The objective of the module is to examine some of the essential skills necessary for professional working in these fast-changing environments. In particular, the module focuses on leadership skills, team management skills and skills to perform effectively and efficiently as part of a team/organization. The last session includes a component on stress and stress management and introduces students to a number of techniques that can be applied for self-support, but also to support peers and members of communities in conflict-affected countries.
Indicative themes covered:
- Introduction to leadership in complex environments
- Leading organisational change in humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts
- Decision-making in unpredictable contexts
- Team management in humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts
- Teamwork in diverse teams
- Stress and stress management
The module runs over 11 weeks from mid-September to beginning December. It is divided between 2 weeks of readings, 6 weeks of staff-led activities covering the 6 themes above and 3 weeks of preparation of assignments. During the 6 staff-led weeks, you will participate to stimulating webinars, group discussions, simulation, quizzes and group exercises. External experts will be invited to participate to the webinars. You will be proposed to reflect on your practice and to test your new learning in the field to ‘learn as much as possible by doing’. You will have also opportunities to share with other practitioners working in similar fields in order to learn from peer experiences.
The lecturing team is composed of highly experienced academic and practitioners based all over the world. Facilitators and teaching assistants will be mentoring you during your learning experience.
The module is designed for practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding, though is open also to personnel working in related fields (such as military and police officers deployed or about to be deployed in field operations, civil servants – including diplomats – in charge of humanitarian affairs, academics teaching humanitarian affairs, journalists, etc.) seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of critical issues related to humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Finally, the module addresses practitioners working in other professional sectors, interested in exploring opportunities in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding.
The module can be taken individually or part of a PGcert or a Master's Degree in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding, offered jointly by the Centre for Emergency and Development Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Find us on: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/humanitarian-action-and-peacebuilding/ or https://www.onlinelearning.unitar.org