Using lectures, case studies and discussions with professionals in humanitarian advocacy, develop strategic skills to better analyse specific contexts, map stakeholders, and design effective advocacy strategies in support of operational humanitarian projects. The course uses three methodologies: theoretical sessions, meeting of advocacy experts, group work on case studies.

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:

  • Understanding of the different objectives and steps of an advocacy strategy
  • Ability to analyse a context in order to design an advocacy strategy
  • Capacity to design an advocacy strategy using tools and methods seen in class.


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

• Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, group work)
• Approximately 30 hours of self-study time (readings, reflexive analysis)

Structure of the course

• Concept clarification, limits and constraints of advocacy
• Step by Step approach for advocacy
• Stakeholder mapping
• Group work on case studies
• Practical experiences of advocacy experts

• Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in advocacy.
• Professionals working in the communication, advocacy or journalism fields who wish to gain specific knowledge of humanitarian advocacy before changing their professional career towards humanitarian action.
• Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

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.


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
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian ActionDates 26 - 30 April, 2021
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian ActionDuration One week
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian ActionLocation Online or Geneva
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian ActionLanguage English
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian ActionCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • 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.