The overall objective of this executive short course is to provide humanitarian mid-level and senior managers the knowledge, competencies and skills required to conceive and operationalize a multidisciplinary approach to prevention and response of sexual violence in conflict and emergency settings.

The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, UNFPA, and independent human rights experts.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Comprehend the scale of sexual violence in humanitarian settings and the barriers faced by survivors to accessing essential services
• Conceive safe and ethical multi-sectoral interventions centred on victims/survivors’ rights, needs and wishes and competent to respond to the needs of different groups of survivors
• Deepen understanding of sexual violence, its root causes and contributing factors, and its impacts on individuals and communities.

Please find a printable Course-at-a-glance document here.

This course is offered three times a year, twice online for 8 weeks and once as a full residential session in Kampala, Uganda.

Learning process

This online course is organized into 8 modules that will run for 8 weeks. Each week participants have to connect for a 2-hour interactive webinar with experts, and complete readings, written assignments and engage in discussions in small groups.

Online sessions on Zoom will take place every Wednesday 3-5pm CET – First online session: 6 October 2021

All participants are provided with all the readings discussed in the course, dozens of other resources on the topics addressed in the course, and PDFs of all the slide presentations used in class on Moodle, our learning platform.
Upon completion of the course, you will join an alumni network that will enable you to connect with graduates and continuously share knowledge, experiences and resources.


Structure of the course

  • Core concepts and introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Ethics and Methods of Data Gathering
  • Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys
  • Medical Care and Pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Risk Mitigation
  • Coordination
  • Mid-level and senior humanitarian managers currently working directly with victims/survivors of sexual violence, or providing technical advice to or supervision of such programmes.
  • Other participants with relevant experience and expertise may be accepted if space is available.
  • Staff of MSF and ICRC may join for a reduced rate and are asked to apply through their institutional educational programmes.
  • Laura Pasquero Laura Pasquero Designation: Course Director "Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies"

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.



“I was fortunate enough to be part of this course as we are setting up gender and sexual violence response and prevention activities in Borno state, Nigeria. This is has meant that I was able to already feed in some of the learnings into the activity design. As a result of the course, we will, for instance, be implementing more comprehensive support to survivors than previously planned to respond in a more tailor-made way to the needs of each survivor.

More than anything, this course has motivated me to continue seeking ways to improve and extend our programming to support survivors of sexual violence and to prevent it from occurring where possible.

Within my organisation, sexual violence programming is still marginal compared to other sectors. Still, I intend to advocate internally for increased resource allocation to this often underfunded area and strengthen our organisational capacity.”

Alexander Gnädinger, Programme Manager

The content and the course organization, as well as the facilitation, were very impressive. Presenters addressed their topics in a very pedagogical way tailored to adult training and learning needs.

Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergencies as well as in times of peace should be seriously considered as it has several negative impacts on the lives of individuals, whether males or females, but also on communities. It destroys the social fabric and cohesion of communities. As humanitarian workers, we need to be aware of that and anticipate that sexual violence might happen anywhere and anytime.

I was very satisfied with the training. This is an essential course that should be offered to all humanitarian actors, not only for those working specifically on Sexual violence.

Marietou Dia, Sexual Violence Regional Advisor for Africa, ICRC

  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesDates 29 September – 24 November 2021
  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesDuration 8 weeks
  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesLocation Online
  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesLanguage English
  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee Course 1,500 CHF
  • Application Deadline 8 September 2021