While critically reviewing the current theories and practices of humanitarian leadership and people management, this executive short course aims to ascertain the leadership capacities of participants and discover their preferred management style. In plenary sessions or peer-to-peer sessions, discussions and exercises will question emotional competencies, authority vs authoritarianism, stress management and institutional vision. Licensed coaches, humanitarian professionals and psychologists will accompany participants in an approach that considers the human-being in each worker.

Objectives of the course

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



Around 20-25 hours of work each week, including:

1. Asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, etc.)
2. Synchronous live sessions


Structure of the course

• Sectorial and organisational leadership
• Conflict and team management
• The figure of the leader and manager
• Emotions in the workplace
• Stress management
• Remote management
• Peer-to-peer exercises





  • 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.

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 22 April – 24 May 2024
  • Humanitarian Leadership and People ManagementDuration 3 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 26 March, 2023