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