Certificate of Advanced Studies: Designing strategies and projects for humanitarian action

I. 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.

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • 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 and fundamental elements of a specific crisis context
  • the type of humanitarian interventions, humanitarian dilemmas and humanitarian options
  • the main trends and issues related the aid sector (effectiveness, accountability, …)

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to

  • analyze a context and the characteristics of a crises
  • 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 with an outcome perspective
  • communicate and negotiate with stakeholders as well as facilitate participative processes

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to

  • choose and adapt best options in challenging and moving complex contexts
  • analyze and critically review strategies of intervention 
  • integrate quality and accountability in all processes
  • position yourself as a manager and behave with responsibility

II. Structure

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)

III. Programme

  • 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


10 ECTS credits. Once obtained, they are valid for a period of 5 years during which they can be used to complete the Master of Advanced Studies.