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 operationalise 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:
• Understand the key concepts and basic issues underpinning all forms of sexual violence in conflict and emergency settings
• Conceive an intervention centred on sexual violence victims/survivors’ rights, needs and wishes
• Design activities contributing to sexual violence prevention and risk mitigation.


Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

• Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, debate, group work)
• Approximately 30 hours of self-study time (pre-readings, reflexive analysis, case study)

A 3-5-page essay for the participants who would like to earn the 2 credits ECTS


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
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Risk Mitigation
  • 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 Coordinator "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)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).


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



  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesDates October-November, final dates to be announced
  • Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergenciesDuration TBC
  • 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 To be announced