Certificate in Gender and Humanitarian Action

Course Overview

Human displacement created by conflict, ethnic cleansing, and politically induced famine often emerges unannounced, rendering it difficult to plan for in the first instance. Responding to humanitarian emergencies is fraught with difficulties from the outset. In any crisis, different genders and different ages of people are prone to suffering in different aspects and therefore the kind of help to be given to these different categories differs across the lines. Women and young girls are vulnerable to sexual violence while their male counterparts are likely to be killed as they are seen to propagate violence. On the other hand, the old cannot take care of themselves and even run away including the children. Adopting a gender-sensitive approach to humanitarian situations is important in ensuring that all needs of the different age sets and genders are met.

The course is aimed at equipping learners with skills on the importance of addressing gender matters in any humanitarian action. Tools to be used in ensuring equitable distribution of justice and help across the divide are also discussed in detail and gain a deeper understanding of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Marker which is a key tool in humanitarian action.


Course Content

  • Key concepts, policies and the legal framework of gender and humanitarian action
  • Sex and age as tools for analysis of gender in humanitarian action
  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee as a gender marker
  • Application of gender-sensitive approach in mitigation of segregation based on gender
  • Protection of transgender individuals
  • Evaluation of gender across selected clusters in terms of age and sex
  • Gender based violence and humanitarian action


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.


DURATION: 3 Months



ORGANIZERS: Development Dimensions Africa


FORMAT: Online Learning

GENERAL COURSE CONTACT: infoinfo@humanitarianagenda.org


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