Programme Content

Programme Content

This programme examines the leadership and strategy issues faced by managers in the humanitarian sector. It covers the principles and methodologies of humanitarian operations and explores the organisational processes and leadership practices that enable humanitarian teams to deliver in the most challenging contexts.

The programme takes a systemic perspective encompassing disaster risk reduction, effective response delivery and transitioning to recovery. Going beyond theoretical learning, the programme provides participants with the experiences, support and challenge that will help them develop their skill and confidence in offering leadership to others. Participants will benefit from high quality feedback and support from experienced coaches and facilitators in addition to peer feedback, 360° feedback, psychometric assessment and mentoring.

This programme is an accredited post-graduate level university programme and requires significant commitment by participants. The distance learning elements of the programme require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week for the duration of the unit. Students who wish to achieve a high level of performance and high grades should expect to commitment substantially more time.

You will be assessed throughout the programme, and successful completion of the programme is the responsibility of the student. Successful applicants will enrol with Deakin University, and therefore will have access to student and academic support services, as well as library and online services.

Key questions that this course will address

  • What are the major challenges and changes impacting the humanitarian sector and what can we do together to address these?
  • What are the best ways to organise and lead teams in high-consequence, high-uncertainty, rapidly evolving humanitarian contexts?
  • What is the role of leadership in such situations and which behaviors and skills are most important?
  • What can we do to develop our own skills and the leadership we offer others?

Topics covered

  • Humanitarian system & actors
  • Emerging trends and challenges
  • Humanitarian principles, theory and ethics
  • Strategic issues in leading humanitarian responses
  • Role of leadership in humanitarian contexts
  • Decision-making in humanitarian contexts
  • Human resource and financial management
 in emergencies
  • Humanitarian operations – design and delivery
  • Managing multi-sectorial humanitarian responses
  • Leading the transition from response to recovery, through to development

Learning methodology

  • Residential workshops and seminars
  • Tutorials and small-group work
  • Scenario-based learning
  • Distance and online learning
  • 1-2-1 Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Personal learning journal
  • 360° Feedback
  • Personal development plans

Assessment elements

  • Written Assignments
  • Assessed group and individual exercises
  • Presentations
  • Project work
  • Observation during simulation

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