Never before have so many people worldwide been dependent on humanitarian action as today. In addition, there is an increasing number of protracted crises, which can strain the capacities of humanitarian organizations for years. In order to be able to provide fast and effective humanitarian action, organizations are expanding their capacities allowing newcomers and career changers to find their way into humanitarian action. Due to the increasing need for humanitarian action, not only the actor landscape itself, but also the collaboration of humanitarian actors is subject to high dynamics. This makes it difficult for newcomers and career changers in particular to gain an overview of the structure and functioning of the humanitarian system. The program "Foundations of Humanitarian Action" provides the most important basics for an entry into the professional field of humanitarian action, which is highly complex and characterized by a multitude of different actors.
With the rising complexity and professionalization of the humanitarian sector, the demands on the staff of humanitarian organizations are also increasing with regard to the successful implementation of humanitarian responses.
In order to meet these requirements, the program provides you with basic competencies in various core areas of humanitarian action. In addition to knowledge of central basic concepts, you will acquire relevant knowledge about the most important actors, forms of financing and coordination mechanisms in the humanitarian system. The program also teaches you skills in implementing existing quality standards. Additionally, you will learn about the international legal framework for humanitarian work and how to apply it to concrete situations. With regards to a successful implementation of humanitarian programming, you will gain skills in the field of management, understand how humanitarian measures can be designed to be impact-oriented from the beginning and monitored on the basis of indicators. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your basic knowledge of humanitarian action by gaining sector-specific expertise.
This certificate program is particularly suitable for newcomers and career changers with little previous experience in humanitarian action. The training is aimed at employees of humanitarian organizations as well as students and professionals of all disciplines who wish to work in humanitarian action. Therefore, no special previous knowledge is necessary but for a definite admission a short letter of motivation is required when registering for the individual courses.
Currently, aha offers courses in German or English. Good language skills are strongly recommended. However, we cannot guarantee that all five courses required to obtain the CAS are available in only one language. Please check the respective course page for the language of instruction of the courses and make sure that you are capable of independent language use (B1/B2 of the European Framework of Reference) of the course language. Otherwise, we will not be able to admit you to the course. The applicable admission requirements for the individual courses can be found on the respective course website.
A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level and obtaining a CAS is two-step procedure. First, you have to complete five courses in ITP format, each with one ECTS-point from the respective subject area. The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track. Afterwards, you can register for the final examination in the form of a 10 to 15 page essay by sending an e-mail to aha-anmeldungen(at)akademie.ruhr-uni-bochum.de with proof of the five completed courses. You will receive all relevant information for the final exam as well as a selection of possible topics for the essay by e-mail. The essay paper is worth an additional 5 ECTS. After you have passed the final exam, we will immediately issue you with a certificate.
To ensure the quality of the courses, there is the possibility to give feedback after each course by means of an anonymous and standardized evaluation procedure. The evaluations are immediately assessed and flow into the qualitative development of the course offer, the selection of trainers and the organization of the program.
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 according to availability. 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. The schedule for your Certificate of Advanced Studies is flexible, just like we are. You can register for any of the unlocked courses that fit in your schedule. You will be the first to know when a new course is offered via our newsletter. You can also decide at any time whether you would like to complete a "Certificate of Advanced Studies" after taking individual courses. It is only important that you take part in the exams of the training. A certificate can usually be acquired within 1 to 2 years.
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