This critical course is back as a residential course in Geneva! Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and learn from your peers and experts face-to-face at our modern, state-of-the-art teaching premises in the centre of Geneva.

The overall objective of this executive short course is to provide humanitarian mid-level and senior managers with the knowledge, competencies and skills required to conceive and operationalise a multidisciplinary approach in sexual violence prevention and response, both adapted to conflict and emergency settings and as an integral part of humanitarian operations. The course deepens participants’ understanding of sexual violence, its root causes and contributing factors, and its impact on individuals and communities. The content adopts a survivor-centred and comprehensive approach to the core principles, challenges and practices by exploring multi-sectoral responses, including health, MHPSS and justice. Participants will be able to conceive safe and ethical interventions and will be competent to prevent and mitigate risks of sexual violence.


  • Deepen understanding of sexual violence dynamics, its root causes and contributing factors, and its impacts on individuals and communities
  • Conceive safe and ethical multi-sectoral interventions centered on victims/survivors’ rights, needs and wishes
  • Design activities contributing to sexual violence risk mitigation and prevention

More information is available in this printable “Course-at-a-glance” document.

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Structure of the course:

  • Core concepts and introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Survivors voices and Networks
  • Ethics and Methods of Data Gathering
  • Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys
  • Medical Care
  • Pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Risk Mitigation

All participants are provided with all the readings discussed in the course, dozens of other resources on the topics addressed, 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.

  • Mid-level and senior 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.

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


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

  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings (Session I, Geneva)Dates 6 - 10 March 2023
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings (Session I, Geneva)Duration 1 week
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings (Session I, Geneva)Location Geneva
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings (Session I, Geneva)Language English
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings (Session I, Geneva)CREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1,700
  • Application Deadline Application closed