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MSc Humanitarian Program Management

Durée du programme
12 months (3 months at Bioforce Institute, 4 months at GEM, 5 months field assignment) + Applied Research Project
Niveau de sortie
Master (120 ECTS credits). Awarded by Bioforce & GEM, accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.
Niveau d'admission
Bachelor level degree or professional experience
Tarif
€ 10,100
Lieu d'enseignement
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

This program is partially delivered at the Bioforce Institut, Vénissieux (69).

The MSc in Humanitarian Program Management aims at training managers for the humanitarian and development sector (NGO, non-profit or charitable organisations, foundations, etc.). It leads to a variety of positions in the area of humanitarian operations, implying coordination and management. 

A Humanitarian Program can be defined as a set of activities planned and undertaken by an Aid organisation, directly or by mean of partnerships with other organisations, in a specific geographical area, over a specific timespan, in pursuit of specific objectives to address identified humanitarian needs. To undertake the activities (often organised in a set of related projects), human, material and financial resources are required, as is the analysis of the program’s environment and surrounding actors.

Management in such contexts implies the use of organisational and methodological tools and techniques to assess, plan, organise, monitor and report on both the program’s activities and the optimal use of assigned material and financial resources. It also implies team support (through motivation and development) and the creation and maintenance of relationships and dynamics with a variety of stakeholders, to ensure the achievement of results in a challenging and changing environment.

Many Aid organisations face the challenge of recruiting and retaining skilled managers in order to ensure continuous, consistent and effective management of their programs. This training program has been developed to answer both organisation and individual needs: to empower potential and current humanitarian managers to develop their technical, analytical and personal skills.

The partnership between Bioforce and Grenoble Ecole de Management has enabled the creation of a substantial management training program for the humanitarian and development sector, offering trainees the academic qualification and specific expertise they seek. This academic expertise is completed by a strong involvement of professionals from the humanitarian and development sector in the training delivery.

Please note that Bioforce Institute and GEM assume the responsibility to inform students of any changes to the content detailed below.*

Program Content*

  • Opening sessions | 14h | 0 ECTS
    Induction | 21h | 0 ECTS
    Introduction to the Aid Sector | 36h | 3 ECTS
    Managing Programs and Projects | 93h | 8 ECTS
    Managing People and Organisations | 93h | 8 ECTS
    Managing Finance and Funding | 87h | 8 ECTS
    Training of Trainers | 35h | 3 ECTS
    Field Exercise | 35h | 0 ECTS
    Career Advice | 14h | 0 ECTS
    Closing Session | 3h | 0 ECTS
    ECTS: European Credits Transfer System

  • Advanced Decision Techniques | 15h | 4 ECTS
    Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship | 27h | 6 ECTS
    Corporate Governance | 27h | 6 ECTS
    Geopolitics | 27h | 6 ECTS
    Global Marketing and Strategy | 15h | 4 ECTS
    Leadership and Responsible Management | 27h | 4 ECTS
    ​ECTS: European Credits Transfer System

  • Objectives / Learning Outcomes

    To work as a team during the whole training period to sort out a humanitarian and/or development management issue. 

    Students are invited to investigate a pressing issue or a topic that is subject to debate in the humanitarian and development sector. This applied research has to translate into a written report in English and an oral presentation in front of a jury composed by the tutor and the partner Bioforce Institute.

    This project will require:

    • A written report in English (20,000 – 25,000 words) which may remain confidential (it is possible to write a summary for the organisation in a foreign language if required). Students have to submit the final report to the tutor 2 weeks before the oral presentation. The deadline for the oral presentation to take place is mid-November.
    • A written case study-based summary and the preparation of an oral presentation in English to a board of examiners

    Expected results

    • A specific humanitarian and/or development management issue is defined
    • A bibliographical research is consolidated
    • Concrete proposals and outlooks are drawn up and a critical analysis is provided
    • Relevant recommendations are made

    The definition of the issue to be researched has to be validated by both Bioforce and GEM. A specific schedule with deadlines will be communicated by Bioforce.
    Rigor in diagnostic, analysis and facts interpretations, as well as recommendations will be required.
    This work aims to support humanitarian organisations in their development and functioning. In this way, we expect students to be creative (while being realist) and to practice benchmarks. This research work is neither an operational mission nor a counseling one. The report presented is not an internship report either.

    NOTE for GEM students: exemption of Final Management Project:
    The MSc’s applied research report replaces the Final Management Project

After the Study Period 

  • In Humanitarian or Development Sector

    Objectives / Learning Outcomes

    To reinforce students’ autonomy and to further develop their skills as humanitarian programme managers in the humanitarian and development sector.

    Students have to do an internship, after their study period, for 20 weeks at least (for instance in a NGO). The presentation of the report corresponding to this internship, to a board of examiners, must be done before mid-November 2019.

    The assignment terms of reference are to be submitted to Bioforce in order to be validated. As a second step, GEM will give the final validation.

    GEM is in charge of all administrative issues regarding the assignment.

    The evaluation process for the assignment is the following:

    • A written report including:
      • a context (region, country, organization, programme, …)  presentation,
        a description and analysis of the objectives and results obtained,
        an analysis of the key challenges faced during the assignment,
        an analysis of the impact of the training period on their professional capacities as a humanitarian programme manager
    • An oral presentation in front of a jury

    The final mark will be a global mark including the written report and the oral presentation.

Assessment Process

  • Assessment process in Bioforce

    The assessment process includes the following exams:

    • An individual written exam for the “Framework of Humanitarian Aid” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions related to the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
    • An individual written exam for the “Managing people and organizations” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or a case study related to the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
    • An individual written exam for the “Managing programmes and projects” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or a case study related to the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
    • An individual written exam for the “Managing finance and funding” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or a case study related to the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
    • An individual written exam for the “Training of Trainers” module. This exam will consist of theoretical questions related to the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.

    Assessment process in GEM

    It is a two-stage process:

    • For each module, a continuous assessment is managed by a permanent professor from GEM.
    • For some modules, an additional exam is organised.

    To pass, the student has to obtain a minimum mark of 10 out of 20. Each module’s responsible defines the distribution of continuous assessment and exam.

    Conditions of graduation

    The diploma is delivered to the students:

    • Having obtained a minimum of 10 out of 20 in all exams;
    • Having produced and presented orally two reports demonstrating analytical and deductive skills (one related to the Applied Research project and the other related to the assignment/internship).

Qualification

Master of Science in Humanitarian Program Management awarded by the Bioforce Institute and Grenoble Ecole de Management, accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. 

The MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management aims at training managers for the humanitarian and development sector (NGO, non-profit or charitable organisations, foundations, etc.). It leads to a variety of positions in the area of humanitarian operations, implying coordination and management. Entry positions can be found as Reporting Officer, MEAL Officer (in charge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning), Coordinator or Programme Assistant or Grant Manager for more junior profiles. Middle management positions include Project Officer, Programme Manager, and Field Officer. And the highest positions are Programme Coordinator, Head of mission or Country Director, according to the specifics of each organisation.

To participate to the MSc Humanitarian Program Management, the prerequisites are the following:

  • Master 1 level or Bachelor’s degree (four years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying at least 1 year of professional experience as a project coordinator, administrator or logistician in international solidarity
  • By special dispensation, a L3 (licence) level or Bachelor’s degree (three years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying an outstanding work experience (more than one year).
  • have an English language proficiency level of B2 (according to European language levels - Self Assessment Grid).
  • Have a profesional project in programme management (Programme coordinator, Logistics coordinator…)

Please note that these prerequisites provide a base for any validation of the application form. The final decision lies with the Coordinators of the training program.

Please follow the Bioforce application process

*The maximum number of participants for this training programme session is 20. The Bioforce Institute and Grenoble Ecole de Management reserve the right to cancel the training programme in case of an insufficient number of participants (in which case, the persons registered will be fully reimbursed).