NOHA Advanced Summer School in Humanitarian Protection 2018 / Brussels

The sixth edition of this unique course on humanitarian protection offers an informed and practice­-oriented approach to the main challenges, current discussions and key issues around humanitarian protection. The course consists of a combination of lectures, case studies and in-­depth discussions. Participants will be presented with concepts and tools to assess protection needs in order to develop programs in protection.

“I really believe this course will help me with my career improvement and goals!

“Good written material providing a good overview of the issues.”

“I am also very satisfied with the staff of the course. They are professional, skilled and very kind.”

“It was a very complicated period at work to undertake this training. I will go back to the material once again as I found them extremely relevant and useful.”

"The face-to-face seminar in Brussels was really interesting and very well structured. I could learn a lot and apply it to practical cases, discuss with partners and put theory into "practice". Definitely worth going!

The protection of affected populations in situations of crisis, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters, has become a main element of humanitarian action. Humanitarian agencies have developed policies, manuals and guidelines in protection. However, its operationalization remains a challenge due to, inter alia, the persistent ambiguity of the concept, its complexity, and, in many cases, the lack of external references and standards for implementation.

This course is a blend of theory and practical learning which will introduce participants to sector-specific information, will give them practical opportunities to apply the concepts to operational approaches to humanitarian protection, and will equip participants with skills and competencies for designing and implementing humanitarian protection projects and activities.

The course faculty is comprised of leading experts from around the humanitarian world presenting conceptual and practical insight into the course content thus providing students with first-hand experience and examples and case studies drawn from major humanitarian emergencies.

The NOHA Advanced Summer School in Humanitarian Protection is organised by the University of Deusto, member of the NOHA Network, with the collaboration of the Global Humanitarian Team of Oxfam and the support of DG ECHO.

Course directors:

  • Dr Cristina Churruca Muguruza (Human Rights Institute – University of Deusto)
  • Dr Enrique Eguren (Independent Expert)


  • Dr Cristina Churruca
  • Dr Enrique Eguren
  • Anne-Sophie Lankholm (DG ECHO Global Thematic Coordinator – Protection)
  • Pilar Duch (Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team)

Course summary

Mode of delivery

  • Option I: Full online course

  • Option II: Blended learning (Online and face-to-face modes)

Course length
6 weeks (online, with a 3-day face-to-face seminar for the blended path, see below).

May 21 – June 30, 2018 (6 weeks)
For the blended path only: face-to-face seminar in Brussels, during the week starting on June 4, three days

Award received
NOHA Certificate (certified postgraduate level, equivalent to 2 ECTS)

This course is targeted to persons with experience in humanitarian work.

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How to apply

Candidates should fill in the registration form. Upon registration candidates should also upload their CV.

  • Maximum 35 participants.
  • Prospective students for the blended option are responsible for their visa arrangements and all their expenses for attending the seminar.

Key dates

  • Pre-registration until April 6, 2018
  • Selected applicants will be notified by email by April 9, 2018: registrations will become effective only after payment of the course fee
  • Final payment deadline: April 27, 2018
  • Waitlisted candidates will be notified (in case of acceptance) right after April 30, 2018

Course Fee
Course fee (inclusive of all course materials): 475 € for online path or 550 € for blended path. A limited number of grants (fee reduced to 325 ) for online path are available upon motivated request.

The fee will be fully reimbursed for valid reasons if requested before May 12, 2018 (a 50% cancellation fee will be retained from May 12 onwards).

Participants are responsible for their own travel, visa and accommodation arrangements.

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