to raise awareness among the users of interpreters about the humanitarian interpreting process and about how best to work with a humanitarian interpreter.
The blended course format was adopted in order to include elements that cannot easily be covered online, for instance role-plays illustrating humanitarian interpreting situations and ethics issues related to specific protection settings as well as live speeches and peer feedback. The courses have involved participants working with a large variety of languages, such as Amharic, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, Kibembe and French. All participants have several years of humanitarian interpreting experience within UNHCR. The courses are evaluated upon completion.
InZone Basic Courses for ICRC
In 2009, two years before the creation of the Centre for interpreting in conflict zones, a first training course for field interpreters working for the ICRC was launched, funded by a special grant from the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN, now SNIS). The development team began by assessing the needs of ICRC's humanitarian interpreters in the field and prioritizing the development of skills, which would be essential for ensuring quality humanitarian interpreting in ICRC contexts. Drawing on this needs analysis, the course covers two main areas: Ethics for humanitarian field interpreters and contextualized consecutive interpreting skills. The course comprises three modules and was taught entirely online for the first two editions. Subsequent editions have been offered in a blended format, similar to the Basic Course format for UNHCR's field interpreters. In total, InZone has organized 6 courses for the ICRC.