Africa Institute for Project Management Studies is pleased to announce a Certificate Course in Introduction to Humanitarian and Relief work Distance Learning Course

About the course:
The basic idea of humanitarian assistance—delivering medicine, food, and other supplies to relieve suffering and save lives—appears to be a simple one. Yet, there is a serious debate between different humanitarian organizations, official donors, governments, and the United Nations regarding the operational approach to the delivery of aid that ought to be adopted.

In recent years, harmful side effects of humanitarian aid, such as the strengthening of the grip of armed groups over the population, various forms of aid diversion, and the fostering of dependency among beneficiaries, have been widely discussed. In the starkest cases, some humanitarian organizations have made the decision to withdraw from crises altogether because, in their judgment, continuing their operations on the ground in the particular political environment would do more harm than good to civilians in need.

This online course is an essential introduction for anyone interested in a career in the humanitarian sector. You will learn first-hand experiences from individuals who have been involved in humanitarianism, learn about the nature of humanitarian relief, and look at the skills you have to bring to the sector.

What does the course cover?

  • The disaster cycle
  • Codes and standards in humanitarianism
  • Humanitarianism in practice
  • The humanitarian sector
  • Employment, volunteering, internship, and training resources and opportunities
  • Personal stories and experiences

  • By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how the humanitarian sector operates
  • Have questioned and learnt from experienced humanitarian workers
  • Be able to explain how the humanitarian sector works
  • Have further insight into your own motivations for entering the sector
  • Know how to make contact with key agencies
  • Have identified what to do next and how to go about it

  • Who should attend?
    This course is designed for those with a general understanding of the humanitarian sector and an interest in a humanitarian career. Those with no previous experience or knowledge in the sector are also welcome to attend, but are expected to complete some pre-reading. 

    Training Format:
    • All materials are made available through Distance Learning approaches
    • approximately 5-6 hours time commitment of your time per week
    • At your own time schedule, no live participation needed
    • Weekly feedback from committed instructors
    • Participants are expected to submit weekly assignments electronically to earn certificate of completion

    Computing Requirements:

    Participants will need to use email, upload and download word docs, PowerPoint files and PDFs, and post on the discussion board or send assignments by email. If you do not have internet speed sufficient to download materials, an offline DVD or hard copies course may be the right alternative for you.

    Materials Provided:

    Distance Learning  or online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


    After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.


    In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments.
    The materials for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.

    DURATION AND COURSE LOAD: 8 Weeks - 8 to 10 hours per week
    PARTICIPANTS: Development Professionals
    COURSE FEE: $500
    ORGANIZERS: Africa Institute for Project Management Studies
    LANGUAGE: English only
    FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated
    GENERAL COURSE CONTACT: info@africadevelopmentresources.org

    Prior to the course start date, selected participants will receive, via email, an official invitation letter along with instructions on how to pay for the course. Course log on instructions will be emailed to you on the day the course is scheduled to begin. Participants must submit three assignments before certification.

    Training Package offers Value for the Money. Training will be moderated by professional with hands on skills and great wealth in the course content.
    Kindly confirm your participation with:
    Training Coordinator
    Africa Institute for Project Management Studies