Humanitarian Futures: A lifecycle approach


80 hours







Next Intake

To be determined


This unit prepares humanitarian respondes fo rhte changing face of humanitarian programming, as the sector shifts from an external intervention/post-disaster surge model, to self-generated planning coherent capacity-based programming across the humanitarian lifecycle. It integrates new approaches to working, existing analytical tools, models, coordination mechanismas, digital tools. It focuses on capacity for reflective practice whilst developing partnerships for self-generated solutions. An extended case study challenges participants to become more self-aware self-managing.

Course content

  • Self-awareness to self-management
  • Coherent lifecycle planning
  • Personal team-oriented goal setting
  • Situation-awareness to situation-management
  • Integrated inclusive programming
  • Stakeholder mapping engagement: fostering partnerships
  • Innovations, digital tools systems
  • Defining measuring success
  • Building resilient teams: peer feedback support
  • Problem solving on the move
  • Personal reflection planning
  • Coherent programming
  • Partnerships, collaboration, coordination
  • Course correction/steering
  • Sector perspectives
  • Skills gap analysis review
  • Project Review
  • Personal review, targets peer review
  • What next?


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


Previous work or study in humanitarian action is essential.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.If possible, bring a laptop, tablet or other wi-fi enabled device that you can use to access resources during the sessions.

Suited to

This course is for experienced humanitarian practitioners wishing to extend their knowledge and capacity in a changing humanitarian sector; private sector professionals seeking to improve organisational practice in this sphere; and post-graduate students who have fulfilled pre-requisite related studies in this field.


On completion, participants will have developed a critical understanding of:

  • The humanitarian lifecycle
  • Strategies to support coherent programming, results-based analysis, and movement towards a capacities- and needs-driven approach
  • Links between local capacity, the international reform process and wider humanitarian imperatives and skills to:
  • Assess contexts and relationships
  • Manage tolerance for ambiguity and build resilience in self and teams
  • Manage their own role, capacities and inhibitors

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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