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08 Sep Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course

We are now accepting applications for the September 2014 session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online course, offered by DiploFoundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. You can read the full course description at www.diplomacy.edu/courses/humanitarian.

Course details

Humanitarian diplomacy is persuading decision makers and opinion leaders to act, at all times, in the interests of vulnerable people, and with full respect for fundamental humanitarian principles. The rapid expansion of the number of humanitarian actors in recent years, working for or with governments at all levels and often in complex situations, makes humanitarian diplomacy increasingly important. Humanitarian diplomacy aims to mobilise public and governmental support and resources for humanitarian operations and programmes, and to facilitate effective partnerships for responding to the needs of vulnerable people. Humanitarian diplomacy includes advocacy, negotiation, communication, formal agreements, and other measures. It is a field with many players, including governments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector, and individuals. The Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course is offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with DiploFoundation. Course faculty draws on leading experts from around the world, as resource people and guest lecturers. Enabling Action 2 of Strategy 2020 commits the IFRC to 'pursue humanitarian diplomacy to prevent and reduce vulnerability in a globalised world'. The online course will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy.

Who can apply

  • Red Cross and Red Crescent National Society governance, senior management, volunteers, and staff
  • IFRC and ICRC staff
  • Other professionals who need to employ humanitarian diplomacy techniques

Please note that this course is quite demanding in terms of time and commitment, requiring seven to ten hours of study time per week. Before you apply, please consider carefully whether you can commit the necessary time in order to complete the course successfully. Where appropriate, please make sure you obtain the endorsement of your line manager to attend this course.

Methodology

The Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Network has developed partnerships with academic institutions on humanitarian diplomacy, management and capacity building, disaster management and global health. This 12-week course in humanitarian diplomacy is conducted entirely online, making the Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Network environment accessible through web-based techniques developed by DiploFoundation. The course consists of two phases: an interactive online course lasting eight weeks, immediately followed by a four-week research phase. Participation in the course requires approximately seven to ten hours of study time per week. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a diploma issued by DiploFoundation and the IFRC. This qualification will also be recognised with Red Cross Red Crescent credits, awarded under the IFRC Learning Passport as determined by the Learning Reference and Standards Committee.

Prerequisites

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate university degree; or at least two years of work experience in the humanitarian or development field.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language to undertake postgraduate-level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and writing academic essays).
  • Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).
  • Sufficient time for online study, which requires seven to ten hours per week.

Fee

The fee is €950 per participant, due upon acceptance into the course. A limited number of partial bursaries will be available to selected candidates from developing countries who work or volunteer with their local RCRC National Society. Please indicate if you are requesting a bursary in your motivation letter.

How to apply

Please apply online for this course at: http://learn.diplomacy.edu/registration/index.php Please upload the following three supporting documents with your application:

  • 1. A current CV

    2. Initial ideas for your research project (300-500 words), keeping in mind that your project should be about a humanitarian diplomacy action which took place (or is currently taking place) locally, nationally, regionally or internationally; refer to the IFRC Humanitarian Diplomacy Policy to better understand what humanitarian diplomacy is about:

    • brief description of your proposed topic
    • your reasons for choosing this topic: why is it important? why is it of particular interest to you?
    • your main objectives: what do you hope to learn? who might benefit from the research? what kind of recommendations or lessons might come out of your research?

    Please note that you will have the chance to further develop your research project ideas during the course.

    3. A motivation letter (maximum 1 page) which includes:

    • details of your relevant professional and educational background, including your personal objectives and plans for the future
    • reasons for your interest in humanitarian diplomacy
    • why you feel you should be selected to participate in this course: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country

These are required documents and your application will not be considered without them. Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course.

The application deadline is 28 July, 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions at admissions@diplomacy.edu

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10 Sep Training: Monitoring & Evaluation for Initiatives in Complex and Fast Moving Situations

Training: Monitoring & Evaluation for Initiatives in Complex and Fast Moving Situations

 10 - 12 September 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Intermediate level

About the course

The training covers essential methodologies of evaluation and applies them to conflict intervention, peace-building, and recovery initiatives. We cover challenges such as rudimentary plans, lack of information and complex implementation structures. 

Who is the course for?

This training is intended for professionals who have already engaged in evaluations, or who have carried out work in or on unstable environments. Specific experience in conflict evaluation is not required.

What will you learn?

- Purpose, types and scope of peace building evaluation

- Evaluation criteria, Channel Research’s conflict mapping method, data collection methods and analysis

- Evaluation management

- Use and dissemination of evaluations

- Ethics in evaluation related to conflict prevention and peace building.

How will you benefit?

The course will give those commissioning or carrying out Monitoring and Evaluation:

-  a better understanding of the fundamental concepts used in this field

-  the ability to better allocate resources effectively including data collection, human resources and time, or use of the final products

-  You will also have the opportunity to discuss your own projects and case studies.

For more information, course outline and application form: http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/me-in-complex-situations-2014/

About Channel Research:

Channel Research is a leading edge consultancy specializing in M&E and social impact evaluations in fragile and fast-changing situations.

 

For any questions, or if you wish to apply for this training, please do not hesitate to contact our training team at: training@channelresearch.com phone +32 2 633 65 29

 

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

 

Kind regards,

 Channel Research. 

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10 Sep Training: Monitoring & Evaluation for Initiatives in Complex and Fast Moving Situations (Washungton, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium)

 10 - 12 September 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Intermediate level

15 – 18 September 2014 (Brussels, Belgium) Advanced Level

 

About the course

This  is  the  9th  year  we  run  this  course  based  on  the  newest  guidelines established by the OECD-DAC and providing methodologies for carrying out assessments  of  conflict  sensitivity,  conflict  situations  and,  subsequently, evaluating the performance of peace-building and conflict prevention activities in a seminar format with focus on methods and challenges.

 

Course trainers

The course trainers are Mr. Martin Steinmeyer and Mr Emery Brusset. Both are veterans in the field of evaluating conflict prevention and peace building initiatives, including leading evaluations and developing M&E systems for various organisations

 

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for those with experience in evaluations, and an interest in, conflict situations and complex interventions.

 

What will you learn?

- Purpose, types and scope of peace building evaluation

- Evaluation criteria, Channel Research’s conflict mapping method, data collection methods and analysis

- Evaluation management

- Use and dissemination of evaluations

- Ethics in evaluation related to conflict prevention and peace building.

 

How will you benefit?

The  course  will  give  those  commissioning  or  carrying  out  Monitoring  and Evaluation:

 

•         Increased understanding of tools to carry out contextual analysis and how to weave these into evaluation

•         Improved skills in evaluation design and field data collection.

•         Familiarity with the broader community of practice of evaluators, seen from a wide number of institutional and stakeholder angles.

 

For more information, course outline and application form: https://www.regonline.com.au/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1566229

 

About Channel Research:

Channel Research is a leading edge consultancy specializing in M&E and social impact evaluations in fragile and fast-changing situations.

For any questions, or if you wish to apply for this training, please do not hesitate to contact our training team at: Training@grmfuturesgroup.com orAmi.Reza@grminternational.com.Tel: +971 4 818 7538

 

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

 

Kind regards,

 

Channel Research in partnership with GRM International.

 

 

 

 

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15 Sep Advanced training in M&E for Unstable Environments and Complex Interventions

Monitoring & Evaluation for Unstable Environments and Complex Interventions

15 - 18 September, 2014 (Brussels, Belgium) Advanced level 

About the course

This is the 9th year we run this course based on the newest guidelines established by the OECD-DAC and providing methodologies for carrying out assessments of conflict sensitivity, conflict situations and, subsequently, evaluating the performance of peace-building and conflict prevention activities in a seminar format with focus on methods and challenges.

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for those with experience in evaluations, and an interest in, conflict situations and complex interventions.

What will I learn?

•    to situate M&E in relation to audit and impact assessments, within broad learning and accountability functions.

•    to capture the context by applying different context mapping tools

•    the key aspects of managing evaluation

•    about design of monitoring system in conditions of turbulence

•    the concept of conflict sensitivity to capture the secondary effect of aid on conflict

•    about ownership in evaluation, utilisation focused evaluation, participatory approaches to M&E and ethics

 

How will I benefit?

The course will give those commissioning or carrying out Monitoring and Evaluation:

•    Increased understanding of tools to carry out contextual analysis and how to weave these into evaluation

•    Improved skills in evaluation design and field data collection.

•    Familiarity with the broader community of practice of evaluators, seen from a wide number of institutional and stakeholder angles.

 

Course trainers

The course trainers are Mr. Martin Steinmeyer and Mr Emery Brusset. Both are veterans in the field of evaluating conflict prevention and peace building initiatives, including leading evaluations and developing M&E systems for various organisations.

For more information, course outline and application form:

http://www.channelresearch.com/2014/03/me-unstable-environments-and-complex-interventions/

For any questions, or if you wish to apply for this training, please do not hesitate to contact our training team training@channelresearch.com phone +32 32 2 633 65 29

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to your network. 

Kind regards, 

Channel Research

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15 Sep Global Health Diplomacy

 

This 8-week interactive course is jointly organised by the Global Health Programme (GHP) at the Graduate Institute Geneva and DiploFoundation. Course curriculum was developed by the GHP, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Present the field of global health diplomacy, its history, recent development and key challenges.
  • Identify and define key concepts in global health, global health diplomacy and global health governance.
  • Discuss key cross-cutting issues of global health in relation to foreign policy, trade, climate change, human rights and other related disciplines.
  • Analyse case studies and negotiation processes at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Review examples of national and global health strategies.

Course outline

The course includes the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction and Orientation to Online Learning
Module 2: Global Health Diplomacy, Evolution and History
Module 3: Health and Foreign Policy
Module 4: Actors, Stakeholders and Interests in Global Health
Module 5: Global Health Governance
Module 6: Key Lessons for Successful Global Health Negotiations
Module 7: Policy Coherence at National Level
Module 8: Conclusions and Wrap-up  

Option for obtaining ECTS credits from the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Applicants to this course may opt to fulfill additional requirements and pay a supplementry fee in order to obtain a Certificate of Credits from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies signed by the Director of the Global Health Programme and the Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute. The Certificate of Credits is equivalent to 4 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. These credits may be transferable to another institution/programme of study, depending on the policy of that institution.

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16 Sep Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics Management

Dates : September 16th - December 5th 2014

Objectives: Designed to develop crucial logistics management skills, the new Humanitarian Logistics Management (HLM) training programme is a combination of core management modules also available though the Humanitarian Programme Management training programme (excluding the module “Managing finance and funding”). This specific HLM training programme also includes a specific 3-week supply chain management module developed in partnership with 5 major international Ngos: Action contre la Faim, Handicap International, Médecins du Monde, Médecins Sans Frontières and Solidarités International.

This course is endorsed by the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) as meeting the quality standards set by the association for training and development in the humanitarian logistics sector.

Likewise the HPM programme where major innovations were introduced in 2010 to better meet the needs of the sector, the HLM training programme has been tailored to address the needs of organizations in search of high level logistics management positions.

The Humanitarian Logistics Manager (HLM) training programme is modular and participants may choose between 2 ways of attending HLM:

  • Attend the Humanitarian Logistics Manager full learning programme: the Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics Management (3 months)
  • Choose one or several specific modules among the Humanitarian Logistics Manager full learning programme

Information and registration :  Humanitarian Logistics Manager

Contact : Vicky Bernigaud – +33 (0)4 72 89 31 52 – v.bernigaud@institutbioforce.fr

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16 Sep Master of Science in Humanitarian Program Management

Dates : September 16th 2014 - September 1st 2015

Objectives : Since 2012, Bioforce and the ESC Grenoble (Grenoble Management School) are developing together the Master of Science (MSc) in Humanitarian Programme Management, accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE).


A MODULAR TRAINING PROGRAMME

The Humanitarian Programme Manager (HPM) training programme is modular and participants may choose between 3 ways of attending HPM:

 

 

Cost : 9 800 €

Information and registration :  Humanitarian Programme Manager

 

Contact :  Vicky Bernigaud – +33 (0)4 72 89 31 52 – v.bernigaud@institutbioforce.fr

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22 Sep Evaluation de la qualité de l’action humanitaire

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant au 15e séminaire de formation “Evaluation de la qualité de l’action humanitaire” du 22 au 26 septembre 2014 au Centre de Formation du Groupe URD, Plaisians, France

Les acteurs humanitaires ont une double obligation d’améliorer la qualité de leurs actions : vis-à-vis des populations bénéficiaires des programmes et vis-à-vis des donateurs et bailleurs de fonds. Pour cela, l’évaluation est l’un des processus permettant de contribuer à l’apprentissage et à l’amélioration des pratiques. Mais ce processus est complexe et fait appel à de multiples compétences.

Cette formation présentielle de 30 heures vous apportera les connaissances méthodologiques pour mener à bien ou participer à une évaluation de la qualité d’un programme humanitaire. A cette occasion, vous découvrirez le nouveau Guide Pilote pour l'évaluation développé par le réseau ALNAP qui présente l'état actuel de la réflexion au niveau international sur l'évaluation de l'aide humanitaire.

Une documentation ciblée et un jeu interactif seront proposés aux participants un mois avant la formation présentielle pour les aider à intégrer les concepts clefs de l’évaluation. Ce travail préliminaire des participants est indispensable pour suivre efficacement la formation présentielle.

A qui s’adresse cette formation ?

Cette formation s’adresse aux professionnels du secteur de la solidarité internationale gérant des projets et/ou réalisant des évaluations (ex : chargé de programme, chef de projet, responsable évaluation, responsable Qualité au sein des organisations humanitaires, etc.).

Quel est le contenu de la formation ?

  • Les concepts clefs de l'Evaluation et de la Qualité, et les critères d'évaluation et référentiels utilisés (CAD/OCDE, COMPAS Qualité).
  • Les différentes étapes du processus de l'évaluation, y compris l'élaboration des Termes de Référence, la préparation de l'évaluation (réflexion méthodologique et écriture du rapport de démarrage), la collecte des informations, la rédaction du rapport d'évaluation, les restitutions et l'utilisation des résultats des évaluations.
  • Les initiatives pour assurer la qualité des évaluations.
  • La conduite du changement institutionnel pour une meilleure intégration de la pratique de l'évaluation.

Objectifs pédagogiques

A l’issu de la formation, les participants sont capables de :

  • Définir les concepts clés liés à l'évaluation.
  • Organiser ou participer à un processus d'évaluation et ses différentes phases.
  • Identifier les outils pertinents et adaptés aux contextes de l'évaluation et à ses différentes phases et les appliquer d'une façon appropriée.
  • Identifier les sources d'informations complémentaires en cas de besoin.
  • Gérer la dimension humaine nécessaire à la réussite de l'évaluation.
  • Juger de la qualité d'une évaluation.
  • ·        Argumenter pour l'intégration institutionnelle de la pratique de l'évaluation.

Date : 22 au 26 septembre 2014 (30h)

Lieu : Centre de Formation du Groupe URD, Plaisians (France)

Langue : Français

Horaires : La formation commence à midi le lundi 22 septembre et clôture à 14h00 le vendredi 26 septembre pour une durée totale de 30 heures. Du mardi au jeudi, les cours commencent à 09h00 et terminent à 18h00 (4h00 le matin et 3h30 l’après-midi).

Formateurs : Équipe d'évaluateurs-formateurs-chargés de recherche du Groupe URD

Pré-réquis : Posséder une expérience confirmée dans le secteur humanitaire et/ou l'évaluation dans un autre secteur ; Maîtriser la langue française (écrit, lu, parlé).

Frais d’inscription :

Tarif A :                450 €        si inscription à titre individuel sans prise en charge

Tarif B :                 860 €        si inscription est prise en charge par l’employeur ou par un autre organisme, ou dans le cadre du plan de formation (p.ex. OPCA, DIF, AIF, Pôle Emploi, etc.)

Divers : Possibilité d’hébergement et restauration sur place (les frais d’hébergement et de restauration sont à la charge des participants).

Transport : Possibilité de navette entre Avignon Gare TGV et le Centre de Formation du Groupe URD (les frais sont à la charges des participants)

Modalités d'inscription

Les demandes d’inscription sont à adresser par e-mail, au plus tard le 1 septembre 2014, à Anna Lear (formations@urd.org) en utilisant le formulaire d'inscription.

Le Groupe URD se réserve le droit d’annuler la formation si un minimum de 8 participants n’est pas atteint au 11 septembre 2014. Le nombre maximal de participants est de 20 personnes.

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23 Sep Certificate in Humanitarian Programme Management

Dates : September 16th – December 5th

Objectives: The HPM programme contributes to reinforce & develop managers’ core capacities (managing projects, people and funds) in a practical, coherent & transversal way integrating the main worldwide quality & accountability initiatives developed in recent years.

The HPM objective is to give participants a comprehensive knowledge of each initiative and their specificities, as well as the possibility to integrate each of them in a complementary and innovative way within the organisation’s strategy and management practices.

Designed to develop management skills to enhance Quality & Accountability of humanitarian programmes, the HPM training programme:
-Focuses on the Humanitarian Programme Manager’s 3 core competencies: managing people and organisations, managing programmes and projects, managing finance and funding;
-Offers 3-week competency-based modules for each of the core competencies;
-Ensures in-depth understanding of the sector and its evolutions through an additional one-week module on the Framework of Humanitarian Aid;
-Integrates capacity building through a one week Training of Trainers session;
-Offers professional recognition and links to Masters programmes for further specialization.

Cost : 6 500€

Information and registration :  Humanitarian Program Manager

Contact : Vicky Bernigaud – +33 (0)4 72 89 31 52 – v.bernigaud@institutbioforce.fr

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06 Oct Capacity Development

Capacity development has been emerging as a central approach within development for more than two decades. This approach has gradually shifted the focus of development practice from simple financial aid and technical cooperation towards a complex new paradigm that encourages and demands active involvement and ownership from the people and communities involved in aid programmes. The approach takes into account the broader political, social, and economic environment in which change takes place. Capacity development co-exists and is supported by older forms of development practice, and is a continuously shifting paradigm as experience informs policy, practice and theory.
 
To help you better understand and master this complex paradigm, this course introduces the key concepts, principles and values of capacity development. The main focus is on building practical skills for better design, planning, implementation and assessment of capacity development initiatives.
 
Course materials were developed with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), LenCD, and Learn4Dev.
 
We are very pleased to offer this unique new online course, which combines Diplo's effective online format with some of the leading available materials/resources on capacity development. The course starts on 6 October 2014 and the application deadline is 1 September. Enrollment is strictly limited to 20 places, and a limited number of scholarships are available to capacity development practitioners from developing countries.

This course will be of interest to practitioners of capacity development and other professionals working in the development field who plan to start working specifically in capacity development.

This course is conducted entirely online over a period of nine weeks. Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. The course is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. Each week, participants read an assigned module text, adding questions and comments as hypertext entries. Lecturers, guest experts, and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the module text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussion via blogs or forums, group tasks, short assignments). At the end of the week, participants, lecturers, and guest experts meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic.

Please note that due to the spread of course participants across time zones worldwide, scheduled online session times may not fall within working hours for all participants. Some participants may need to attend online sessions during the morning or evening hours.

This course requires a minimum of five to seven hours of study time per week. Before you apply, please consider carefully whether you can commit the necessary time in order to complete the course successfully.

Successful participants will receive a certificate issued by DiploFoundation and LenCD.

Applicants must have:

  • At least two years experience working in the development field at the sector, national, regional or international level, with preference given to applicants already working in capacity development.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language to undertake postgraduate-level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and writing short essays).
  • Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).
  • Sufficient time for online study, which requires five to seven hours per week.

Tuition fees are 790 euros per participant, due upon acceptance into the course.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries. Please indicate in your motivation letter if you are requesting a scholarship.Please read more on our website (http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/capacity) and share this news with friends or colleagues who may be interested to apply.

To apply, please fill out the online application form for this course.

Please upload a motivation letter with your application (maximum 1 page) indicating:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background, including your personal objectives and plans for the future.
  • Reasons for your interest in this course.
  • Why you feel you should be selected to participate in this course: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country.
  • If you are applying for a scholarship (only available to developing country applicants) please include the name and e-mail address of a referee in your organisation.

Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course. In case of enquiries, please contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu

Selection process

A selections committee composed of representatives from LenCD and DiploFoundation will select a maximum of 25 participants to attend this course. Preference will be given to applicants currently working in the capacity development field. Selected applicants will be notified after the application deadline.

 

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