Our courses focus on strengthening the competencies of humanitarian professionals. Prospective students can select from a wide variety of courses in terms of length, discipline and format, with flexible and modular options for professionals to deepen their knowledge. Thematic priorities for our courses are developed in close consultation with the Centre’s academic and humanitarian partners, including ICRC and MSF.

A BLENDED APPROACH

Our MAS programme embraces a blended approach:

  • The Executive Diploma in Humanitarian Action (DAS), Term 1, is a 100% residential programme in Geneva, with intensive face-to-face classes, workshops and external learning activities (visits and conferences).
  • The Executive Certificate in Humanitarian Action (CAS), Term 2, as well as our Executive Short Courses (ESC), Term 3, are online. They include a combination of asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, written exercises, quizzes and wikis) and synchronous live sessions and group work.

The flexibility of our programme offers multiple entry points: eligible students can choose to do the MAS, the DAS, the CAS, or one of our ESC courses.

ONLINE COURSES

Every online course includes live sessions 2-3 times per week. The classes take place via Zoom, in the afternoon (Central European Time), for 2.5 hours.

Online courses require 20-25 hours of dedicated work per week. We recommend that participants allow at least 50 per cent of their time for the online courses and adapt their professional work accordingly.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

We will continue to develop our course offer for humanitarian professionals who cannot travel to Geneva or prefer to have face-to-face sessions. As a bilingual Centre, we also want to offer diversity in the language of learning.

Starting in 2022-2023, we will explore the possibility to:

  • Organize courses as face-to-face sessions in regional hubs, such as Lebanon, Turkey, Kenya or Colombia.
  • Offer courses in French.

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Master

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action

About this course

8 September 2022 – 31 October 2023 – Applications open in October 2021

BLENDED LEARNING (4 months residential in Geneva, the remainder online)

This Executive Master programme is a unique blended learning postgraduate course on humanitarian action. It provides current and future humanitarian professionals with the managerial, theoretical and practical skills needed to optimize responses to humanitarian crises. The course is delivered in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/executive-master-in-humanitarian-action/

Diploma

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Diploma

Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action

About this course

8 September – 12 December 2022 – Applications open in October 2021

RESIDENTIAL COURSE IN GENEVA

This diploma aims to offer professionals a critical understanding of the humanitarian system and response, learning from history and various other disciplines and an ability to contextualize humanitarian action in today’s world.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/diploma-of-advanced-studies-in-humanitarian-action/

Certificate of Advanced Studies

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Certificate of Advanced Studies

Certificate of advanced studies in Humanitarian Action: Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects

About this course

10 January 2022 – 1 April 2022

Application deadline: 30 November 2021

This certificate addresses the dynamics and components that guarantee the quality management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion and diversity, do no harm, accountability and participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management. The course benefits from guest lecturers from various partner organisations including MSF, SPHERE, HQAI, CHS Alliance and Terre des Hommes.

 

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/certificate-of-advanced-studies-quality-management-of-humanitarian-projects/

Executive Short Course

Online course

Executive Short Course

Sexual violence in conflict settings and emergencies

About this course

29 September – 24 November 2021

Application deadline: 8 September 2021

The overall objective of the course is to provide mid-level and senior humanitarian managers with the knowledge, competencies and skills required to conceive multidisciplinary survivor-centred interventions in the field of sexual violence prevention and response, both adapted to specific contexts and as an integral part of humanitarian operations. The course is delivered in partnership with ICRC, MSF, Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, UNFPA and independent human rights experts.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/sexual-violence-in-conflict-settings-and-emergencies-3/

Online in partnership with CCHN

Executive Short Course

Negotiation in Humanitarian Crises

About this course

15 – 26 November 2021

Application deadline: 24 October 2021

This online training, delivered in partnership with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), focuses on the design of adapted negotiation strategies in humanitarian settings, as well as the development of participant’s self-awareness. It links real situations experienced by participants with the latest concepts around humanitarian negotiation, meaning negotiations aimed at securing access, assistance and protection for civilians facing humanitarian emergencies.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/negotiation-in-humanitarian-crises-online/

Online course

Executive Short Course

Humanitarian Leadership and People Management

About this course

17 – 28 January 2022

Application deadline: 19 December 2021

While critically reviewing the current theories and practices of humanitarian leadership and people management, this executive short course aims at ascertaining the leader that you are and situating your preferred style of management.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/humane-leadership-people-management/

Online course

Executive Short Course

Humanitarian Project Cycle Management

About this course

21 February – 25 March 2022 (Full version)

21 February – 11 March 2022 (Short version)

Application deadline: 30 January 2022

This executive course aims at strengthening the capacities of project managers to design humanitarian responses that focus on sustainable and locally defined changes. The course is based on the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach and provides concepts and tools for each phase of the project cycle.

 

 

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/humanitarian-project-cycle-management/

Online course

Executive Short Course

Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies

About this course

2 March – 27 April 2022

Application deadline: 9 February 2022

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.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/sexual-violence-in-conflict-settings-and-emergencies/

Executive Short Course

A relationship at stake: media and aid organisations

About this course

25 April – 6 May 2022

Applications deadline: 3 April 2022

The relation between aid agencies and international/local media is often ambivalent yet vital for public and operational outcomes. This course aims at exploring the theoretical and practical issues and implications of this challenging relationship.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/humanitarian-reporting-and-media-training/

In partnership with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation

Executive Short Course

Negotiation in Humanitarian Crises

About this course

9 – 20 May 2022. 

Application deadline: 17 April 2022

This training, delivered in partnership with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), focuses on the design of adapted negotiation strategies in humanitarian settings, as well as the development of participant’s self-awareness. It links real situations experienced by participants with the latest concepts around humanitarian negotiation, meaning negotiations aimed at securing access, assistance and protection for civilians facing humanitarian emergencies.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/negotiation-in-humanitarian-crises-geneva/

In partnership with UNFPA and LSHTM

Executive Short Course

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises

About this course

23 May – 3 June 2022.  

Application deadline: 1 May 2022

This executive short course is an intensive training, given by academic staff and humanitarian practitioners, which focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in humanitarian crises, using specific methods and tools.  This course is delivered in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/sexual-and-reproductive-health-in-humanitarian-crises/

Online in French

Executive Short Course

Gestion du cycle d’un projet humanitaire

About this course

30 Mai – 1 Juillet 2022 (Version complète)
30 Mai -17 Juin 2022 (Version courte)

Application deadline: 8 May 2022

Cette formation vise à renforcer la capacité des coordinateur.trice.s de projets à concevoir des réponses humanitaires qui apportent des changements durables et définis localement. Le cours utilise l’approche de la Gestion Axée sur les Résultats (Results-Based Management (RBM) en anglais) et propose des concepts et outils pour chacune des phases du cycle de projet.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/gestion-du-cycle-project-humanitaire/

New course!

Executive Short Course

Cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian crises: what works?

About this course

6 – 17 June 2022

Application deadline: 15 May 2022

This executive short course has a dual objective to build students’ practical skills to design, implement and monitor projects using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as well as build their critical and reflexive skills on the topic of cash and voucher assistance.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/cash-transfer-assistance-in-humanitarian-crises-what-works/

Executive Short Course

Health Systems Assessment in Humanitarian Crises

About this course

20 June –  1  July 2022. 

Application deadline: 29 May 2022

The primary purpose of this intensive executive short course, based on the book published by Professor Blanchet ‘Applied Systems Thinking for Health Systems Research’ is to familiarize participants with a health systems approach to healthcare for communities in low and middle countries affected by humanitarian crises.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/health-systems-assessment-in-humanitarian-crises/

In partnership with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at LSHTM

Executive Short Course

Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Settings

About this course

5 –  16 September 2022

Application deadline: 14 August 2022

This executive short course focuses on the particular challenges presented by non-communicable diseases in emergencies, as well as the design of adapted and effective projects to address non-communicable diseases. The course is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/non-communicable-diseases-in-humanitarian-settings/

8-week online course

Executive Short Course

Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies

About this course

14 September – 9 November 2022. 

Application deadline: 24 August 2022

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.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/sexual-violence-in-conflict-settings-and-emergencies-2/

Executive Short Course

Protection of civilians, from humanitarian to peace operations

About this course

19 – 30 September 2022 

Application deadline: 28 August 2022

The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to the protection of civilians, with a focus on conflict and post-conflict environments. It provides insight on both theory and practical realities and applies critical thinking on concepts, principles and professional practices most common amongst protection actors in humanitarian or peace operations.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/protection-of-civilians/

Executive Short Course

Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies (Uganda)

About this course

28 November – 2 December 2022 (Residential in Uganda)

Application deadline: 30 October 2022

The overall objective of this residential course in Uganda 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.

Read More ➔https://humanitarianstudies.ch/education/sexual-violence-in-conflict-settings-and-emergencies-uganda/