This certificate addresses the essential components that guarantee the quality 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.

Objectives and competencies

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, specificity of contexts and the organizations’ mandate:

You will be able to:

  • manage people according to the key principles of leadership for diversity, inclusion and duty of care
  • design and implement inclusive and coordinated humanitarian projects
    • Analyse humanitarian contexts
    • Assess needs and capacities of local population
    • Plan and program responses
    • Monitor and evaluate progress and results

You will be able to critically review existing projects and people management practices.

Programme content and dates for the course starting in September 2020

  • Initialisation (16-17 September)
  • Module 1: Human leadership and People Management (18 September – 2 October)
  • Module 2: Analysing humanitarian contexts: Vulnerabilities and Capacities (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 including:

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


  • 11.5 weeks
  • 20 hours workload per week, including live sessions


  • 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 31 January 2022 - 18 March 2022
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDuration 11.5 weeks
  • Certificate of advanced studies: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLocation Online for the Academic Year 2020-2021 Residential for the Academic Year 2021-2022
  • 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 Online for the Academic Year 2020-2021: 15 August, 2020 (expired) Residential for the Academic Year 2021-2022: 31 October 2021