Managing and leading an NGO is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. A widening range of knowledge, skills and strategies are necessary to achieve results, enhance impact and remain effective.
The focus of our training courses is on gaining a thorough understanding of key concepts of NGO management, sharpening practical skills and developing strategies that you can immediately use in your work. We address real-life problems in a participatory and interactive learning environment to help you enhancing your management capacity. Participating in our courses helps you to move forward in your job and career.
Our trainings are compact, cost-effective and cover essential themes permitting participants to constantly evaluate their own stakes and find solutions for particular issues they are facing in their daily work. Through an action-learning approach our expert trainers also share their own extensive field experience. We believe that by offering targeted training to groups of diverse participants we can facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between dedicated individuals. We offer courses in Geneva and in a number of countries.
NGO Management School is eduQua certified. eduQua is the Swiss quality management certification for training providers. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.
The NGO Management School assists your organisation in management capacity building and in strengthening organisational efficiency. We provide managers and leaders with what is needed to achieve their organisation’s objectives and to look beyond to contribute actively in developing new approaches for the communities they serve.
Executive Certificate Programmes
Education should be accessible to all and it is for this reason the NGO Management School Switzerland has developed certificate programmes that do not require any prerequisite in terms of formal qualifications. Certificate programmes are modular-based, thus allowing participants to either complete the whole programme over several months to attain the Executive Certificate, or to select individual modules offering specific knowledge or skills. We are currently preparing two programmes, the Executive Certificate in NGO Management and the Executive Certificate in Humanitarian Action.
Post-Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies
The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Strategic Development and Management of Humanitarian Action is designed for post-graduate students and is run in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) in Geneva, Switzerland. This seven week CAS is modular and open to post-graduates of any age or professional background. The CAS is part of the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Humanitarian Action, Geneva’s flagship programme for humanitarian education.
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Maricel Tuazon-Dela Cruz Director, Finance & AdministrationThe Asia Foundation, Philippines
A comprehensive, well-structured and highly interactive HR training by an excellent, well-experienced and competent trainer conducted in a great training facility. Logistical support from the NGO Management School was superb too. Indeed, a priceless learning experience worth the long travel from Manila to Geneva.
Alexandrina Dimitrova - Research & Development CoordinatorThe Cedar Foundation, Bulgaria
Excellent course! It was both useful and fun to meet knowledgeable trainers with lots of practical experience, spend time with other people working in NGOs from around the world, learn together with them and exchange ideas. I can’t wait to put everything I learned in practice and continue my career in the NGO sector with confidence and great enthusiasm!
Rita Azaar - Junior Professional OfficerUNICEF, Costa Rica
I really enjoyed my course at the NGO Management School. The small group and the experienced trainer really allowed for discussions and personal attention. I also highly appreciated the willingness of the trainer to offer assistance outside the course. The location was ideal and in general all logistical aspects were excellent. A huge thank you to the warm and friendly staff - you made me feel very welcome!
Rana Haddad Ibrahim - Education ConsultantLebanon
Both trainings attended were very practical which helped me a lot in my professional life. The trainers were very experienced and skilled. The added value is that we had like an individual training where every participant could develop their own project evaluation and fundraising strategy on which we got expert feedback. Most of all, I liked the professional conduct of the staff and their warm attitude and excellent administrative and logistic support.
Very nice and interactive learning from the course. It offered the great opportunity to learn from and share expertise with people from around the globe, and from the very experienced trainer. The NGO Management School is doing best efforts and the training is most useful.
My experience with the NGO Management School introduced me to a different professional environment that that expanded my knowledge and my opportunities in the non-profit world. The trainers had the ability to explain things in a simple way without taking the importance from a topic. I totally recommend NMS' Essentials of NGO Management course to everyone who wants to enter the NGO sector.
Laura Fernandez Diaz - Junior Project Coordinator, Governance and Membership International AIDS Society, Switzerland
Essentials of NGO Management is a ‘crash course’ on everything that it is important around international development and NGO management. We had a great variety of trainers and all the practical information that is so important when we want to apply the knowledge acquired into our current jobs in the NGO sector. The staff at NGO Management School were absolutely great. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it.
Thank you for organising the Essentials of Human Resource Management training. It was one of the best trainings I have ever attended. The trainer was excellent, and I got the opportunity to learn about HR practices from around the world since each participant was from a different country. It was a really fulfilling and fun week for me. I highly recommend this course to all NGOs.
Victoria FranklinGeneva, Switzerland
As a non-NGO professional, I found the course Essentials of NGO Management very useful and professional. The different speakers were very engaging and truly knowledged in their sphere. I also really enjoyed the group and everyone's life experience which brought the discussions to life.
I consider expertise and learning environment as key components of training and I was pleasantly surprised by the level of compliance to best practices in the regard. The modules were considerably relevant to my function as M&E Manager - the training contents and facilitation techniques were simply awesome, with a good mix between theory and practice. All this makes me recommend the NGO Management School as first choice training provider.
Advocacy Weekend Retreat 24 – 26 October 2014, Bellegarde, France (30 mins from Geneva, Switzerland)
The aim of this weekend retreat is to explore how to use and expand advocacy to mobilising people and organisations for systemic social change.
Participants will strengthen their analytical capacity for practical applications in future advocacy campaigns. The journey takes you through a balanced methodology; all exercises are based on self-realisation, independent and reflexive learning.
If you are interested in exploring the true potential of advocacy, join us for a weekend in a constructive environment, sharing ideas and experiences of how to achieve positive change in the lives and situations of vulnerable people. It’s the kind of weekend that could help transform you and your organisation’s work to bring about fundamental improvements in the lives of your beneficiaries.
This highly participatory retreat will be beneficial not only for you, but also for your organisation’s advocacy implementation processes and ultimately for those whose voices cannot be readily heard.
The retreat combines a weekend less than 30 minutes away by train from Geneva with learning and exchange opportunities within a small group (max. 8 people) and plenty of activities.
The aim of this weekend retreat is to explore how to use and expand advocacy to mobilising people and organisations for systemic social change. Participants ...
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Online briefing: An NGO Perspective on the new IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle reliefweb.int Spurred by the large-scale crises in Haiti and Pakistan in 2010, the Humanitarian Programme Cycle was created to guide humanitarian coordination, leadership and accountability in crises and conflicts. It seeks to do this by clearly defining the complementary roles and responsibilities of different organizations involved in humanitarian response.