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06 Jul International Summer School in Forced Migration, July 2015

Applications are invited for the 2015 International Summer School in Forced Migration. Now in its 26th year, the Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Please note: Last year's course was heavily oversubscribed, so we encourage you to apply early in order to avoid disappointment.

Closing date for applications: 1 May 2015

Closing date for receipt of all course fees: 15 May 2015

For all enquiries, please contact Tara-Sienna Hartman at

Click here to download the course brochure

The Summer School is intended for:

  • Mid-career and senior policymakers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.
  • Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.

This year we will be welcoming an exciting roster of expert tutors and guest lecturers to the course. For more details, please visit:

Course structure

Over three weeks, the course looks at the complex phenomenon of forced migration from a number of different angles. Mandatory core modules normally include:

  • Conceptualising Forced Migration
  • The globalisation of forced migration
  • Asylum policy and international refugee law
  • Negotiating institutional responses
  • Internally Displaced Persons

Three optional modules for 2015 (participants choose one) are likely to include:

  • Human smuggling: legal, political and ethical perspectives
  • Palestinian refugees and international law
  • Psychosocial support for forced migrants

For more information, please visit:

Full course details including how to apply, entry requirements and fees can be found at: For all enquiries, please contact Tara-Sienna Hartman at


09 Jun Evaluation of Humanitarian Action, Geneva 9-11 June 2015

GRM Internationalin association with Channel Researchwill be hosting the annual 3 day Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) training workshop in Geneva from 9 – 11 June 2015.

The aim of the course is to make evaluations more effective in contributing to the improved performance of humanitarian interventions and to enhance the quality of the evaluation process.

The course is facilitated by highly experienced evaluators and trainers, Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who also co-authored the ALNAP guide. (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)). There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants.

This course is recommended for evaluators, managers and users of evaluations.

Previous evaluation experience is not necessary, but some knowledge and experience of humanitarian action is required. Registration details are available at this link: EHA or email

Programme Outline

  • The purpose of EHA - What is the reason for evaluating humanitarian action? What can evaluation achieve?
  • Initiating and planning EHA - What steps should you take to commission and plan an evaluation?
  • Evaluation Criteria - What are the standard evaluation criteria? What do they mean?
  • Frameworks for evaluation - What frameworks can you use to assess performance against broader policies and standards?
  • Evaluation methods - What are the typical evaluation methods in EHA and how do you choose between them? a) Qualitative methods , b) Quantitative methods
  • Management - How can you manage the evaluation process to produce a robust evaluation? What challenges are you likely to encounter?
  • From Data to Reports - How do you turn the findings from your fieldwork into a useful evaluation report?
  • Use and dissemination of EHA - How can you promote real change based on your evaluation?
  • Ethics - What ethical dilemmas are you likely to face and how can you deal with them?

Learning outcomesof the course are to achieve:

  • Greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of EHA, and of the principal challenges of doing EHA.
  • Better understanding of evaluation criteria and of the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated.
  • A practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through on evaluations of humanitarian assistance.

About the Trainers:

Margie Buchanan-Smithworks as a consultant, trainer/facilitator and coach in the international humanitarian aid sector, with expertise in both natural disasters and conflict-related emergencies. She is an experienced evaluator of humanitarian relief operations, for international NGOs, donor governments and UN agencies, and has participated in a number of joint agency evaluations. In 2008 she was one of two reviewers for ALNAP’s meta-evaluation of joint evaluations. Margie has worked as a policy researcher on humanitarian issues for many years and has also direct experience of managing humanitarian assistance programmes having been head of ActionAid’s Emergencies Unit for three years and acting Policy Director for one year. Since going freelance, Margie has developed a successful coaching business. She is particularly interested in approaches that facilitate individual and organisational learning.

John Cosgraveis a resourceful and goal-oriented, multi-sectoral professional with strong evaluation, assessment and communication skills. He has excellent training, planning, project management and problem solving expertise. Mr Cosgrave has twenty-seven years of broad experience in over forty countries covering all aspects of managing both relief and development.

John’s learning from experience, reviews, and evaluations feeds into the training that he does. He has experience of course design and evaluation; of designing and delivering training materials and of facilitation and mentoring. His key experience is with developing and delivering training not only for international staff but also for national staff in developing countries or at international venues. His training is largely based around participatory methods, founded on a core of teaching of key concepts, tools and information. John has developed an extensive library of presentations and exercises in the areas he has trained in.

What past participants had to say:

“I will recommend this training wherever I go, it would be most useful for any programme staff.” Tania Breams, Desk-Federal Public Service, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Belgium

“Thank you! Very good course which well deserves its excellent reputation.” Kashka huyton, consultant

“I would highly recommend this course. It look at evaluations holistically – with a strong emphasis on practical guidance.” Hannah Reinhardt, Emergencies, M&E and Accountability Advisor, Save the Children UK

“I would note it as very useful and enjoyable to participate and recommend it amongst my peers.” Yusuf Luiz Caires, Senior Manager, Country Programs, CARE Dubai

“Thorough, participatory to the right level, flexible and really useful to programme staff, not just M&E people” Claire Sayce, Emergency Programme Officer, CARE International UK

About GRM

GRM International, Channel Research, Futures Group, theIDLgroup, and the Effective Development Group comprise the GRM Futures Group of global development solution providers. We offer a range of courses to meet the needs of those working in international development. Details of courses are available at: Our experience comes from managing more than 700 development projects in more than 140 countries over nearly 50 years. Therefore our courses focus on tried and tested development fundamentals, as well as the trends that drive social change today and in the future.


  • Course fee is CHF2400 (Swiss Francs)
  • Course fee includes: course & materials, and full board (2 nights’ accommodation)
  • Invitation letters can be issued to support VISA application requirements
  • Course registration deadlines are 4 weeks before the start date of the course.
  • 10% discount - early bird registration for payments received 4weeks before course date.
  • 15% discount to past participants of GRM Futures Group courses
  • 20% discount for full-time students, self-funding/ freelance participants, Local/ Small NGOs and Groups of 3 or more participants

For enquiries please contact the undersigned.

Derrick Sanyahumbi

Manager – Training & Events

GRM Futures Academy  |  GRM Futures Group




16 Jun Monitoring & Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs

The Monitoring & Evaluation for Humanitarian Programs course is a training offered by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. The course aims to provide an overview of the basic principles and methodologies for program monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on practical application for humanitarian researchers and practitioners.

The course will provide concrete conceptual frameworks for mixed methods use (both qualitative and quantitative) in program monitoring and evaluation. Methodological and implementation challenges as well as applications in program assessment, impact, development, interventions, and overall implementation will be discussed. In addition, the course will provide an introduction to the capabilities of the new digital tools, methods and research resources for increasing quality and efficiency of data collection, access, analysis, and visualization.

In addition to the core workshop (Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, June 19) an optional one-day training (additional charge) will be held on Monday, June 15th for those who are new to program monitoring and evaluation and/or new to the humanitarian sector. This day of training is designed to introduce those who are new to this role and/or sector to the key concepts that will enable the participant to engage fully in the workshop.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:

•Understand the principles underlying the selection of an appropriate design for program evaluation and monitoring;
•Understand how to design research tools, identify data sources and methods used to acquire information to assess program impact;
•Able to design a strategy to monitor a program and/or assess impact;
•Critically analyze both the opportunities and the limitations that emerge when working with digital technology for program monitoring and evaluation

More information about the registration process can be found here.


17 Jun Master HOPE in Humanitarian Operations in Emergencies Managing Projects, People, Administration & Logistic in the field

ASVI Social Change, the most important school of professionals in the non-profit sector, is pleased to announce the start of the second edition of the master HOPE in Humanitarian Operations in Emergencies Managing Projects, People, Administration & Logistic in the field.

HOPE is open to all those who wish to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to operate in reducing damage caused by disasters in complex emergencies. The program offers a complete and advanced training on the main challenges and trends in the humanitarian sector, combining a theoretical framework and practice-oriented learning.

It combines both quality and accessibility (affordable cost + study grants) and a sustainable - flexible didactic formula, in order to train and ‘put on the market’ highly skilled professionals and managers.

HOPE is one of the ‘top five’ Humanitarian European Programmes: it includes the Standard Sphere Certification, held in partnership with well-known organizations in the sector, all the teachers come ‘from the field’ being managers in some well-known Humanitarian NGOs in Europe, and the CAREER SERVICE is a core value.

The Director of the Master is Marco Bertotto, Head of Public Awareness - Medici Senza Frontiere (Médecins Sans Frontières).

The duration is 12 months with a blended formula e-learning & webinars+ 7 full immersion meetings of 3-4 days in presence/on field - with about 25 short workshops.

HOPE focuses mainly on management and practice, including field simulations, and personalization: before the end of the programme, students are helped in choosing a more specific professional profile.

Partners: UNHRD, People In Aid, Red Cross, Intersos, Agire, Save the Children, Oxfam.

Career Service: individualcoachingwith the Master’s Directors, CV editing, meeting with the HRM of the NGOs, job vacancy alert.

Certifications: Master Degree plus Specific Profile Certification if requested.Standard Sphere Certification.

For the year 2015, HOPE is restricted to European citizens.

Cost: € 5397 + VAT

Study Grants & Financial Help: 4 study grants of 2000 euros each available

Limited quota programme: max 15 students per intake

The total cost of the Master Programme (VAT included) is 6.584,95 euros.

For any information:



22 Jun Developing interdisciplinary research projects on Humanitarian Action

The Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) is pleased to present its summer school dedicated to research in partnership with the University of Geneva. The course is aimed at PhD students and practitioners who are developing a research project on humanitarian action.

Developing interdisciplinary research projects on Humanitarian Action

  • This course allows researchers and practitioners involved in the humanitarian field to develop and critically analyze their own research project.
  • A unique experience to exchange with colleagues, international faculty and expert practitioners and to draw on various disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • An opportunity to build a research network and discover an international platform of top-ranked researchers in Geneva, capital of humanitarianism.
  • Course Directors: Prof. Doris Schopper and Dr Valérie Gorin
  • June 22 - July 3, 2015
  • Application deadline : May 1, 2015
  • Contact:


28 Jun Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response (28 June - 5 July)

As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection. The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)'s Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response, taught in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), offers such an opportunity.

DATE: 28 JUNE - 5 JULY 2015

The course provides an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. The course is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning, and will feature lectures by distinguished academics and practitioners, with an opportunity for small group discussions and exercises.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to critically reflect on:

  • The changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for policy and practice.
  • Implications of current challenges for leadership in humanitarian action.
  • How the complex nature of conflict and state fragility affect preparations for and responses to humanitarian crises.
  • Political transition, the role of justice and security and stabilisation approaches to complex crises.


"This has been an outstanding course with top quality speakers, top quality subjects, top quality fellow students. VERY IMPRESSIVE!"

"I genuinely appreciated the diversity of my colleagues both in region of work and in technical expertise. Thank you for all your work on this course and for this opportunity."

"A real privilege to hear those guest speakers and to share the forum with fellow delegates from conflict-affected areas."


Professor Mary Kaldor
Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics and author of ‘New and Old wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era’

Dr Luka Biong Deng
Executive Director, Kush Inc., associate fellow at Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former Minister in the Office of the President of South Sudan.

Francesc Vendrell, CMG
Former Head of the UN Special Mission to Afghanistan and Special Representative of the EU for Afghanistan. Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at SAIS and LSE respectively.

Dr Kevin Watkins
Executive Director, ODI and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously was the director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

Professor Tim Allen
Head of the Department of International Development, London School of Economics, and Research Director, Justice and Security Research Programme.

Dr Sara Pantuliano
Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI. Previously led UNDP Sudan’s Peace Building Unit and managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains.

Full programme and speaker list will be available closer to the date.


Fill out the online application form by 10 April 2015. If you have any problems with the form please contact


The fees cover the course tuition, course materials and seven nights’ accommodation.

Participants must pay 50% of the fees by 15 May 2015 to confirm their place. The remaining fee must be paid by 15 June 2015.


Participants will be provided with accommodation at the Goodenough College, situated in the attractive and leafy Mecklenburgh Square in Central London, a 20 minute walk from LSE where the majority of the course will be taking place.


16 Jul Master HOPE in Humanitarian Operations in Emergencies Managing Projects, People, Administration & Logistic in the field

ASVI Social Change, the most important school for professionals in the non-profit sector, is pleased to announce the start of the second edition of the master HOPE in Humanitarian Operations in Emergencies Managing Projects, People, Administration & Logistic in the field.

Hope is the first master in Italy that focuses on the Humanitarian subject, with INTERSOS as Main Partner. The Director of the Master is Marco Bertotto, Head of Public Awareness - Medici Senza Frontiere (
Médecins Sans Frontières).

HOPE' s mission is to educate, through an international approach, professionals and managers engaged in humanitarian assistance.
HOPE is open to all those who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to operate in a responsible and effective operations of prevention and response to reduce the damage caused by disaster in complex emergencies.
The program offers a complete and advanced training on the main challenges and trends in the humanitarian sector, by a practice-oriented operational learning.

The Master is aimed at those who want to work within the NGOs, the UN and other international organizations with strategic operational functions in the field of international humanitarian assistance.

The Master is a one year-course and is divided into 120 hours of lessons in class, 40 hours of workshops and field simulation, 100 hours of group work and 620 hours of e-learning.
An intensive week of field simulation is also provided by the training center UNHRD-WFP in San Vito dei Normanni in Brindisi.

To find out more  visit the page;

Request information on the Master’programme.


Start of Master: 17 June 2015 (welcome on e-learning platform).


Closing of enrolment: 12 June 2015




28 Jul Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course

Humanitarian organizations, international agencies and governments that serve populations affected by crises find themselves increasingly in urban settings. Agencies face new challenges, and some potential advantages, in these complex urban environments and are only just learning how to approach them. These new challenges take many forms: complicated physical layouts, poorly prepared institutions and infrastructure, a mixed target population of refugees and underserved locals. Furthermore, coordination of NGOs, communities as well as local authorities calls for urgent education and training in urban crises.

The Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course is a three-day training organized by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard's Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative to train humanitarian professionals on the current issues and practices involved in this unique and expanding area of research and practice. The course faculty is experienced in humanitarian training and has on-the-ground experience with humanitarian crises in urban areas.

The three-day course will include curriculum covering all aspects of the urban humanitarian environment.

  • Response to Recovery
  • Coordination
  • Communication
  • Assessment and Prioritization
  • Integrated Sectors
  • Finance and Economy
  • Markets
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Delivering Aid
  • Violence and Protection
  • Health
  • Exit Strategy

More information, including information about the registration process, can be found here.



23 Feb Humanitarian Diplomacy Diploma Course (Feb 2015)

We are now accepting applications for the February 2015 session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in cooperation with DiploFoundation. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb, extends the knowledge base and develops practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. In a supportive international online environment, the course familiarises participants with basic definitions, concepts, actors, and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy, introduces international humanitarian law, hones advocacy and negotiation skills, develops participants’ research skills, and increases their understanding of national and regional humanitarian diplomacy activities.

This course is currently offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and the final research paper in French.

The course starts on 23 February 2015. The application deadline is 12 January 2015. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage. Contact us in case of questions. 
What do former participants say about the course?

In this short video, alumni member Sabrina Konzok from the German Youth Red Cross explains the value of the international exchange of ideas and experiences which the course facilitated.

In another video, alumni member Dolf van Muijen from the Netherlands Red Cross explains how the course was both inspiring and enabling due to the interaction with highly experienced tutors and other participants from diverse backgrounds. The course allowed him to take a step back from his day-to-day work to reflect on his practice and how it fits into a wider humanitarian diplomacy strategy.

Margarita Griffith, Learning Officer, America Zone Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Panama, says that ‘both professionally and personally, I now have a broader understanding of the humanitarian world, the fundamental laws and principles, and the different actors who are part of it. This has expanded my thinking about possible partnerships and alliances in order to strengthen my work in the Federation, and the different aspects and steps I need to consider in order to make such partnerships happen.’ Read an interview with Margarita on Diplo’s blog.


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