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IFRC TISS Certificate in Disaster Management

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) online certificate course in Disaster Management (DM) provides an online learning platform with a blend of academic excellence and practical experiences.

About the course

A one-year programme to help you bridge the knowledge-practice gap in disaster management. Specially designed for working professionals. Extensive theoretical models in Development and Disasters, GIS, Disaster Response and Recovery, Humanitarian Laws, Principles and Standards, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Interactive programme team to guide you through assignments, and faculty supervisors to guide you through a research paper.

Course Objectives

This Certificate Course in Disaster Management is designed to impart domain knowledge, values, capacities and skills to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response

  • Understand and appreciate the specific contributions of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement to the practice and conceptual understanding of disaster management and humanitarian response and their significance in the current context

  • Recognize issues, debates and challenges arising from the nexus between paradigm of development and disasters

  • Critically evaluate disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response policy and practice from multiple perspectives

  • Develop an understanding of standards of humanitarian response and practical relevance in specific types of disasters and conflict situations

  • Critically understand the strengths and weaknesses of disaster management approaches, planning and programming in different countries, particularly their home country or the countries they work in, and

  • Respond to disaster risk reduction initiatives and disasters in an effective, humane and sustainable manner.

Target audience

The programme is meant for a wide variety of learner-practitioners in disaster management globally, including IFRC and National Society volunteers and staff at all levels and others interested in disaster management and humanitarian response.

Admission Requirement

Applicants should have at least a Second-Class Bachelor’s Degree or the overseas equivalent, although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s Degree or the overseas equivalent may apply if they demonstrate (via a personal statement) that they can communicate clearly, are highly motivated, and have experience of prior learning.

Up to 50 qualified participants will be selected to participate in each course. Candidates from developing countries and those working in the humanitarian field will receive priority. Candidates should have the ability to work at a computer with a reasonable level of access to the Internet.



Geographical coverage



One year, Starts on May 20, 2019

Fee information

USD 1980 Limited number of Partial bursaries available.

How to Register

Application Procedure

You can register and apply for the coming cohort online.

Deadline for application

The last date for bursary applications is March 26, 2019 at 23:59 IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs).

The last date for general applications is April 23, 2019 at 23:59 IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs).


For more details about admission, write to Tata Institute of Social Science at or call +91 22 25525882 (10.30 a.m-5.45 p.m IST)