Executive Short Courses in Management

managing staff in humanitarian crises

Executive Short Course: Managing Staff in Humanitarian Crisis

Next session: new dates for 2021 to be announced

Recent developments have pushed humanitarian actors to adapt their policy, revising measures to be taken to expose their staff to risks and adopt integrative decision-making processes. Participants will identify best practices that are relevant to their own management style, context and organisation.


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

  • Adapt staff management practice to the latest evolutions of the Duty of Care concept.
  • Link organisational frameworks and impact on teams and individuals
  • Identify challenges and responses in promoting specific issues: security, gender and diversity, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), distance management, stress
  • Link management styles to team’s performance and motivation


  • 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 - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Course coordinator

André PICOT, Geneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action