This course focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of sexual violence. The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Handicap International, OHCHR, UNFPA and UNHCR.

Our eight week distance learning course is a unique opportunity to study this critical subject via distance learning. There will be one hour of live online teaching once a week, plus three hours of individual work per week. 

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflict and emergencies
  • Identify and assess the extent and causes of sexual violence in a specific context; and
  • Conceive a programme centred on victims/survivors of sexual violence.


  • Core concepts
  • Introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Survivor-centered response
  • Medical Care
  • Policy and Practice:
  • Pregnancy as a Result of Rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Mitigation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent)
  • Passport photo
  • Scanned copy of passport

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

  • Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and EmergenciesDates 21 October - 9 December, 2020 (15:00 - 16:30 CET)
  • Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and EmergenciesDuration Eight weeks (live sessions every Wednesday, 15:00 - 16:30 CET)
  • 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 14 October, 2020