This Certificate in Advanced Studies addresses the dynamics and components that guarantee the quality management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion and diversity, do no harm, accountability and participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.

This programme is 100% online and includes 20/25 hours of dedicated work per week. We recommend that participants allow at least 50% of their time for the course and adapt their professional activities accordingly and with flexibility.


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, 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
  • Critically review existing projects and people management practices



Online (combination of self-study and live sessions)


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.


Course content

  • Module 1: Humanitarian leadership and people management (09 January – 29 January)
  • Module 2: Managing and leading strategies (30 January – 07 February)
  • Assignment (08-15 February)
  • Break (16 – 19 February)
  • Module 3: Assessing Needs and Capacities (20-26 February)
  • Module 4: Planning Projects and their Monitoring Systems (27 February – 12 March)
  • Module 5: Programming Resources and Implementing Interventions (13-19 March)
  • Module 6: Monitoring and evaluation (20 – 26 March)
  • Closure and final assignment (27-31 March)



  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in leadership, people and project management, as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors (private, academic, etc.) who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian field for a potential career change.
  • • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience looking to undertake a postgraduate course with the desire to enter the humanitarian sector.
  • Claire Barthélémy Claire Barthélémy Designation: MA in History // MA in Humanitarian Programme Management
  • Sandrine Delattre Sandrine Delattre Designation: MA in Adult Learning / MA in Humanitarian and Development Aid

For more details on the enrollment process visit this page.

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.

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 for recognised tests and scores.

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

  • Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDates 8 January – 29 March 2024
  • Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDuration 12 weeks
  • Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLocation Online
  • Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLanguage English
  • Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsCREDITS 10 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 5'000
  • Application Deadline 10 December 2023
  • Resources Study Regulations