While critically reviewing the current theories and practices of humanitarian leadership and people management, this executive short course aims at ascertaining the leader that you are and situating your preferred style of management. In plenary sessions or peer works, we will discuss and exercise emotional competencies, authority vs authoritarianism, stress management and institutional vision. Licensed coaches, humanitarian professionals and psychologists will accompany you in an approach that takes into account the human being in each worker.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Manage and lead people according to the essential principles of diversity, inclusion and duty of care
  • Adopt best practices for informed and critical decision-making

Identify your preferred leadership style and argue your choice

A printable Course-at-a-Glance” can be found here (please note that this document refers to the 2022 edition of this course).

Structure of the course

  • Sectorial leadership
  • Leadership in organisations
  • Partnership and collaborative leadership
  • The leader
  • Governance & decision-making
  • Person and team management


Around 50 hours of work over 2.5 weeks, including:

  • E-learning courses
  • Live sessions
  • Individual and group work: readings, videos, pool-surveys, self-tests, case studies, reflexive analysis, forum discussions, etc

Live sessions

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

There will be five live sessions per week (from Monday to Friday)





  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in leadership and people management, as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from any other sectors (private, academic, etc) and graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience who wish to increase their understanding of leadership and people management in the humanitarian field.
  • Claire Barthélémy Claire Barthélémy Designation: Course Director "Humanitarian Leadership and People Management"; CAS Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects

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)
  • Copy of your highest diploma
  • Work certificate or official document of your current job position
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details here
  • Scanned copy of passport.




  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementDates 9 - 29 January 2023
  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementDuration 2.5 weeks
  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementLocation Online
  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementLanguage English
  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1,700
  • Application Deadline 18 December 2022
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: There are no scholarships available for this course.