Education in Emergencies


Embedding education as a fundamental humanitarian response

Education is a fundamental component of humanitarian assistance. As such, this nine-month programme has been designed to equip education staff with the knowledge and skills required to plan and coordinate high quality education in emergencies (EiE) responses.

The programme is now accredited by University of Geneva as a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). It will carry 11 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits which amounts to a third of a Masters (and is the equivalent of a PG Cert (UK). Using a blended learning approach, you will find yourself immersed in simulations, undertaking placements and gaining support through mentoring as well as classroom-based learning.

Who is it aimed at?

The programme is open to mid-career level education specialists (programme manager level or similar) working in humanitarian or development education programmes.

You will:

  • Be an education professional with at least 5 years’ relevant experience
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have a good level of written and spoken English
  • Be working in an education in emergencies project or programme or an education programme in an emergency prone area (rapid or slow onset)
  • Currently have mid-level education responsibilities which includes some or all of the following areas:
    • Conducting needs assessments and analysis
    • Proposal development
    • Programme design and modification
    • Programme management (including of individuals and budgets)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation and reporting

Course breakdown

  • The nine-month programme will take a blended learning approach
  • Two-week residential learning with classroom based session and simulations
  • Nine-month distance learning online
  • A minimum of two-weeks' placement experience
  • Ongoing mentoring throughout the programme
  1. EiE Concepts, Frameworks
  2. Cross-cutting Issues
  3. Holistic and Integrated Programming
  4. Teaching and Learning
  5. Support Systems and Sustainability: Parents, Communities and Authorities
  6. Programme Design and Implementation
  7. Application of Learning (Face-to-face Residential)
  8. Reflection and Synthesis

The curriculum materials we have developed will simultaneously remain within the domain of Save the Children, and will be made available in modularised form. This means that the menu of constituent modules/sessions which make up the full CAS can also be accessed by Regional Offices, Country Offices etc. to build and roll-out short, bespoke EiE capacity building interventions at low cost which respond to local gaps and needs.

We will support actors to do this through translation of materials, contextualisation, delivery of Training of Trainers (ToT), provision of advice and guidance, and sharing of resources.

For more information on this, please see this document which outlines our vision. In the first instance though, please contact

EiE Cycle One Programme Report

You can read our report on the first programme cohort of participants from East Africa here

Find out more about the course background and content.

How to apply

Applications for the next Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education in Emergencies are currently open. Download the information pack and application form below.

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