Thematic Short Courses (TSC)

Thematic Seminars on Humanitarian Action

CERAH’s thematic short courses are one-week, intensive, and focus on specific issues relevant to humanitarian practitioners.

These highly interactive courses allow participants to analyze a range of issues of high importance to contemporary humanitarianism. They are led by senior academics and experienced humanitarian professionals, who guide students to develop their analytic skills and acquire practical tools.


All Thematic Short Courses, by topic:


Thematic Seminar: Project Cycle Management
Thematic Seminar: Management, Leadership and Coaching

Project Cycle Management
January 23 to 27, 2017

The short course is designed for practitioners who wish to acquire tools for the planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian projects using a results-based management approach.

Team Management in Humanitarian Settings
2018 (exact dated tbc)

The short course addresses the need to reinforce competences in human resources management within the growing complexity of humanitarian interventions.

Management, Leadership, Coaching
2018 (exact dated tbc)

The short course aims to strengthen the core human resource competencies of project and programme managers working in humanitarian environments.

Crisis Management
2018 (exact dated tbc)

The short course will help you to acquire the fundamentals of risk, security management and legal considerations affecting humanitarian organisations today.

Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation

Thematic Seminar: Advocacy for Humanitarian Projects in Health
Thematic Seminar: Designing an Advocacy Strategy
Thematic Seminar: Communication

Communication in Humanitarian Settings
December 5 to 9, 2016

This short course will help you to differentiate between communication and negotiation, and their specific challenges in humanitarian contexts, and to define a basic negotiation strategy with a case study.

Advocacy for Humanitarian Projects in Health
January 9 to 13, 2017

The general objective of the short course is for participants to acquire the tools and skills necessary for effective advocacy of humanitarian interventions in the area of health.

Dialogue with Communities
February 20 to 24, 2017

The short course is designed to allow participants to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of challenges, opportunities and limits of the dialogue with communities.

Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian Action
February 27 to March 3, 2017

The objective of the short course is for participants to acquire the tools and skills necessary to develop an effective advocacy strategy in support to operational humanitarian projects.

Media and Humanitarian Action - Approaches and Challenges
March 6 to 10, 2017

This short course allows participants to develop a global knowledge and understanding of the media landscape, analyze existing approaches between stakeholders and optimize interactions as an aid actor.

Negotiation in Humanitarian Settings
March 20 to 24, 2017

This short course is structured around lectures, case studies and discussions, which aim at strengthening the negotiation knowledge and skills of HQ and field managers.


Thematic Seminar: Nutritional Crises - Origins, Consequences and Interventions
Thematic Seminar: Violence and its Impact on Health
Thematic Seminar: Chronic Diseases and the Humanitarian ResponseThematic Seminar: Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies

Nutritional Crises: Origins, Consequences, Interventions
May 8 to 12, 2017

This short course presents an overview on nutritional crises, their origins, consequences and interventions.

Sexual and Reproductive Health
May 15 to 19, 2017

Provides mid-level or senior managers (health coordinators, public health professionals) an understanding of SRH issues in emergencies, and develops skills to implement a minimum set of SRH interventions at the onset of an emergency, as an integral part of health assistance programmes.

Chronic Diseases in Humanitarian Contexts
May 29 to June 2, 2017

This short course discusses the concept of chronicity and identifies the main chronic diseases. The particular challenges presented by chronic diseases in emergency and/or unstable settings will be discussed through several examples.

Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies
21 to 25 November, 2016 (Uganda - in English)
20 to 24 March, 2017 (Geneva - in English)
04 to 08 September, 2017 (Geneva - in French)

Sexual violence is the most immediate and dangerous type of gender-based violence occurring in acute emergencies. This course will provide mid-level and senior managers the skills required to develop a multidisciplinary approach to prevent and mitigate sexual violence and adapt the operational response to specific contexts. This course is also available in French.

Séminaire sur le thème des violences sexuelles en situation de guerre et d’urgence
04 - 08 Septembre 2017 (EN FRANCAIS)

En situation d’urgence aiguë, les violences sexuelles sont le type le plus immédiat et le plus dangereux des violences fondées sur la question du genre. L’objectif du cours est de fournir aux responsables intermédiaires et cadres supérieurs les compétences nécessaires pour développer une approche multidisciplinaire qui puisse prévenir les violences sexuelles.

Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
October 2017

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the main health problems encountered in humanitarian crises. Analyse various response strategies adressing the health needs of affected populations.


Thematic Seminar: Negotiation in Humanitarian Settings
Thematic Seminar: Team Management
Thematic Seminar: Legal Environment of Forced Migration

Legal framework of Humanitarian Action
October 2017

An introduction to international human rights law, the law governing the recourse to armed force among states and international humanitarian law as they pertain to humanitarian action.

Special Protection Challenges and International Law
May 8 to 12, 2017

Examines how international law can protect and further the rights of so-called vulnerable persons or groups, including those whose plight is not formally recognized in legal instruments.

International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice
May 15 to 19, 2017
Presents an introduction of international criminal law and international transitional law. In addition to giving participants a historical and theoretical overview of these branches of law, it aims to provide a critical approach to international justice - today primarily presented as criminal law.

Legal Framework of Forced Migration
May 22 to 26, 2017

Built on lectures, case studies and discussions, use of a documentary film, and a visit to the United Nations in Geneva, the seminar aims at strengthening the legal responses of humanitarian actors and international lawyers to forced migration.


Context of Humanitarian Action

Thematic Seminar: Values, Ethics and Dilemmas in Humanitarian Action
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History of Humanitarianism
(next edition in September 2017)

Since the 21st century, history has become a pivotal tool to analyze current dilemmas in humanitarian action. Historical developments of humanitarianism since the 18th century are crucial to understand how the humanitarian system was shaped, how it has evolved in and out of the Western sphere, and what it came to embody.

Anthropology and Intercultural Aspects of Humanitarian Action
November 2017

The short course offers anthropological and intercultural approaches to understand the conceptual triangle of the individual, interaction and aim as embedded in the context of humanitarian action.