The overall objective of this course is to provide mid-level and senior managers the knowledge and skills required to conceive a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the complex needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, and independent human rights experts.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, you 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


The online course is a combination of online live interactive lectures and self-directed learning.
Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:
• Approximately 16 hours of live sessions (2 hours per week during 8 weeks, on Zoom)
• Approximately 3-4 hours of self-study time each week (videos, readings, offline group discussions etc.)
• 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 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.

  • Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and EmergenciesDates 2 March - 27 April 2022
  • 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 CHF 1,500
  • Application Deadline 9 February 2022
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: N/A