CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDIES: Designing strategies and projects for humanitarian action


Certificate of Advanced Studies – Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

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This certificate aims to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to confront current challenges faced by humanitarian actors. It focuses on designing adapted and flexible strategies and projects which integrate quality and accountability throughout all processes.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects in line with the specificities of each context. They will provide coherent flexible and creative humanitarian responses taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives and the organization's mandate.


7 intensive weeks (around 300 hours) of individual work including:

  • Pre-readings
  • Face to face sessions (lectures, role play, working groups, field work)
  • Personal work (personal readings, personal research, writing)
  • Week 1: Context analysis and strategic framework
  • Week 2: Assessing needs and capacities
  • Week 3: Planning projects and their monitoring system (I)
  • Week 4: Planning projects and their monitoring system (II)
  • Week 5: Programming interventions
  • Week 6: Monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Week 7: Critical review of strategies and projects


  • 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.


10 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Course Coordinator

Sandrine DELATTRE, Practical Intelligence.