Certificates

We offer three different certificates: the „Certificate of Attendance“, the „Intensive Training Program“ and the „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (CAS). Being a university, Ruhr-University Bochum is able to award ECTS credit points which can be recognized in other study programs. Certified trainings can be conducted by the aha as well as external providers. Our modular approach allows for a matching of “Intensive Training Programs” to a “Certificate of Advanced Studies”. All certificates will be awarded by the aha.

Certificate of Attendance

For any course taken with full participation (at least 85 per cent of the entire course), you will receive a participation certificate. You do not need to take any course exam. This is recommended for anyone wishing to participate in single courses only and not following a module program.

Intensive Training Program

The „Intensive Training Program“ comprises 3-5 days of training  (min. 24 hours) and ends with an exam. Again, you will have to participate in at least 85 per cent of all sessions that the course comprises. If you pass the exam, you will earn 1 ECTS credit point. These certificate courses can be recognized for a  “Certificate of Advanced Studies” or a later master’s degree. Training courses can largely be taken independently of one another.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” (CAS) is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 ECTS. Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) (5 ECTS) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“. The courses can be mixed according to your needs based on our core tracks. We offer CAS for three core tracks: Foundations of Humanitarian Action, Anticipatory Humanitarian Action or Locally-Led Humanitarian Action. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

CAS: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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Foundations of Humanitarian Action

Never before have so many people around the world been in need of humanitarian assistance as today. In addition, there are more and more protracted crises that strain the capacities of humanitarian organizations over the years. As a result, more newcomers and career changers find their way into humanitarian aid. The “Foundations of Humanitarian Action” program provides you with the most important basics for entering the professional field of humanitarian action.

The humanitarian system is highly complex and shaped by a large number of different actors. Due to the increasing need for humanitarian assistance, not only the actors themselves but also the cooperation between humanitarian actors is subject to high dynamics. This makes it difficult, especially for newcomers and career changers, to get an overview of the structure and functioning of the humanitarian system.

As part of the program you get to know key terms, essential quality standards as well as legal foundations of humanitarian action. You will furthermore receive an overview of the most important actors, forms of financing for humanitarian projects and coordination mechanisms in the humanitarian system. In addition, basic knowledge in the management area is included in the program. You learn how projects are planned and monitored based on indicators and how projects can be designed to be impact-oriented from the start.

Equipped with this knowledge you can start your endeavour in the humanitarian world.

Learning Objectives

  • Create awareness for the legal foundations of humanitarian action
  • Enhance knowledge of the priciples and standards of humanitarian action
  • Enable students to navigate through the humanitarian system
  • Learn about best practices and proven tools and approaches in the management of humanitarian projects
  • Understand the most important debates in the humanitarian sector and learn to reflect them critically

Teaching and Learning Methodology

  • Online and on site trainings
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Group presentations

Audience

The advanced training is aimed at staff of humanitarian organizations and students and professionals, regardless of their specialization, who want to work in humanitarian action. Prior knowledge is not required for this, but a short letter of motivation is necessary when registering for the individual courses for definitive admission.

Language

Courses are taught in English and German. Fluency in both languages is strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that the five courses required to obtain the CAS will be available in one language only.

Accreditation

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 credit points according to ECTS (10 ECTS). Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (5 ECTS). The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track.  Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

Location

The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated in the course section.

Application and Fees

You need to apply for each individual course of your certificate via the registration button in the course section. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Spots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If a course is fully booked, kindly register for another one. Course participants must cover the costs for own transportation, meals besides the course catering, and accommodation. A list of cost-effective accommodation options can be provided by the course organizers.

Schedule

Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. Either register for all your courses today, or do it one by one and sign up for the certificate later. It's flexible, just like we are.

Information

If you have any questions, please contact us via the help button in the right hand corner of this page.

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CAS: Locally-led Humanitarian Action

Locally-Led Humanitarian Action

This program offers important insights into one of the most pressing issues in humanitarian action – the need for a stronger localization and better integration and participation of populations affected by crises. Localization has become a buzzword in the humanitarian sector. A key commitment of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and resulting Grand Bargain, localization aims at making humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary. Responding to demands to make humanitarian responses more efficient and inclusive, localization requires a wide range of changes of the ways in which humanitarian organizations are working as well as the structure and functions of the humanitarian sector.  Over the last years humanitarian organizations have sought to live up to their commitments and reformed their way of working – so far with limited progress.

The reason for this are significant challenges and there is still a great need among humanitarian organizations for practical methods that involve the affected population in the planning and implementation of their various humanitarian interventions. For many NGOs, it is a great challenge to find new local partners from a distance with whom they can implement humanitarian projects. Many organizations are unsure how to address difficult issues with their partners without endangering the partnership. There is also uncertainty about the role German humanitarian organizations will play in the future and how they can shape the partnership with their local partner organizations.

This program will introduce you to the concept of localization and offers a range of courses that provide you with practical tools and inspiring ideas that you can use in order to make a difference and contribute to a more inclusive, locally-led humanitarian system.

Learning Objectives

  • Create awareness for the importance of localization in the humanitarian sector
  • Enhance knowledge of commitments and major obstacles for implementing localization in the humanitarian sector
  • Learn about best practices and proven tools and approaches to localization and participation
  • Exchange with other professionals about best-practice localization and partner work

Teaching and Learning Methodology

  • Online and on site trainings
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Group presentations

Audience

The program is designed for staff of humanitarian organizations with several years of experience in humanitarian action or in development cooperation. We also admit a limited number of junior professionals who are currently employed by a humanitarian organization.

Language

Courses are taught in English and German. Fluency in both languages is strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that the five courses required to obtain the CAS will be available in one language only.

Accreditation

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 credit points according to ECTS (10 ECTS). Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (5 ECTS). The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track.  Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

Location

The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated for each course in the course section.

Application and Fees

You need to apply for each individual course of your certificate via the registration button in the course section. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Spots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If a course is fully booked, kindly register for another one. Course participants must cover the costs for own transportation, meals besides the course catering, and accommodation. A list of cost-effective accommodation options can be provided by the course organizers.

Schedule

Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. Either register for all your courses today, or do it one by one and sign up for the certificate later. It's flexible, just like we are.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us via the help button in the right hand corner of this page.

Start choosing your courses today!

CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

The importance of anticipatory humanitarian action has been firmly anchored in humanitarian practice at least since the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. Among the most relevant concepts are “Forecast-based Financing” (FbF), “Forecast-based Action” (FbA) and “Early Warning, Early Action” (EWEA). The ultimate goal of anticipatory humanitarian action is to predict disasters and their effects in order to provide the necessary support for communities at risk and to enable early action even before disaster strikes. In recent years, individual actors have generated innovations in this field and thus achieved positive results. This program is intended to make anticipatory approaches accessible to a broader target group and to integrate these approaches into the humanitarian mainstream.

This program will introduce you to the concept of anticipation and offers a range of courses that  provide you with practical tools and inspiring ideas that you can use in order to make a difference and contribute to a more anticipatory and less response-oriented humanitarian system.

The program will not only address the possibilities and limits of anticipatory humanitarian action, but will also introduce you to the instruments that are available to anticipate disasters and their consequences. A particular focus is on the role of geo-data in anticipatory humanitarian action and how this data can be collected, used and analyzed. The challenges of planning and applying these instruments in different contexts will also be considered.

Learning Objectives

  • Create awareness of the importance of anticipation in the humanitarian sector
  • Learn about proven tools and approaches to anticipatory humanitarian action
  • Enable participants to critically reflect on the limits of these approaches

Teaching and Learning Methodology

  • Online and on site trainings
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Group presentations

Audience

The program is designed for staff of humanitarian organizations with several years of experience in humanitarian action or in development cooperation. We also admit a limited number of junior professionals who are currently employed by a humanitarian organization and have at least 6 month of field experience. In individual cases, experienced persons with other qualifications can be considered.

Language

Courses are taught in English and German. Fluency in both languages is strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that the five courses required to obtain the CAS will be available in one language only.

Accreditation

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 credit points according to ECTS (10 ECTS). Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (5 ECTS). The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track.  Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

Location

The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated for each course in the course section.

Application and Fees

You need to apply for each individual course of your certificate via the registration button in the course section. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Spots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If a course is fully booked, kindly register for another one. Course participants must cover the costs for own transportation, meals besides the course catering, and accommodation. A list of cost-effective accommodation options can be provided by the course organizers.

Schedule

Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. Either register for all your courses today, or do it one by one and sign up for the certificate later. It's flexible, just like we are.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us via the help button in the right hand corner of this page.

Start choosing your courses today!