CAS: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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

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Start choosing your courses today!

Basics of Humanitarian Action

German

January 2021

1 ECTS

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INFORMATION: This course is fully booked. Please register for a different course.

This course will introduce you to the basics of humanitarian aid. In the three-day online course, you will learn what you need to start a career in humanitarian work. From terminology to legal basics and quality ensurance, we will cover a lot of reallife examples and look at case studies to understand the major challenges and work areas of humanitarian action.

Please note: This course will be held in German and requires at least a working level of German language skills. For more information check the German section of this page (choose language settings at the right hand corner).

Introduction to the Mechanisms of Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

English

February 2021

1 ECTS

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INFORMATION: This course is booked up, please register for a different training.

Mechanisms for anticipatory humanitarian action, such as Forecast-based Financing (FbF), enable early action before extreme weather events occur through the use of forecasting models and risk data as well as the rapid availability of funds. In this way, humanitarian consequences of disasters can ideally be mitigated and the response time and efficiency of humanitarian efforts can be improved.

In this three-day online course, participants will gain an overview of the opportunities and limitations of anticipatory humanitarian action using Forecast-based Financing as an example. They will learn about existing examples of the us of extreme weather forecasts and become familiar with the basics of setting thresholds ("trigger levels") to enable anticipatory humanitarian action.

The training sessions will be held in English and include regular breaks.

Introduction to Project-cycle Management (MEAL)

April 2021

1 ECTS

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The solid implementation of the project processing cycle often proves to be a central challenge for the success of a project, even for experienced project managers. In this course we will take a closer look at MEAL: Monitoring - Evaluation - Accountability - Learning. You will learn how to develop good indicators for humanitarian projects and how to write a successful project proposal on this basis. We also discuss how to monitor projects based on your indicator design and how to report project progress to your donors. We will at all times keep the project impact in mind and how we can measure it thoughout the project and after.

This training is held in April 2021. More information will follow shortly.

Basics of the Humanitarian System

German

April 2021

1 ECTS

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INFORMATION: This course is fully booked. Please register for a different course.

In this course we will explore the international humanitarian system and its actors in depth. The course complements the "Basics of Humanitarian Action" course and puts actors, mechanisms of finance and coordination into the focus. It is recommended to follow both courses for a well prepared career start into humanitarian aid, but taking the courses seperately is also possible.

Please note: This course will be held in German and requires at least a working level of German language skills. For more information check the German section of this page (choose language settings at the right hand corner). The training is planned as an online course and includes regular breaks.

Sphere Training

German

May 2021

1 ECTS

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The Sphere Handbook presents a principled approach to quality and accountability in humanitarian response. This basic training course provides an introduction to the Sphere Handbook with the basic principles of humanitarian aid - the Humanitarian Charter together with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the Protection Principles - and the technical standards in the four sectors WASH, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and health. The training focuses on the practical application of the manual in concrete humanitarian situations. To this end, numerous small group exercises are conducted.

Basics of Humanitarian Action

September 2021

1 ECTS

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In this course participants learn the basics of humanitarian aid. Special attention is given to international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles. On the basis of case studies, participants can actively deal with different situations in which humanitarian principles play a central role and/or are endangered.

Please note: Together with the course "Basics of the Humanitarian System" this course forms the starter package in humanitarian aid. Participation in both courses is recommended.

Introduction to Humanitarian Needs Assessments and Analysis

English

November 2021

The course aims to introduce participants to processes, skills and knowledge required to design and implement Asessment and Analysis (A&A) processes and make sense of available information in humanitarian emergencies. Therefore, it relies on the broad experience of ACAPS using guidance from ACAPS Technical Briefs and the Humanitarian Needs Assessment – The Good Enough Guide (GEGA) as backdrops. The pedagogical approach will follow a mixture of introductory presentations and group work, using virtual break out rooms, shared folders, etc.

Sphere Training

German

December 2021

1 ECTS

The Sphere Handbook presents a principled approach to quality and accountability in humanitarian response. This basic training course provides an introduction to the Sphere Handbook with the basic principles of humanitarian aid - the Humanitarian Charter together with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the Protection Principles - and the technical standards in the four sectors WASH, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and health. The training focuses on the practical application of the manual in concrete humanitarian situations. To this end, numerous small group exercises are conducted.

The training is designed as face-to-face training. Depending on the current situation, the training can be switched to an online format.

Basics of the Humanitarian System

February 2022

1 ECTS

© Aktion-Deutschland-Hilft

The humanitarian system is highly complex and not easy for newcomers to understand. Participants receive an introduction to the most important basics of the humanitarian system. The central actors are introduced as well as coordination mechanisms, different forms of funding and basic standards and obligations of humanitarian aid.

Please note: Together with the course "'Basics of Humanitarian Action" this course forms the starter package in humanitarian aid. Participation in both courses is recommended.