The joint study program CAS/MAS in Humanitarian Leadership connects academic skills and knowledge delivered by the University of Lucerne with the practical know how and experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Providing support to people affected by conflicts and disasters is characterised as being an intense, challenging and multi-faceted tasks. Typically, providing humanitarian assistance is associated with a set of aspects including:
- Intercultural challenges
- Team dynamics
- Time pressure
- Financial restraints
- Lack of information
- Internal / Emotional aspects: Stress, threat to life, etc.
This variety of factors requires strong strategic, operational and leadership skills for managerial and field personnel. Leadership skills in particular are key since human interaction is the starting point of any humanitarian response.
In view of these challenges and opportunities, the study programme CAS/MAS in Humanitarian Leadership is designed to further develop competencies of humanitarian leaders and managers. The program will furthermore enable leaders and managers in gaining access to people affected by conflict and delivering effective humanitarian services.
Structure and Content
The study programme is implemented jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the University of Lucerne and targets ICRC staff. The following three Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) are offered:
- CAS in Leading by Example
- CAS in Leading High-Performing Multidisciplinary Teams
- CAS in Leading Complex Operations and Transformations
Subject to the condition of completing successfully all three CAS courses, participants may apply for a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Humanitarian Leadership.
The course is led by a committee of representatives of the University of Lucerne and the ICRC. The members of the committee include:
Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach
Rector and Full Professor at the University of Lucerne
Dr. Feena May
Head of Learning and Development, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni
Tenured Professor of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Lucerne
Deputy Director HR at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)