Master of Advanced Studies
in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Mashlm

Tailored Program in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education   Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education

Combine the academic excellence of the MAS with the flexibility to choose the most relevant courses for your professional development.

Tailored Program in Humanitarian Logistics and Management gives the following options:

DAS | 30 ECTS
Diploma of Advanced Studies in
Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Choose 3 of the 6 blocks corresponding to 3 weeks of study.

 

CAS | 10 ECTS 
Certificate of Advanced Studies in
Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Choose 1 of the 6 blocks corresponding to 1 week of study.

 

Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Face-to-face instruction

MASHLM courses are interactive. Lectures are complemented by games, simulations, case studies, and group work. Participants actively contribute to classroom discussions, adding their practical know-how to academic theory.

Preparation

Between the study blocks, participants will work individually or in small groups on different projects designed to allow participants to put into practice what they have learned in class.

Exams

Each one-week block is followed by final exams and assignments which participants work on in their own time and deliver online. Exams are administered online using the Moodle e-learning platform.

 

Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education

PROGRAM CONTENT

The curriculum is delivered across courses with expert faculty from all over the world.

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Block 1

▼ Introduction to Humanitarian Action

The course aims at familiarizing the master's participants with the environment in which international humanitarian action takes place, as well as with the range of humanitarian institutions and their relations with various categories of stakeholders.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementProvide an overview of the basic concepts of humanitarian action and its relations with international development cooperation, a germane policy instrument;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementPresent and discuss developments and trends in the world society, notably armed violence, and their humanitarian consequences;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAnalyze the international response to humanitarian crises and the architecture of humanitarian action (overview and typology of actors);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementFamiliarize the participants with some of the main issues and challenges that presently confront humanitarian action and humanitarian actors.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementHumanitarian action;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementThe world under stress;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementGlobal governance and humanitarian actors;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementThe UN response to crises;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementRelations of humanitarian actors with political and military actors;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementFrom emergency to development: Humanitarian action and international development cooperation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementHumanitarian funding;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Relations of actors among themselves and relations with national/local institutions and the beneficiaries.

Jacques Forster Humanitarian Operations

Jacques Forster
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Switzerland

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▼ Supply Chain Principles

The course covers the operational and strategic aspects of all the elements or components of the logistics process from a supply chain management perspective.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementIntroduce the building blocks of supply chain management from both practical and analytical perspectives;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementDevelop the basic logistics concepts and frameworks for decision-making in supply chain management settings;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementIt includes an introduction to supply chain management, supply chain elements, supply chain integration and some strategic consideration in supply chain management.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementIntroduction and Customer Service;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementSourcing and Contract Management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementWarehousing and Inventory;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementReverse Logistics and Transportation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementOperations and Logistics Information Systems;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementLogistics Channels and Network Design;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAlignment of Supply and Demand and Management Strategies;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementGlobal Logistics and Risk Management.

Gerard de Villiers Humanitarian Logistics

Gerard de Villiers
Arup Consultants

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▼ Transportation Management

Effective transportation management plays a key role in responding to humanitarian crises stemming from events such as natural disasters, armed conflicts, epidemics, and famine. This course explores transportation issues, presents analytical and managerial approaches to address the issues, and positions transportation as a key component in the overall supply chain.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementCapability to more effectively manage transportation through market analysis, procurement strategies, dynamic planning, and the use of technology;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAbility to articulate a transportation strategy across the organization and within the logistics strategy.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementShipper’s Perspective;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Fundamentals: modes, costs, time, terms and equipment for international and inland transportation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Networks;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Cost Structures;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Procurement;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Analysis using Linear Regression;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementMultimodal Transportation Network Planning;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTransportation Planning: decision models.

Gerard de Villiers Humanitarian Logistics

Gerard de Villiers
Arup Consultants

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Block 2

▼ Project Management Principles

The objective of the project management teaching module is to cover the basic principles and advanced methods for managing complex projects. Examples of complex projects in humanitarian logistics are the establishment of logistics infrastructures such as distribution centers in various parts of the world or the implementation of new information technology and communications systems to improve ongoing operations and disaster response.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementThe overall objective of this course is to introduce basic principles, methods, and tools for project management in a realistic context, such that they can be taken back to the workplace to improve your ability to manage complex development projects;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementUnderstand the theory underlying the methods and tools of project management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementBe able to apply the methods and tools and understand their limitations;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementObtain an appreciation for organizational and human aspects in (1) Project Organizations and (2) Project Manager soft skills and typical profiles.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementWork Breakdown Structures (WBS);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementCritical Path Method (CPM);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementProgram Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementWorkflow and Design Structure Matrices (DSM);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementBudgeting and Earned Value Management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementProject Risk Management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementHuman and Organizational Aspects of Project Management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementPrinciples of Project Management Summary.

Afreen Siddiqi Humanitarian Management

Afreen Siddiqi
MIT

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Olivier Weck Humanitarian Management

Olivier L. de Weck
MIT

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▼ Process Management and Lean Six Sigma

Managing and improving processes that create and deliver an organization’s primary products and services is critically important for the long-term survival and success of all organizations. Accordingly, this course will expose you to the principles of Process Management which will help you understand, analyze, improve and manage processes in Humanitarian Logistics. Two major approaches for process improvement emerged separately in the 20th century and have come to be known as “Lean” and “Six Sigma” methodologies. Lean improvements focus on process speed and waste removal, while Six Sigma focuses on the removal of process defects for quality improvements and the reduction of process variability.

At the end of the course, you will earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate.

Objectives

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTo introduce you to the concepts, tools, and techniques of Process Management using Lean Six Sigma that are particularly useful in successfully managing processes commonly encountered in Humanitarian Logistics;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAdopt the process management viewpoint to understand humanitarian logistics processes and identify their performance measures in terms of cost, quality, speed, service, and flexibility. Define, describe, and utilize concepts fundamental to process analysis;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAnalyze complex processes using suitable process analysis techniques and make sound recommendations for improving processes;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementDevelop an understanding of the Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques, including the DMAIC methodology.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Overview of Lean Six Sigma;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Business Process Management: Process Flow Chart, Cycle Time, Takt Time, Capacity, Little's Law, Economies of Scale, Inventory Management;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Lean Six Sigma Tools and Techniques: SIPOC, Voice of Customer, Process Mapping, Value Analysis, Fishbone Chart, Benchmarking, Poka Yoke, Matching Demand and Supply, Improving Service Quality,  Risk Analysis - FMEA, Prototype and Pilot Testing, Stakeholder Analysis, 5 S Systems, Rapid Improvement Events, Process Control Charts.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management After successfully completing the course, a certificate for having completed the educational requirements of LSS Green Belt will be awarded. The full-fledged Green Belt certificate will be awarded when the student successfully completes a LSS Green Belt project under the guidance of a faculty instructor.

Uday Apte Humanitarian Management

Uday Apte
Graduate Schoold of Business and Public Policy

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Block 3

▼ Project Strategy & Scenario Planning

This course examines concepts, tools, and a method for conducting scenario analysis, defining strategic project objectives and project strategy, and allocating resources to a portfolio of strategic projects. Historically, smart managers have frequently made wrong assumptions about the future with great certainty.  Scenario planning is a disciplined method for imagining possible futures that is designed to overcome common decision-making errors such as overconfidence and the tendency to look only for confirming evidence of current beliefs.

Once managers have developed a more robust view of the future, they can more effectively define sets of projects to build future organizational competencies.  This course will also examine project objective definition and present heuristics for project strategy and execution in complex and uncertain environments.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Construct scenarios scalable to any organizational need;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Define a strategic project’s objectives and strategy;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Evaluate alternative projects for resource allocation.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Focus Question, Time Frame, Hexagons or Affinity Diagram;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Stakeholder list, Stakeholder x Issues Matrix;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Behavior-over-time Chart, Causal-loop Diagram;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Uncertainties, Possible Outcomes, Uncertainty Correlation Matrix;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management 3 ways to construct initial scenarios;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Learning scenarios, researching scenarios;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Early indicators, Scenario Matrix;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Analytical Prioritization Matrix.

Don Greer Humanitarian Management

Don Greer
President,
Greer Black Company

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▼ Analytical Thinking

This course aims – primarily – at transferring the basic and most important knowledge on conducting empirical research. This means that students should be brought into a position in which they are able to conduct an empirical research project by themselves. Thus, the major part of this course can be seen as a training ground for the students’ master theses. However, the course also aims at helping students to “make sense” of statistics.

Making sense of statistics is a particularly important aspect of empirical research. However, not only typical statistical fallacies will be addressed in this course, but also the topic of how to use and to interpret multivariate methods and results. Beyond these “quantitative” aspects of the course, qualitative research methods will also be presented.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management How to get started with a research project;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementData collection for quantitative studies;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementResults interpretation and presentation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduction to qualitative research;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementThe connection between theory and empirics.

Nikolaus Beck Humanitarian Research Theory and Practice

Nicolaus Beck
Università della Svizzera italiana,

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▼ Strategic Planning

This course examines concepts, tools, and processes for planning and executing an organization’s strategy, the “big-picture” approach to making decisions and allocating resources to achieve long-term goals related to its mission. Government agencies and not-for-profits, as well as for-profit organizations, use their resources more effectively when they: (1) Have a well-articulated, coherent strategy appropriate to the external environment; (2) Put in place sustainable resources and activities to implement that strategy; and (3) Help individuals understand how their work relates to the organization’s strategy overall.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementArticulated and/or critiqued your organization’s mission, vision, values, and three key objectives;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementConducted stakeholder analyses for two of those objectives;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementAnalyzed your organization’s external environments, including assessing possible consequences of current trends in the environment;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementPerformed internal analyses of your organization, focusing on resources and capabilities;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementMade well-reasoned, actionable recommendations, informed by your analyses, for 3 strategic projects to help your organization be more effective in articulating and/or implementing its strategy;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementCreated a plan for engaging relevant stakeholders on work related to one of your organization’s strategic objectives.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementThe strategic plan that matters. “Planning” as orientation and integration. Why the process matters.  Communication iterations and cycles for creating shared understanding;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementMissions, visions, and values. Strategic and financial objectives. Generic strategic approaches to organizational distinction;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementStakeholder analyses. Distinguishing between the donor environment and the beneficiary environment. Managing stakeholders to achieve organizational objectives;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Applying Porter’s Five Forces analysis to the donor environment. Analysis of trends driving change in the operational environment;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Resources and capabilities. Assessing strategically valuable resources. Core and distinctive capabilities;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Comparing the resource view with the vision, mission, objectives, and strategy. Assessing the fit of internal resources with external environments to achieve objectives. Making strategic, actionable recommendations;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Communication pacing. Visual works-in-process. The value of “bad drafts.” Creating action plans based on shared understanding.

Laura Black Humanitarian Management

Laura Black
Co-founder,
Human Scale Business

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Block 4

▼ System Dynamics

This course introduces you to system dynamics modeling with an emphasis on supply chain management issues. You will learn to visualize supply chains and other systems in terms of the structures and policies that create dynamics and regulate performance.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduce students to the theory and practice of system dynamics;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To provide a general framework for conceptualizing and understanding dynamics of any system;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To provide specific insight into the dynamics of supply chains and other structures such as epidemics and work-accomplishment;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To improve students’ understanding of the ways in which system performance can be improved.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To model is human;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management System Dynamics: A way to model;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Patterns of behavior;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Patterns and Feedback loops;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management ArchetypesStocks and flows;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Supply chains.

Jim Hines Humanitarian Operations System Dynamics

Jin Hines
MIT and Astute System Dynamics

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▼ Statistics

This course aims to familiarize students with statistical theory, tools, and methods required for business systems analysis and improvement, emphasizing their application in real life situations.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduce students to the principles of statistics and its applications to common humanitarian contexts;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Gain understanding of concepts in probability and statistics and their applications;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Gain understanding of statistical models and their applications;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Learn to use excel to address applied statistical problems.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Descriptive Statistics;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Continuous Distributions;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Sampling Distributions;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Confidence Intervals;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Hypothesis testing;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Significance;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Linear Regression;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Multiple Regression.

Alessandro Serrano Humanitarian Management

Alessandro Serrano
MIT

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▼ Managerial Accounting

This course covers both financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting primarily focuses on providing information to external stakeholders (such as shareholders and debt holders for for-profit firms and donors and stakeholders in non-profit organizations). Managerial accounting primarily focuses on providing information to internal parties, such as managers and executives.

The first part of this course will focus on financial accounting, which is often referred to as the language of business. Students will gain experience with the basic terminology and tools to prepare and read a set of financial statements from both for profit and non-profit providers. Financial accounting is like a language; students become more fluent with practice. The second part of the course explores the use of accounting information for internal planning and decision-making.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management The main objective of the course is to equip you with the knowledge to understand, evaluate, and act upon the financial and non-financial reports used in managing modern firms. The emphasis in this course is very much on interpretation, evaluation, and decision making;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Understand the mechanics of financial accounting;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Acquire the basic language and tools to assess and communicate the impact of logistics on a firm’s financial performance;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Understand the various links between operating variables and financial performance;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Be able to obtain relevant information from financial statements;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Understand the difference between the various types of costs involved when assessing the impact of a decision.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduction to Financial Reporting and Analysis: how cash accounting works; what is accrual accounting; understanding the Balance Sheet; understanding the Income Statement;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Cash Flow Statement & Analysis: Introduction to the Cash Flow Statement; How does it differ from the Income Statement;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Financial and Inventory Related Ratios;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Working Capital Requirements;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Profit vs Cash Flow. Sustainable Growth;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Financials in the Value Chain;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduction to Investment Decisions. Net Present Value;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Decisions at Capacity.

Alessandro Serrano Humanitarian Management

Alessandro Serrano
MIT

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▼ Project Development

Social innovations include ideas, concepts, processes and organizations that focus on societal needs. Social entrepreneurship can be understood as the process of identifying and starting a new business venture to address a pressing public and societal need.

This course starts by exposing students to pressing societal needs, then introduces them to the concepts and techniques associated with human-centered design for social innovation. Through a combination of methods, such as ideation and prototyping students learn to design robust ideas for social innovations.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduce students to the principles of social innovations;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Adopt a Human Center Design (HCD) approach as a driving force to guide students through the different design process stages, such as discover, ideate and prototype;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Expose students to processes that would allow them to generate robust ideas for social innovations.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management HCD approach & Discovery Phase;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Individual Local Challenges;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Ideation Phase;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Innovation Tournaments & Darwinator;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Innovation Tournament and Principles of Idea Screening;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Real-Win-Worth-it (RWW) criteria;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Idea Defense and Recombination;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduction to User Journey and Biases (The Fogg’s Principles);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Build-measure-learn cycle and OODA loops;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management External search;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Prototype phase;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Final pitch.

Paulo Gonçalvez Humanitarian Management

Paulo Gonçalves
Università della Svizzera italiana,

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Block 5

▼ Operations and Supply Chain Management

This course is designed to familiarize participants with advanced analytical models that can aid in making distribution and routing decisions such as: Where and when to procure? Where to store? How to transport? We will also focus on modeling and analyzing the trade-offs between cost and speed of delivery and the role of uncertainty.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To improve the participant's ability to analyze and assess various trade-offs present in managing distribution and routing of supplies and incorporate uncertainty in decision making.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Network flows;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Multi-commodity network flows;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Networks over time;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Bottlenecks and trade-offs;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Role of uncertainty and decision trees Routing vehicles.

Julie Swann Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Julie Swann
Co-founder,
Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics

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Özlem Ergun Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Özlem Ergun
Northeast University

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▼ Optimization Models

This course aims to familiarize mashlm participants with management science techniques for the analysis and improvement of humanitarian systems. The techniques, including linear and integer programming, and goal programming, will be illustrated through examples and case studies derived from humanitarian applications.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduce students to the principles and practices of management science models for the analysis and improvement of humanitarian systems;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To provide an analytical framework for modeling and improving processes and decisions in humanitarian contexts;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To convey an intuitive understanding of widely-used analytical techniques and their applications (e.g., Linear and Integer Programming);
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To provide hands-on experience with implementing models learned in class using excel.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Linear Programming (LP) Applications: Budget allocation, scheduling, transportation, production planning, transshipment and general transportation problems, shortest path and max flow;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Integer Programming Applications: Optimizing distribution of food aid with capacity constraints and losses, locating facilities to meet demand of beneficiaries, supply and demand constraints.

Paulo Gonçalvez Humanitarian Management

Paulo Gonçalves
Università della Svizzera italiana,

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▼ Crisis Information Management

Information Management is critical to support an evidence-based decision-making process that has the affected population at the forefront.  This fundamental session will explore the main aspects for effective management of information in a humanitarian crisis.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To explain IM principles applied to the humanitarian environment and coordination structures;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To explain principles and tools related to the development of an Information Management Strategy;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To demonstrate practical skills to leverage geographic information with user-friendly, free tools available online;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To demonstrate abilities to estimate populations through various techniques and to develop a Population Management Strategy;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To explain concepts of analysis in humanitarian situations and basic principles of visualization of information.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Information and Coordination;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Information Management Strategy Development;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Geographic Information;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Population Estimation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Analysis and Visualization.

Simulation
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management This pertains to Needs Assessment and Crisis Information Management. It is a scenario based practical exercise that will simulate a crisis and will require students to apply concepts and skills learn previously in the course.  

Andrew Alspach Humanitarian Operation

Andrew Alspach
United Nations OCHA

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▼ Needs Assessment

This session will cover the basic components of assessing needs in a humanitarian situation and analytical process to classify the severity of need. 

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Students can explain methodologies, processes, and planning related to assessing needs in a crisis environment;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Students can demonstrate the application of methods to assign needs severity to an affected population. 

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Needs assessment fundamentals;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Analysis of the severity of needs.

Andrew Alspach Humanitarian Operation

Andrew Alspach
United Nations OCHA

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Block 6

▼ Simulation/Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance

The delivery of humanitarian assistance and, indeed, the significance of the term humanitarianism in today’s political climate, are increasingly under scrutiny. We are witnessing situations such as the Ebola crisis and ongoing conflicts in Syria and the Congo that increasingly challenge the ability of the humanitarian community to be of assistance to those in need. In addition, the increasingly important role of “outside” actors such as the military and the corporate sector, pose significant challenges to what has been long considered the domain of a loosely described humanitarian community.

Questions arise, such as what are the essential differences between humanitarian assistance and the direct provision of relief, or does it even matter? When does humanitarian assistance become part of the conflict, regardless of the intentions of the assistance providers? And finally, how meaningful is the generally accepted distinction between relief and development?

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management To provide students with background on the humanitarian system and the tools and approaches required to deal with the changing nature of humanitarian preparedness and response in the field and at headquarters.
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management A major question to be discussed is what is the future of humanitarian assistance? We will examine the concerns generated by the need for organizations to be accountable to a wide constituency, including beneficiaries, donors, the public, and the press.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management How does one evaluate donor views on achievable goals as opposed to those of the relief organization field director or the UN official in charge?;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management What are the structural and operational imperatives and obstacles guiding decision making at theheadquarters and field level?;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management What are the links between data and program planning and operations?;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management How do issues of standards and accountability come into play in decision making?;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management The realities of staff training and staff selection;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Coordination as opposed to cooperation—an appraisal;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Civilian and military interaction—the changing relationship;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Political factors in the delivery of assistance.

Roy Williams Humanitarian Operation

Roy Williams
CEO and President,
Center for Humanitarian Operation

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▼ Disaster Risk Reduction

This course aims to introduce and explore key elements of the theory and practice of disaster management, resilience and disaster risk reduction (DRR). With a core focus on vulnerability, participants will apply and critically review emergency-oriented approaches to risk, and compare and contrast these with developmentally-oriented understandings and tools. Models used in practice will be combined with practical tools and approaches including participatory assessment, negotiation, and social media.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Understand the linkages between development and emergency related concepts of risk, hazards, vulnerability, capacity, assets, governance and discrimination;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Critically review different approaches and tools used in practice;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Apply planning and analysis tools and approaches to different situations.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Pressure And Release (PAR) model and the cycle of disaster;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Local to global chronic vulnerability;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Disaster simulation;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Relief-recovery lessons - Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Livelihoods/resilience model as a people-centered approach for linking elements that determine community level risk;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Assessment tools for people-centred programme design - participatory rapid appraisal (PRA) techniques;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Lessons from ALNAP’s 2012 urban disasters lessons paper. Governance, and its central relationship to vulnerability.

David Sanderson Humanitarian Operation

David Sanderson
UNSW Australia

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▼ Legal Aspects of Humanitarian Action

The current humanitarian action is characterized by a multitude of different actors of a varying nature. These actors mainly consist of relief agencies, donors and beneficiaries; and all three groups of actors comprise governmental as well as non-governmental agencies. The module "Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action" takes account of the fact that each and every humanitarian situation presupposes acquaintance of decision-makers, both on the side of implementing agencies as of donors, with the legal framework conditions. These framework conditions bear in particular on the right of a humanitarian actor to access, the protection of the mission itself as the protection of the individual relief worker.

The course will familiarize participants with the theoretical and conceptual contexts of the international legal framework of humanitarian action, both in – international and non-international – armed conflict as in natural and technological disasters. Participants will further enhance competencies to carry out comprehensive analyses of conflict and non-conflict emergency situations, to develop a deep understanding of legal aspects of humanitarian action and to identify responsibilities in implementing humanitarian action and in assuming accountability.

Objectives
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementTo improve the student's ability to carry out comprehensive analyses of conflict and non-conflict emergency situations;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Familiarize participants with the theoretical and conceptual contexts of Public International Law and with International Humanitarian Law and International Disaster Relief Law in particular;
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Enable participants to consider and apply international law in emergency situations, in particular the right of humanitarian actors to access, the protection of the mission itself as the protection of the individual relief worker.

Topics
Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Introduction to legal methodology and international law:
Functions of law / of int'l public law;
Areas of legal regulation;
Notion of "international legal regulation";
Regulation vs. enforcement.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Legal personality in and sources of international law:
Legal personality;
States;
International organizations;
"Traditional" subjects of int'l law;
Individuals;
Humanitarian organisations as "humanitarian actors".

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementSources
International treaties;
International custom;
Principles of int'l law;
"Guidelines" vs. "sources of law".

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Basic structures of international humanitarian law (IHL)
IHL, human rights law and the Charter of the United Nations;
Types of armed conflict;
   International armed conflicts;
   Non-international armed conflicts;
   "International disturbances and tensions";
The principle of distinction;
   Combatants;
   Civilians and the civilian population.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Protection of (groups of) individuals and restrictions on weapons and methods of warfare;
Protection of combatants;
   Wounded and sick;
   Prisoners of war.
Protection of civilians;
   Civilian objects;
   Civilian population.
Conventional weapons;
Weapons of mass destruction.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management IHL regime of humanitarian action
Humanitarian action in international armed conflict;
   Within occupied territory;
   Outside occupied territory.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementHumanitarian action in non-international armed conflict
Treaty law;
Customary law.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management Problem of a "right to humanitarian intervention"
Right vs. duty to offer humanitarian assistance;
Concepts of "droit d'intervention"; "droit d'ingérence"; "human security", "right to protect";
State practice / customary law.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementExisting legal regulation for humanitarian action in non-conflict situations
UN GA Resolution 46 / 182;
Oslo Guidelines on the Use of MCDA (Military and Civil Defence Assets);
Guidelines on the Use of MCDA to Support UN Humanitarian Activities in Complex Emergencies;
Treaty law regulation.

Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain ManagementIDRL Guidelines (2007)
Characteristics of existing laws, rules and principles;
Challenges in the field;
Structure and content of the IDRL Guidelines.

Security

Monitoring & Evaluation

Fundraising

 

Tutorials

Organized by PhD students in the Humanitarian Operations Team, two tutorial sessions are scheduled during each MASHLM block. Tutorials give participants the chance to practice what they learned in class, ask for clarification, and review theory in a lab-style atmosphere.

Tutorial sessions also support the thesis process and provide instruction and help for the specific assignments related to the thesis. Thesis tutorial topics include Academic Writing, Article Summaries, Literature Review, and Research Methodologies.

 

Seminars

During each block throughout the year, academics and practitioners from all over the world visit USI to teach intensive courses in the MASHLM program. The Humanitarian Insights seminar series was designed to share the opportunity to interact with our visitors with our colleagues, our friends, and the community.

Seminar topics range from societal impact issues and activities, management and operations, to current events and tools. Each seminar is followed by an informal gathering.

 

Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education

DEGREE

DAS | Diploma of Advanced Studies | 30 ECTS

CAS | Certificate of Advanced Studies | 10 ECTS

 

TUITION

DAS | Diploma of Advanced Studies | 30 ECTS -  CHF 14'000

CAS | Certificate of Advanced Studies | 10 ECTS - CHF 5'000

 

ACCREDITATION

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is one of 12 universities under the Swiss university system, coordinated by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversitites). swissuniversities represents all 12 Swiss universities and maintains relationships with other accredited universities outside Switzerland. As a recognized university that is part of the public system, the degree-granting body of the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management is USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

To ensure international recognition, in 2002 USI became the first Swiss university to adopt the Bologna Reform and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The Bologna Declaration mandates that all taught courses and coursework are to be quantified in ECTS points. The ECTS guarantees that credits are wholly compatible and transferable within and across the broader European university system.

 

Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Education