This executive short course has a dual objective to build students’ practical skills to design, implement and monitor projects using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as well as build their critical and reflexive skills on the topic of cash and voucher assistance.

In recent years, CVA has emerged as a key game changer in the way humanitarian assistance is implemented, especially as CVA is becoming a common modality to deliver relief. The use of cash and vouchers is not new, and examples date back to the 19th centuries. However, CVA has only become mainstream recently. Despite this global favourable environment, 7 out of 10 humanitarian organisations report having difficulties finding staff with this skill set.

A printable “course-at-a-glance” document is available here.

Objectives of the course

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

  • Explain the different cash and market related concepts and terminologies;
  • Discuss the state of cash-related evidence and current Global policy dialogues triggered or encompassing CVA;
  • Decide if cash and voucher assistance is an appropriate modality to cover sectoral or multi-sectoral needs in a given humanitarian context;
  • Identify output, outcome and process related indicators to measure the success of a project using cash as its delivery modality;
  • Discuss the extent to which the increased uptake of cash and voucher assistance is shaking up the overall humanitarian coordination architecture;
  • Assess the comparative risks cash can pose or expose especially in light of data protection and AML/CT regulations.

 

Workload

Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

  • 20 hours of face-to-face teaching over a consecutive 5-day period including lecture, debate, group work and role play.
  • 30 hours of self-study time including e-learning, reading, self-reflection.

 

Structure of the course

The course will adopt a thematic approach, with each of the five day tackling a specific theme:

  • Day 1: Concepts, terminology, global policy dialogues on CVA and CVA Feasibility
  • Day 2: Sectoral & multi sectoral evidence, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Day 3: Calculating the transfer value and choosing the delivery mechanism
  • Day 4: Risk Management, Data protection and compliance vis a vis Anti Money Laundering and CT regulations
  • Day 5: Operational models to deliver CVA, Value for Money and Cash coordination
  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian settings
  • Professionals from other sectors (marketing, bank system, project management, policy making, donor agency, government officials) who wish to increase their understanding of cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian responses?
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

Non-professional audience should possess, as a pre-requisite, a good command of the project cycle management and of the way the humanitarian arena function (who are the different stakeholders, what is the typical architecture of a humanitarian response, etc.).

  • Helene Juillard Helene Juillard Designation: Course Coordinator "Cash Transfer Assistance in Humanitarian Crises: What works?"

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  3. excellent command of English;
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector.

Non-professional audience should possess, as a pre-requisite, a good command of the project cycle management and of the way the humanitarian arena function (who are the different stakeholders, what is the typical architecture of a humanitarian response, etc.).

 

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).

 

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

 

 

As a Centre which prides itself on being agile, it is with pleasure that we can announce that all our upcoming short courses in 2021 will be available to online and residential students. We are adapting not only to the current global challenges linked to COVID19, but also to the increasing aim to make our courses as inclusive as possible by making more available online.
  • participants can choose either a residential or online option
  • participants inside Europe can choose residential, but they have to follow the sanitary restrictions when they travel to Switzerland (PCR test or quarantine)
  • participants outside of Europe need to choose online (no visas are available at the moment)
  • Participants should expect approximately four hours of live sessions per day – they will be scheduled between 9am – 4pm Geneva time (the exact schedule will be communicated 10 days before the course)
  • All live lecture sessions will bring online and residential participants together (both groups combined)
  • Break out groups online (for online students)
  • Break out groups face to face (for residential students)
  • Other material (videos, readings etc.) available online
  • Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian crises: what works?Dates 31 May - 4 June 2021
  • Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian crises: what works?Duration 1 week
  • Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian crises: what works?Location Online or Geneva
  • Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian crises: what works?Language English
  • Fee CHF 1'500
  • Application Deadline 2 weeks before the start of the course. For candidates who need a VISA: 6 weeks before the start of the course.