The course’s overall objective is to provide mid-level and senior humanitarian managers with the knowledge, competencies and skills required to conceive multidisciplinary survivor-centred interventions in sexual violence prevention and response, both adapted to specific contexts and as an integral part of humanitarian operations. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Deepen understanding of sexual violence, its root causes and contributing factors, and its impacts on individuals and communities.
  • Comprehend the core principles, challenges and promising practices of a survivor-centred approach to health, MHPSS, justice and other multi-sectoral responses
  • Conceive safe and ethical interventions centred on victims/survivors’ rights, needs and wishes, and competent to prevent and mitigate risks of sexual violence

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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


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
  • Pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Risk Mitigation
  • Survivors Voices and Networks

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 SettingsDates 6 - 10 March 2023
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency SettingsDuration 1 week
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency SettingsLocation Geneva
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency SettingsLanguage English
  • Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency SettingsCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1,700
  • Application Deadline 29 January 2023
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: Scholarships are not available for this course.