The Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) is dedicated to research and training for professionals in the humanitarian field.
A joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute, CERAH offers a variety of postgraduate courses and diplomas, adapted to the needs of professionals in the humanitarian sector. It is one of the few institutes dedicated to the study of humanitarian action with modular and flexible academic courses including residential and distance learning programmes.
CERAH provides the opportunity for professionals to deepen their knowledge and skills in both conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action. The Centre promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, and draws on the expertise of a range of academics and practitioners.
Several scholarships are offered to ensure that participants from all over the world are able to access CERAH’s training programmes.
The Centre is committed to the professionalisation of the humanitarian sector, and strives to reinforce the competencies of professionals. By doing this, it contributes to improve the effectiveness and quality of the overall humanitarian response. CERAH also conducts research aimed at fostering critical analysis of the humanitarian sector, reflecting on professional practices, the politics of humanitarianism as well as of humanitarian organisations.
PHAP members receive 10% discount on the fees for the following CERAH courses:
Certificates of Advanced Studies
7-week in-depth programmes on particular thematic areas of humanitarian action, delivered in Geneva.
- Designing strategies and projects for Humanitarian Action (February/March)
- Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation in Humanitarian Action (February/March)
- Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies (April to June)
- People Management in Humanitarian Settings (April to June)
- Legal Environment of Humanitarian Action (April to June)
Blended learning programme HDL (Humanitarian Distance Learning)
Eight-month programme delivered remotely and including a ten-day residential session in Uganda.
Thematic Short Courses
One-week intensive courses on specific issues relevant to humanitarian practitioners, delivered in Geneva.
- Project Cycle Management (January)
- Manager, Leader, Coach (May)
- Team Management in Humanitarian Settings (May)
Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation:
- Advocacy for Humanitarian Projects in Health (January)
- Designing and Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian Action (February)
- Negotiation in Humanitarian Settings (March)
- Communication in Humanitarian Settings (December)
- Dialogue with Communities (February)
- Media and Humanitarian Action: Approaches and Challenges (March)
- Nutritional Crises: Origin, Consequences and Interventions (May)
- Sexual and Reproductive Health (May)
- Chronic Diseases in Humanitarian Contexts (May)
- Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies (course delivered in English and French)
- The Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action (October)
- Special Protection Challenges and International Law (May)
- International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice (May)
- The Legal Framework of Forced Migration (May)
Context of Humanitarian Action:
To submit your application:
- Fill in the form on the online application platform
- Register to program of your choice
- Upload all requested documentation
- Mention your PHAP membership and your PHAP member ID number
- Click submit. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.
In case of questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org