CAS Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

Cyprus

Eastern Mediterranean University, 99628, Famagusta, North Cyprus
17th May - 26th May

Detailed Program

The difficulties facing humanitarian actors are growing as crises become more complex and uncertainties more numerous. Adaptation to context, comprehensive and systematic understanding, critical thinking are part of the preconditions in order to develop creativity and set relevant, qualitative and accountable responses.

This certificate aims to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to confront current challenges faced by humanitarian actors working in complex environments. It emphasizes on designing adapted and flexible strategies and projects which integrate quality and accountability throughout all processes. At the end of the CAS, you will be able to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects in line with the specificities of each context. You will be able to provide coherent, flexible and creative humanitarian responses taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives and the organization’s mandate.

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to design and adapt humanitarian strategies and projects in line with the specificities of each context.They will provide coherent flexible and creative humanitarian responses taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives and the organizations mandate.

Audience

Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiencesProfessional from other sectors who wishes to deepen their understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector Post-graduate student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action.

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of:

  • The link between an institutional strategy, an operational strategy and its concrete implementation
  • The global humanitarian context as well as the sociology of humanitarian actors and fundamental elements of a specific crisis context
  • The type of humanitarian interventions, humanitarian dilemmas and humanitarian options
  • The main trends and issues related the aid sector (effectiveness, accountability)

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to:

  • Analyse a context and the characteristics of a crises
  • Frame an adequate strategy of intervention regarding both a specific crisis and the global strategy of the organization
  • Use specialized problem-solving skills
  • Develop creative and flexible procedures to implement a strategy of intervention
  • Monitor and evaluate strategies and projects with an outcome perspective
  • Communicate and negotiate with stakeholders as well as facilitate participative processes

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to:

  • Choose and adapt best options in challenging and moving complex contexts
  • Analyse and critically review strategies of intervention
  • Integrate quality and accountability in all processes
  • Position yourself as a manager and behave with responsibility

Programme 14 intensive days (around 96 hours) of individual work including:

  • Face to face sessions (lectures, role play, working groups, field work)
  • Personal work (personal readings, personal research, writing)
  • Day 1 & 2: Context analysis and strategic framework
  • Day 3 & 4: Assessing needs and capacities
  • Day 5 & 6: Planning projects and their monitoring system (I)
  • Day 7 & 8: Planning projects and their monitoring system (II)
  • Day 9 & 10: Programming interventions
  • Day 11 & 12: Monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Day 13 & 14: Critical review of strategies and projects