This Certificate 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.

The course benefits from guest lecturers from various partner organisations, including MSF, SPHERE, HQAI, CHS Alliance and Terre des Hommes.

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


At the end of the course, 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 concerns, 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

A printable “Course-at-a-glance” with a more detailed course schedule is available here.

Please also view the introduction video below.


Online (combination of self-study and live sessions)

Live sessions

All live sessions are in a group and mandatory – Usually from 13h00 to 15h30 (CET)

Depending on the module, there will be 2 to 5 live sessions per week


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.



  • 5 weeks
  • 20 hours workload per week


Course content

  • Module 1: Humane leadership and People management (10 – 25 January 2022)
  • Module 2: Analysing humanitarian contexts: Vulnerability and resilience (26 January – 04 February)
  • Module 3: Safety and security: Piloting risks (07 – 11 February)
  • Assignment 1: 14-16 February
  • Module 4: Assessing needs and capacities (17-25 February)
  • Module 5: Planning projects and their monitoring systems (28 February – 11 March)
  • Module 6: Programming resources and implementing interventions (14 – 23 March)
  • Assignment 2: 24-25 March
  • Module 7: Monitoring and evaluation (28 – 31 March)
  • Closure and Final assignment (01 – 08 April)



  • 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.
  • Claire Barthélémy Claire Barthélémy Designation: Course Director "Humanitarian Leadership and People Management"; CAS Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects
  • Sandrine Delattre Sandrine Delattre Designation: Course Director" CAS Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects", "Humanitarian Project Cycle Management"

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

All classes at the Centre 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
  • Duolingo: 100.

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 in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDates 10 January 2022 - 8 April 2022
  • Certificate of advanced studies in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsDuration 12 weeks
  • Certificate of advanced studies in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLocation Online
  • Certificate of advanced studies in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsLanguage English
  • Certificate of advanced studies in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian ProjectsCREDITS 10 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 5'000
  • Application Deadline Applications closed. New dates for 2023 to be announced soon.
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: Scholarships are not available for this course.