Cartificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects

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This certificate addresses the essential components that guarantee the quality management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion, do no harm, accountability or participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.

Objectives and competencies

At the end of the CAS, participants will be able to apply a qualitative framework in order to manage projects and teams in line with local and international prerogatives.

More specifically, following the Result-Based Management approach and taking into account ethical issues, specificity of contexts and the organizations’ mandate:

You will be able to:

  • manage people according to the key principles of leadership for diversity, inclusion and duty of care
  • design and implement inclusive and coordinated humanitarian projects
    • Analyse humanitarian contexts
    • Assess needs and capacities of local population
    • Plan and program responses
    • Monitor and evaluate progress and results

You will be able to critically review existing projects and people management practices.

Programme content

  • Initialisation
  • Module 1: Human leadership and People Management
  • Module 2: Analysing humanitarian contexts: Vulnerabilities and Capacities
  • Module 3: Assessing needs and capacities
  • Module 4: Planning projects and their monitoring systems
  • Module 5: Programming resources and implementing interventions
  • Module 6: Safety and Security – Piloting risks
  • Module 7: Monitoring and evaluation
  • Closure and Final assignment


Around 250 hours of work including:

  • Pre-readings
  • Live teaching sessions
  • Individual and group work


  • 11.5 weeks
  • 20 hours workload per week

Fee information

5,000 CHF. This covers the course fee only. Additional costs include travel, accommodation and living costs.

For those individuals who pay Geneva taxes for at least one year, there is a grant funding option from the Geneva Canton. Candidates can apply for a “chèque annuel de formation” (training subsidy) which amounts to a maximum of CHF 2,250. A request should be made to the OFPC (office pour l’orientation, la formation professionnelle et continue) before the start of the course. Useful links are at: https://www.ge.ch/organisation/direction-generale-office-orientation-for... https://www.ge.ch/beneficier-cheque-annuel-formation A video guide can be found here: http://www.citedesmetiers.ch/geneve/Cite-des-metiers-du-Grand-Geneve/For...

How to register

For more details on the enrollment process visit this page or go directly to our enrollment platform at https://apply.humanitarianstudies.ch/index.php/Home/login

Admission Requirements

  • A university qualification following three years of study plus relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements

All classes at CERAH are delivered in English. All students must have an excellent command of English. 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 full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.

Recognised tests and scores:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language): Internet-test : 100
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) : 7.0
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : B-C
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : B-C

Admissions Process

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Selection Committee examines the quality of the application and aims to reach a balance between the numbers of men and women, educational profile and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution. 20 candidates maximum are selected each year.