Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance

Course Overview

The main aim of this training is to provide training in humanitarian action, disaster prevention, preparedness and response and thereby enhance human resource capacity for managing the humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and complex emergencies worldwide.

Experienced aid workers realize that their work may put them in danger, and they contribute to individual and group security by respecting sound security protocols, maintaining positive interpersonal relationships (with officials, community members, and colleagues), and collecting and sharing relevant information. In sum, the consummate humanitarian worker combines compassion, commitment, and integrity with technical proficiency in promoting the delivery of the most appropriate, evidence-based, and up-to-date preventive and curative health services—a tall order in what are often very challenging environments.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To provide volunteers and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds with extensive insight into the needs of refugees and internally displaced people in acute and chronic settings and equip them with the awareness, understanding, and skills that are essential for effective service in a humanitarian crisis,
  • To enable humanitarian workers to function effectively, both as individuals and members of a team, in acute and chronic situations of conflict and disaster,
  • To promote cooperation and dialogue between international, governmental, and non-governmental agencies involved in humanitarian action (assistance and protection),
  • To evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice,
  • To examine ways in which humanitarian crises can be anticipated and prevented.
  • To create a more effective synergy between emergency humanitarian interventions and programmes promoting sustainable development.

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Protection – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Roles and Agendas of the Major Stake Holders
  • Emergency preparedness and strategic planning
  • The role of the Media
  • Humanitarian Ethics and Codes of Conduct
  • Gender issues; vulnerable groups in displaced populations
  • Peacekeeping, peace-building and peace-making
  • Exit strategies in humanitarian assistance programmes


There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), a research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.


Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Diploma Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be sent after the successful completion of the course.

Organizers: Action Institute For Professional Studies

Course Duration: 6 months

Language: English

Target Audience: Global

Format: Online and Distance Learning 


Email: info@actionafricainstitute.org

Website: www.actionafricainstitute.org

Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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