This certificate addresses the essential components that guarantee the qualitative management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion, do no harm, accountability or participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.


At the end of the CAS, participants will be able to apply a qualitative framework in order to manage projects and teams in line with local and international prerogatives.

More specifically, following the Result-Based Management approach and taking into account ethical issues, specificities of contexts and organisations’ mandate:

  • Participants will be able to manage people according to the key principles of leadership for diversity and inclusion.
  • Participants will be able to design and implement dignifying, participative, coordinated, safe and creative humanitarian projects
    • Analyse humanitarian contexts
    • Assess needs and capacities
    • Plan and program responses
    • Monitor and evaluate progresses, results and situation
  • Participants will be able to critically review existing projects and people management practices.

Programme content and dates

  • Initialisation (16-17 September)
  • Module 1: Leadership and People Management (18 September – 2 October)
  • Module 2: Analysing humanitarian contexts (5-16 October)
  • Module 3: Assessing needs and capacities (19-23 October)
  • Module 4: Planning projects and their monitoring systems (26-30 October)
  • Module 5: Programming resources and implementing interventions (2-13 November)
  • Module 6: Safety and Security – Piloting risks (16-20 November)
  • Module 7: Monitoring and evaluation (23-26 November)
  • Closure and Final assignment (27 November – 4 December)



Around 250 hours of work in total including:

  • Pre-readings
  • Distance-learning (online lectures and live sessions)
  • Individual and group work



  • 5 weeks
  • 20 hours workload per week
  • Including live sessions (2 hours per day)


  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

For more details on the enrollment process visit this page.

Admission Requirements

  • A university qualification following three years of study plus relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements

All classes at CERAH are delivered in English. All students must have an excellent command of English. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.

Recognised tests and scores:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language): Internet-test : 100
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) : 7.0
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : B-C
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : B-C

Admissions Process

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.

Enrollment Submission

To submit your application:

  • duly fill in the form on the online enrollment platform
  • upload all requested documents
  • register to the correct programme
  • submit

You will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Should you have any question, please contact us at

  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDates 16 September - 4 December, 2020
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDuration 11.5 weeks
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLocation Online
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLanguage English
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsCREDITS 10 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 5'000
  • Application Deadline 15 August, 2020