Title: Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Geneva Centre for education and research in humanitarian action
Course coordinator: Sandrine Delattre
Claire Barthelemy Diaz Badial
Date start: 2019-02-11
Date end: 2019-03-29
About duration and dates: 7 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: CERAH - 22, rue Rothschild, 1202 Geneva Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 10 ECTS credits
SIT: 300 hours

- Face to face sessions (lectures):210 hours
- Group work in class with tutoring: 50 hours
- Readings (Syllabus, additional readings on our Platform):20 hours
- Personal work (final assessment): 20 hours
Language: English
At the end of the course, participants have developed the relevant competencies to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects in line with the specificities of each context.
They will be able to :

- Analyse a context and the characteristics of a crisis
- Frame an adequate strategy of intervention regarding both a specific context and the global strategy of the organization
- Apply specialized problem-solving skills formulating quality and accountability processes
- Choose and adapt best options developing creative and flexible procedures in challenging and moving complex contexts
- Monitor and evaluate strategies and projects with an outcome perspective
- Communicate and negotiate with various stakeholders as well as facilitate participative processes
Assessment Procedures:
The student is required to attend at least 80% of the face to face sessions.

The final mark is based on three assessments:
1) Active participation during class (engagement during group work and in plenary, relevance of contributions, accurate arguments) 20%
2) Group work on a specific operational strategy of intervention: oral presentation (30%) and written presentation (30%)
3) Individual work (critical analysis of a strategy) 20%

Students receive feedback on all assessments with a mark and detailed comments, as these are considered part of their learning experience.

The course is accredited provided that a rate of 4/6 is reached for the Individual work and provided that the average of 4/6 is reached in the overall rating.

A resit session is organized for students who fail the individual work or do not reach the overall average of 4/6 for the other assessments ( group work- oral and written presentation - and participation in class)
ASSESS AND ANALYSE CONTEXTS AND NEEDS: Strategy framework and context analysis
(Key concepts institutional and operational strategies / Process of designing an institutional strategy / Theory of complexity / Context analysis / Global context and trends within the humanitarian sector influencing the strategic framework / Definition and process of an assessment)

FRAME ADEQUATE OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES: Strategic analysis and decision
(Coordinated need assessment / Sociology of organisations - linking strategic framework with organisational culture / Gender and diversity analysis- strategic and operational framework / The access analysis in conflict situation)

DESIGN PROGRAM AND PROJECTS: Planning and managing programs/projects

(Key concepts for project design / Planning a project / Ethical strategy, ethical action / Anti-corruption in humanitarian action / Livelihood / Participation)

DESIGN PROGRAM AND PROJECTS: Planning and managing programs/projects

(Linking approaches: quality process / Partnership and collaborative leadership / Coordination mechanisms / From early recovery to resilience- the role of preparedness / Do no harm analysis / perception)

DESIGN PROGRAM AND PROJECTS: Programming interventions

(Programming activities (work plan, other programming tools) / The standardization issue: protection activities / Exit strategy and handover / Remote control management / Security management / Fundraising strategy)


(Introduction to M&E concepts / Designing the M&E system: data analysis / Accountability and complaint mechanisms / Creativity and innovation / Quality process)


The analytical criteria framework: strategy review
Learning approach
Conceptual, Theoretical and Practical
Descriptive, analytic, comparative and prospective
Based on Knowledges, skills, analytical competences and «savoir-être»

Learning methods:

Case studies and examples during the course will take into account the three major contexts for humanitarian action: armed conflict / complex emergencies, natural disasters, epidemics.
In addition the interplay between humanitarian action and development activities will be given due consideration.
- Hold a university masters, university bachelors degree or masters from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and be able to provide evidence of a minimum of two years professional experience
- Or hold a university baccalaureate, university bachelors degree or bachelors from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and have five years professional experience
- and have an adequate knowledge of English, i.e. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.
Recognised tests Required score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Internet-test 100
Paper-test 600
Computer-based test 250
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) A-B-C
CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)
(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) AB

More specifically for this course:
• Humanitarian programme/project managers.
• Support managers willing to join the humanitarian sector.
incl. max.24 of students; max. number of 6 TropEd students
- Students are required to send a complete registration file that contains:
1. Completed CERAH application form
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Copy of the certificate for the highest educational qualification obtained
4. Proof of English language competence if necessary (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent)
5. Copies of work certificates from last job positions
6. Details of two persons willing to act as referees from current and previous employment
7. A passport photo (jpg format)
-The Selection Committee examines the application.
Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, relevance of previous work experience, personal motivations, professional perspectives and English language skills.

The Selection committee aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience and geographical distribution. A specific attention is given to the candidates personal statement.

The decision is communicated to the student within 2 weeks.
CHF = 5000
EUR = 4521 (indicative)
USD = 5025 (indicative)
GBP = 3436 (indicative)
Scholarships: None
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in October 2016. This accreditation is valid until October 2021.
Email Address: Claire.Barthelemy@unige.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2016-11-03 18:44:55 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2016-11-03 22:56:49 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-10-09 14:21:33 (W3C-DTF)

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