University of the Witwatersrand, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Médecins Sans Frontières: Certificate Courses in Humanitarian Assistance

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 13:51
WIts University, Johannesburg

The Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) at University of the Witwatersrand, in association with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), is conducting a training on the Certificate Courses in Humanitarian Assistance – Africa from 7 May to 16 June 2012 in Johannesburg.

The Certificate in Humanitarian Policy and the Certificate in Humanitarian Practice programme can be studied as stand-alone courses or one after the other, with the possibility to convert the two into a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The Certificates in Humanitarian Policy and Practice are three weeks full time and will run consecutively over six weeks from 7 May 2012 to 16 June 2012. The examination for the Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance will take place on 18 June 2012.

What are the certificates?

The certificates are intensive professional development programmes run by Wits University’s P&DM, in collaboration with MSF and LSTM. The multi-disciplinary programmes take a regional focus on tackling humanitarian issues across Africa and are designed and taught by experts from leading organisations and academic institutions such as ICRC, UNHCR, Oxfam, MSF, UNAIDS, LSTM and Wits University.

The purpose of the Programme is to build a competent cadre of humanitarian and development workers who have the requisite skills to respond to crises in Africa.

By the end of the programme, participants will:

  • Understand the policy environment, essential for effective action as individuals and as members of a team;
  • Be able to identify and promote standards of good practice policy in humanitarian responses;
  • Encourage cooperation and dialogue between governmental, non-governmental, national and international agencies involved in humanitarian action;
  • Be able to examine strategies and policy approaches for early warning and prevention of humanitarian crises;
  • Create a more effective synergy between emergency humanitarian interventions and programmes promoting sustainable development;
  • Address humanitarian priorities in Southern Africa and the wider continent of Africa.
Wits P&DM will award a Certificate in Humanitarian Policy to students who successfully complete weeks 1-3 and a Certificate in Humanitarian Practice for successful completion of weeks 4-6. Students completing the 6-week course will be eligible to sit the examination for the Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Alternatively, participants can choose to attend just the first or second 3 weeks.

Who are the programmes designed for?

The programme is designed for practitioners and policy-makers such as NGO workers, government officials, staff of multilaterals such as the UN, the media, civil society, donors and persons wishing to enter the humanitarian field.

Requirements:

University degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience, with particular emphasis on recruitment of applicants from across Africa. There is space for approximately 10-15 people from any one organisation, particularly targeting senior staff from across the African region. There will be a maximum of about 50 students on the programme.

Certificate in Humanitarian Policy: 7-25 May 2012

Certificate in Humanitarian Practice: 28 May 2012 - 16 June 2012 (inclusive of the final Saturday assessments)

DHA Exam: 18 June 2012
  • Cost  (with current approximate exchange rates to Euros)
  • Certificate in Humanitarian Policy: R13 500 (SA Rand);
  • Certificate in Humanitarian Practice: R15 000;
  • Certificate in Humanitarian Policy and Practice: R24 600;
  • Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance: (following completion of the previous 2 certificates and a Diploma final exam.) Cost to be announced.
  • Participants will be required to pay for their own living costs.
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Deadline for applications: 30 April 2012.

Download the application form, click here.

Submit your application to Thandiwe Rose Mlangeni at thandiwe.mlangeni@wits.ac.za. Alternatively, drop to 2 St Davids Place, Donald Gordon Building, Parktown  or post to PO Box 601, WITS, 2050.

Enquiries: Thandiwe Rose Mlangeni, Tel: 011 717 3505.

For more about the School of Public and Development at University of the Witwatersrand, refer to www.wits.ac.za/pdm.

For more about the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, refer to www.lstmliverpool.ac.uk.

For more about Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), refer to www.msf.org.
Event start date: 
07/05/2012
Event end date: 
16/06/2012
Event venue: 
Wits University, Johannesburg South Africa.
Event type: 
Training