Humanitarian Distance Learning

i. audience

The course is designed for:

  • Humanitarian middle or senior managers
  • Currently employed as project manager or above functions
  • With at least 2-3 years of experience as project manager or above functions


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

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • The humanitarian sector, humanitarian trends, and professionalization issues and their link with an institutional strategic framework
  • The link between an institutional strategy, an operational strategy, and its concrete implementation
  • The global humanitarian context as well as the sociology of humanitarian actors
  • The fundamental elements of a context, a specific crisis and their influence on an adapted response
  • The type of humanitarian interventions, humanitarian dilemmas, and humanitarian options

Learning outcomes in terms of practical skills - Capacity to

  • Analyse a context
  • Frame an adequate strategy of intervention regarding both a specific crisis and the global strategy of the organization
  • Use specialized problem-solving skills
  • Develop creative and flexible procedures to implement a strategy of intervention
  • Monitor and evaluate strategies and projects
  • Communicate and negotiate with stakeholders as well as facilitate participative processes
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in managing programmes, projects and teams
  • Enhance self-management in a pressured and changing the environment, identifying own strengths and limitations
  • Learn, interact and build personal and collaborative analysis with a distance mode

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to

  • Choose and adapt best options in challenging and moving complex contexts
  • Compare and challenge different approaches from different organizations
  • Assess and consider ethical issues
  • Critically review strategies of intervention
  • Taking decisions in challenging and moving complex contexts


Around 375 hours of individual work, including:

  • E-learning (courses: E-learning modules, videos, documents, educational games, forum discussions, individual and collective work, research, exercises, reflective analysis
  • Face-to-face sessions (lectures, case studies, individual and collective work)
  • Personal work with coaching (reflective analysis, writing, and implementation of an individual plan of action, individual and bilateral work)

Phase 1 "Initialization process"

2 weeks (4 hours/week) by distance

Phase 2 "Foundation: Myself in this training + basic concepts"

1 week (8 hours/week) by distance

Phase 3 "Institutional strategic framework"

3 weeks (8 hours/week) by distance

Phase 4 "Operational strategic framework: Project Cycle Management and related operational stakes"

6 weeks (10 hours/week) by distance

Phase 5 “Decentralized residential session preparing/sharing/strengthening”

4 weeks (96 hours in total) at distance and residential in Uganda

Phase 6a "Deepening my learning and preparing for my PoA design”

11 weeks (8 hours/week) at distance with Coaching

Phase 6b "Deepening my knowledge and my PoA in my current working context" 

6 weeks (8 hours/week) at distance with Coaching

Phase 7 "Closing: recap / evaluation / final feedback"

2 weeks (8 hours/week) by distance

IV. Credits

15 ECTS. Once obtained, they are valid for a period of 5 years. They can be used to complete the Master of Advanced Studies.