This course on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) consists of an introduction and six modules, each of which has an assessment.

Module 1 - Introduction
Module 2 - Key concepts of SGBV
Module 3 - The SGBV legal framework
Module 4 - The SGBV framework for action
Module 5 - Preventing SGBV in practice
Module 6 - Responding to SGBV in practice
Module 7 - Summary

Learning objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain what SGBV and protection from SGBV means
  • Identify the underlying causes and risk factors contributing to SGBV using the ecological model
  • Identify the possible consequences of SGBV
  • Analyse when and where SGBV could be occurring in your operation
  • Identify links to short and longer term prevention and response straegies
  • Identify SGBV as a human rights violation
  • Describe therelationship between rights holders and duty bearers
  • Analyse the ability to exercise rights and the violationsof rights in your operation
  • Explain the sources of these rights
  • Explain the importance of the mutli-sectoral model
  • Implement effective and ethical data collection
  • Describe UNHCR's key stages for protection from SGBV; situation analysis, coordination, targeted protection interventions, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop effective objectives and strategies to prevent the causes of SGBV in the short and long term, and monitor and document the steps taken.


This course was developed for humanitarian managers within UNHCR. Some of the policies and procedures mentioned may be specific to UNHCR and may be different within your organisation. 


This course will take around 6 hours to complete. 

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PHAP Credentialing Program: Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

This course will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

In particular, the course addresses some aspects of segment 1.5 of the certification assessment outline.

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