This course aims to strengthen the capacities of teams implementing humanitarian projects in the field, design interventions and measure results. It introduces the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach and its application in project management.

The course provides concepts, tools and tips to analyze problems, define coherent results-chains, identify appropriate indicators and assumptions, prepare for smooth implementation and set-up relevant Monitoring & Evaluation systems.

Two online options are available for this course:

Option A: Humanitarian Project Cycle Management (HPCM): 19 October – 26 November 2020

This course is for those students interested in the entire project management cycle. In this instance you take four sessions covering all phases of the PCM.

Workload: 50 hours spread over 5 weeks of courses and reflexive analysis.

ECTS credits: 2

Option B: Short version “Project planning”: 19-30 October 2020

This course is for those students specifically interested in project planning. In this instance you can take the two sessions covering the phases “planning” and “assessment” of project cycle management.

Workload: 25 hours spread over two weeks of courses plus 1 week to finalise your reflexive analysis.

ECTS credit: 1

For more details on the two options please read the PCM programme.

Course Fees

Option A – HPCM course (4 sessions. 50hrs in total. 2 ECTS credits): CHF 1,500

Option B – Short version “Project planning” (2 sessions – 25hrs in total. 1 ECTS credit): CHF 750

We offer a 20% discount for our strategic partners.

For more insight into this course read the blog written by the course coordinator Sandrine Delattre


At the end of the course, you will be able to manage a project following the Result-Based Management approach.

More specifically you will be able to:

  • understand the aim and process of an assessment and conduct a problem analysis using the problem tree
  • plan a project and its monitoring system using the logical framework
  • programme activities using the PERT (Performance and Evaluation Review Technique), Gantt Chart and table of resources
  • monitor activities, results and situation
  • understand the differences between monitoring and evaluation as well as position yourself as a project manager during an evaluation.


Course delivery

The course is composed of online modules, live group sessions and individual follow-ups.

The emphasis is put on practice and experience sharing. You will work on a case study to build a project as we go through the various phases of the project management cycle. You will benefit from group and individual support. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your own experience and practice.

  • Junior and middle humanitarian project managers (1-3 years of experience in such position)
  • Managers willing to join the humanitarian sector and in need of understanding the specificity of project management in this field.

For more information about the enrollment process visit this page.

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport

More information about the admission process can be found on our application page.

  • Humanitarian Project Cycle ManagementDates 19 October to 26 November, 2020 or 19-30 October, 2020
  • Humanitarian Project Cycle ManagementDuration 6 weeks (P/T) or 2 weeks (P/T)
  • Humanitarian Project Cycle ManagementLocation Online
  • Humanitarian Project Cycle ManagementLanguage English
  • Humanitarian Project Cycle ManagementCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1,500 (6 weeks) or CHF 750 (2 weeks)
  • Application Deadline Applications closed