Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - Managing in the humanitarian sector

In January  2017 the Academy will be running its first massive online open course (MOOC), register here to be part of this unique experience.

You will be exploring some of the core elements of being an effective leader and good manager in humanitarian response. The course is designed as a training package for in-country, new managers in humanitarian response, but it potentially has wider appeal; as a refresher for existing humanitarian managers and as a taster for those contemplating stepping up to management in humanitarian response.

•    Start date: 23rd January 2017
•    Length: 3 weeks
•    Effort: 4 hours/week
•    Subject: Management
•    Level: Introductory
•    Language: English

This course includes activities that focus on the practical development of essential knowledge and skills as well as their application. Each week addresses different competencies required of new humanitarian managers;

•    Week 1 Stepping up to management
•    Week 2 Managing others
•    Week 3 Managing humanitarian response

In the first week you will start with what management is and the skills needed to do it. Then in the second week the focus will be on building and maintaining a team: making sure you’ve got the right people in place with the right skills and experience to deliver for your organisation and crisis affected people. The third and final week will be about operationalising management in humanitarian response.

We will be asking you to bring and share your own experiences of leading and managing. You may already be managing other people, or want to be in that position someday, or you may just want to know a bit more about how humanitarian organisations work.

A special feature of this course is that it is designed and delivered exclusively through on-line materials produced by, and for, the humanitarian sector. This gives you a real window into what goes on in a humanitarian emergency, in particular the challenges new managers face and the compressed timescale within which they have to make life-saving decisions.

Discussion forums at the end of each week and throughout will enable you to engage with other participants reflecting on your learning and sharing experience. Finally, if you wish to document your completion of this module, you can take the end of module assessment. Passing the module will give you a personalised certificate which can be added to your CV or used as evidence of informal or formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD).