Executive Short Courses in Health in Humanitarian Settings


Thematic Seminar: Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies


Next sessions:

17 June - 5 August, 2020 - online distance learning course

21-25 september 2020, Geneva

22-27 november 2020, entebbe (uganda)

This executive short course focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of sexual violence.

This course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Handicap International, OHCHR, UNFPA and UNHCR.



Our eight week distance learning course is a unique opportunity to study this critical subject via distance learning. There will be one hour of live online teaching once a week, plus three hours of individual work per week. The full ONLINE programme can be downloaded here.


general Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflict and emergencies
  • Identify and assess the extent and causes of sexual violence in a specific context; and
  • Conceive a programme centred on victims/survivors of sexual violence.


  • Core concepts
  • Introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Survivor-centered response
  • Medical Care
  • Policy and Practice:
  • Pregnancy as a Result of Rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Mitigation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation


  • 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.


2 ECTS recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).


Mid-level and senior-level managers with experience or plans to work in conflict and emergency settings. Prerequisites for the course are a university bachelor's degree (or equivalent), and at least 3 years of professional experience.


Dr. Sara L.M. DAVIS, Geneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action