At the end of the CAS, participants will have developed the relevant skills to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects related to AAP in line with the specificities of each context.
More specifically, participants will be able to:
• Define the AAP concept and relate it to other humanitarian values
• Explain the origins of the concept of AAP and discuss its boundaries
• Identify and juxtapose types of accountability (upward vs. downward; formal vs. informal, normative vs. operational etc.)
• Understand the philosophical, conceptual underpinnings of responsibility, accountability, and moral principles in humanitarianism
• Argue on the primary and secondary expected outcomes of AAP
• Differentiate the institutional ingredients of AAP
• Understand how organizational cultures impact accountability mechanisms on the local/ national/ regional and global level
• Plan and conduct the evaluation of the AAP strategy in a humanitarian project
• Appraise their project organization and team through the AAP lens
• Formulate evaluation strategies and tools adapted to their project/organization
• Design recommendations useful for their organization/project enhancing practically AAP
Online (combination of self-study and live sessions, plus a residential session in Nairobi, Kenya (12 – 18 June, 2023)
Around 250 hours of work, including:
- E-learning courses (self-study)
- Live sessions
- Individual and group work: readings, videos, pool surveys, self-tests, case studies, reflexive analysis, forum discussions, etc.
Module I: The origins and evolution of AAP
Week 1: What is accountability to affected people (AAP)? (3- 9 April 2023)
Week 2: Accountability as a relationship (10-16 April 2023)
Module II: Actors in AAP
Week 3: Accountability as culture: certifications and standards (17-23 April 2023)
Week 4: Accountability as evaluation of performance. The role of donors (24-30 April 2023)
Week 5: Accountability in programming. The practice of professional humanitarians (1-7 May 2023)
Week 6: Accountability in the practice of civic humanitarians (8-14 May 2023)
Week 7: Accountability as transparency: giving account (15-21 May 2023)
Week 8: Accountability as listening: building trust with affected people and taking account (22-28 May 2023)
Week 9: Accountability as flexible response & adaptation (29 May – 4 June 2023)
Week 10: Accountability as assessment and learning: holding to account (5-11 June 2023)
Week 11: Residential session in Nairobi, Kenya (12-18 June)
Week 12: Student presentations of AAP strategies formulated for their project/organization (19 – 25 June 2023)
- Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to improve their provision of humanitarian assistance through accountability lenses.
- Professionals from other sectors (private, academic, etc.) who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian field and develop their competence in accountability to affected people.
For more details on the enrollment process visit this page.
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
English Language Requirements
Please provide a proof of your English language level according to the following conditions:
(1) You are a native English speaker: please provide a copy of your passport.
(2) You have been working for at least five years in English with MSF or ICRC: please provide a copy of the English test you have undertaken internally with your employer.
(3) You do not meet the conditions (1) or (2): please provide an English language level certification. Please refer to https://humanitarianstudies.ch/application/ for recognised tests and scores.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Selection Committee examines the quality of the application and aims to reach a balance between the numbers of men and women, educational profile and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution. 20 candidates maximum are selected each year.
Documents Required For Your Online Enrollment
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of the certificate for the highest qualification you have obtained
- Two letters of reccommendation
- Evidence of your English language competences (TOEIC / TOEFL or equivalent)
- Copies of work certificates from your last job position
- A passport photo (jpg format)
- A scanned copy of the passport.
To submit your application:
- duly fill in the form on the online enrollment platform
- upload all requested documents
- register to the correct programme
You will receive a confirmation by e-mail.
Should you have any question, please contact us at email@example.com
Students are required to have:
– Broadband/high speed connection – 2.5 Mbps minimum.
– Please note that most weekly content and activities is accessible via phone, but a PC/laptop/tablet is preferred
– Microphone and webcam
- Dates 3 April - 25 June, 2023
- Duration 12 weeks
- Location Online and one week residential in Kenya
- Language English
- CREDITS 10 ECTS
- Fee CHF 5,000 (non-DAC countries) / CHF 3,000 (for participants from “least developed”, “low income” and “lower-middle income” countries, according to the DAC list of ODA recipients)
- Application Deadline 5 March 2023