This course aims at providing participants with two main competencies related to advocacy in the humanitarian sector. The first is the critical analysis of the dynamics surrounding operational advocacy for humanitarian responses – including discussions around the positioning of humanitarian actors towards activism and human rights, or the assessment of public campaigns on security and perception. Then, it wishes to provide participants with the overall methodology that composes an advocacy plan. Indeed, even though advocacy strategies can be executed by communication departments, there are designed on the basis of operational needs and therefore operational managers must be able to inform them accordingly.

More detailed information about the programme can be found in this “Course-at-a-glance” document.

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

  • Critically discuss the concept and dynamics of advocacy within the humanitarian sector
  • Explain what are the main components of an advocacy plan
  • Analyse an advocacy context and decide on the most appropriate modes of action


Around 50 hours of work for the two weeks, including:

  • Approximately 25 hours of face-to-face teaching including reflexive practice on real situations faced by participants, panel with experts, and role-plays.
  • Approximately 25 hours of self-paced study time including readings, audio-visual presentations, videos.

Structure of the course

  • Concept of advocacy
  • Specificities of humanitarian advocacies
  • Advocacy contexts
  • Advocacy plan
  • Advocacy modes of action
  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in humanitarian advocacy.
  • Professionals from other sectors (journalism, marketing, PR, policymaking, philanthropy) who wish to increase their understanding of humanitarian advocacy.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course to explore the specificities of advocacy in the humanitarian sector.
  • 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
  • Scanned copy of passport.


More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activismDates 4 - 15 July 2022
  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activismDuration Two weeks
  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activismLocation Online
  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activismLanguage English
  • Humanitarian advocacy: from bearing witness to activismCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1'500
  • Application Deadline 13 June 2022
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: Scholarships are not available for this course.