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Diploma in Humanitarian Programme Management

  • - Already working in an NGO and looking to further your professionalism via a recognized qualification?
  • - Thinking about working full-time for an NGO and have sufficient professional experience in other areas to aim for a diploma level?
  • - Wondering whether the addition of some training to your already considerable experience would make it worth your while to participate in some of the modules, but perhaps not all of them? Then the Diploma in HPM is the  right course  for you!

The Diploma in International Humanitarian Programme Management is an innovative, multidisciplinary training programme for humanitarian workers engaged in emergency relief and development. This course is intended for participants from a variety of disciplines, not only health professionals, but logisticians, Engineers, NGO Managers. The course will be particularly useful for humanitarian workers currently serving with international, governmental and non-governmental organizations who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of humanitarian issues. It will also be useful for those preparing to work in the field of humanitarian assistance. Some of the topics covered in the modules include:

Team building, motivation ,Minimum standards - The Sphere Project, Cross cultural communication skills, Gender issues; vulnerable groups in displaced populations, Working with local services and communities, Fundraising, Humanitarian workers: health; career development; Security, The role of the military in humanitarian interventions ,Peacekeeping, peace-building and peace-making ,Repatriation and reintegration; Tracing, Post conflict rehabilitation and demobilization; Child Soldiers, ,Economic stabilization and sustainable livelihoods, Exit strategies in humanitarian assistance programmes etc.


  • To provide humanitarian workers with the awareness, understanding and skills essential for effective action as individuals and as members of a team.
  • To identify and promote standards of good practice in humanitarian responses.
  • To encourage cooperation and dialogue between governmental, non-governmental, national and international agencies involved in humanitarian action.
  • To examine strategies for early warning and prevention of humanitarian crises.
  • To create a more effective synergy between emergency humanitarian interventions and programmes promoting sustainable development.

Entry Qualification

Some higher level education qualification is required or professional qualification or experience. Applications are welcome from persons working with governmental, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as other individuals preparing for, or currently engaged in, humanitarian work.

  • Fluent in English
  • Minimum age is 23
  • I year working experience with a local or an International Organization.


This is an intensive, multidisciplinary programme designed to encourage participants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to interact in a stimulating learning environment in which they will develop individual and team skills.

The carefully constructed curriculum combining core and specialist modules enables participants to explore the essential issues relevant to all humanitarian workers, whatever their professional background, and to select a specialist module which will provide them with a deeper understanding of an area of special interest.

Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, seminars, practical exercises and scenarios. Participants are assessed as individuals and as members of a team.

The assessment systems used will vary widely depending on the subject matter. Assessment methods include integrated continuous assessment, assignments, and end of module / semester examinations. There will be few exams and much report-writing combined with continuous assessment. Humanitarian emergency scenario exercises will also form part of this course

Structure and Content


CEP 401: Introduction to Humanitarian Assistance

  • History of humanitarian relief,
  • The development of humanitarian action in the 20th century.
  • International humanitarian organizations, The UN system, specialized government structures, NGOs, the Red Cross.
  • Principles of Humanitarian interventions.
  • Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.
  • Natural Disasters, Global Climate Change.
  • The role of the Media.

CEP 402: International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Refugee Law

  • Background and definitions of IHL.
  • Geneva Conventions, rules and regulations.
  • Protection of victims of disasters, rights of prisoners of war,
  • Rules of conduct in hostilities.
  • Means of implementation.
  • Human rights and IHL.
  • Applicability of IHL to Humanitarian Interventions.
  • Different applications to international and intra-national conflicts, terrorism, sovereignty.
  • Role of the International Red Cross in International Humanitarian Law
  • Refugee law.

CEP 403: Human Rights, Humanitarian Ethics and Codes of Conduct

  • ICRC Code of Conduct.
  • Code of conduct in rescue and disaster situations.
  • Cultural Awareness.
  • Gender and Peacekeeping, and Human Trafficking.
  • Child Protection.
  • Human Rights.
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness.



CEP 404: Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution

  • Key concepts of conflict resolution,
  • Contemporary conflict dynamics,
  • Conflict mapping,
  • Early warning and conflict prevention,
  • Peacekeeping and conflict resolution in war zones,
  • Peace settlements and post-conflict peace building,
  • The role of culture in conflict resolution, and gender issues.

CEP 405: Strategic Planning and Management of Disaster victims

  • Team building, motivation and management
  • Population security and safety,
  • Managing a refugee camp,
  • Emergency preparedness and strategic planning
  • Management of humanitarian emergencies,
  • Minimum standards for disaster relief.
  • Cross cultural communication skills
  • Vulnerable groups in displaced populations
  • Working with local services and communities
  • Project proposals, reports and fundraising
  • Humanitarian workers: health, career development

CEP 406: Stability and sustainable development

  • The role of the military in humanitarian interventions
  • Peacekeeping, peace-building and peace-making
  • Freely consented repatriation, asylum, reintegration, Tracing
  • Post conflict rehabilitation and demobilization
  • Child Soldiers
  • Managing the transition to sustainable development
  • Economic stabilization and sustainable livelihoods
  • Exit strategies in humanitarian assistance programmes



CEP 407: Practical Financial Management for Humanitarian Agencies.

  • Designing a finance system
  • Planning and budgets
  • Understanding accounts
  • Financial reports
  • Safeguarding your assets

CEP 408: Project/Programme Management

  • Need Assessments: The first step of any Project
  • Prioritizing: Evaluating the Assessment, leading to a project plan and goal: Feasible, needed, applicable, cost effective, fundable and other key questions.
  • Project Planning: Basic elements of a project and seeing the big picture without loosing the detail. Understanding what makes good goals, objectives, indicators, outcomes and outputs, impacts.
  • Implementation: Examining various successful projects, role play of an average day in the field, and an SMT scenario of a cholera outbreak.
  • Management: Understanding project cycle management and key tools for successful project management.
  • Evaluation: Logical Frameworks, Gantt charts, and other tools of the trade.
  • Operational Support: Finance, Logistics, Admin, Security and HR. In depth understanding of the rules of the game. Meeting donor and agency compliance regulations, remaining transparent, managing large multinational staff while achieving contract deliverables:

CEP 409: Developing and Managing Volunteers.

  • Benefits and challenges of using vol­unteers.
  • Building a volunteer program.
  • Writing job descriptions.
  • Developing volunteers through recruit­ment, placement, training, supervision, and eval­uation.
  • Coordinating with voluntary agencies and community-based organizations; and special issues such as spontaneous volunteers, liability, and stress.

3. Specialist Options
Participants choose one of the following modules running in parallel:


CEP 410 Public Health in Emergencies

  • Community health care in humanitarian intervention,
  • Control of communicable diseases and epidemics
  • Water and Sanitation issues and its affect on public health
  • Hygiene Promotion methods
  • Communication strategy for behavior change


CEP 411Humanitarian Logistics

Course Outline

  • Overview of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Terminologies
  • Context of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Roles Management and Field Offices
  • Procurement
  • Interface with Commercial Logistics
  • Packaging and Containers
  • Transportation
  • Port/Airport and Customs Clearance
  • Warehouse/Inventory Management
  • Operational security
  • Gender and other issues
  • Ethics
  • Logistics Metrics


CEP 412Media, Aid & Humanitarian Action

  • Factors effecting media coverage of humanitarian crises.

  • Media representations of humanitarian crises.
  • The media and humanitarian action
  • Media management during humanitarian responses

Course Fee : $ 1650 (for the entire course) or $ 165 per module. (Minimum modules per Semester 3. Maximum: 4)

The fee can be paid in full or per semester.


Course Duration : Minimum Duration : 1 Year, Maximum Duration : 2 Years

Course Intake : INTER-CEPT has 4 intakes per year starting in January, March, May and September.

Contact Details:

For more information, please call-over at the INTER-CEPT (International Centre For Emergency Preparedness Training, Off Mombasa Road,1km from Daystar University)  Monday through Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Kindly note that the INTER-CEPT offices are closed on Sundays)


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