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The German Jordanian University, in partnership with Action Against Hunger’s Jordan Mission and Bioforce, recently launched the first humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) Master’s Degree in the Middle East region.
The Middle East region faces huge humanitarian challenges: conflicts, outbreaks, natural disasters, water scarcity, un-improved governance, inadequate infrastructures, and water quality, all exacerbated by climate change and will still be facing these challenges in the future. Unfortunately, the humanitarian response as well as the recovery/resilience/reconstruction phase could last for years – even decades for some countries. As the humanitarian sector continues to professionalize to reflect the complexity of the multiple crises and responses requires, the WaSH sector still lags behind, especially in human resource capacities. Action Against Hunger and its partners recognized the crucial need and importance for such a master’s degree to be created and implemented in the region in order to reinforce local capacities to answer to regional humanitarian WaSH crises and sector needs.
“The professionalism of all partners will definitely ensure a high level of quality and employability,” said Vincent Gengler, the WaSH Master’s Project Coordinator with Action Against Hunger.
"This program will build the capacity of humanitarian response in the Middle East, and to some extent, globally"
Since October 2018, GJU, as well as Bioforce, Action Against Hunger, UNICEF, and the global WaSH Cluster have been working to establish this program, which is now ready for applications. Various other organizations, such as Save the Children, ICRC, OXFAM, Aquassitance, CEWAS, MSF, IOM and Lorentz also significantly supported through material donation as well as in designing courses materials for the program.
With the professionalization of the humanitarian sector as well as with nationalization of key positions within organizations, the job market is very dynamic. The international WaSH Master‘s program prepares students for professional activity in managerial positions in various areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion in the humanitarian sector. This will open doors to current students and alumni to new opportunities with international humanitarian networks that will allow their staff to either work in their country of origin, regionally, or globally in the humanitarian, private, or governmental sectors. With this master’s degree, students will be able to gain experience in responding to humanitarian emergencies to conduct or manage lifesaving activities while maintaining personal commitment, flexibility, and social skills.
The application process was opened on July 10 and is set to continue until August 15. The first group of students are set to begin the program on September 27 this year.
The program’s website has been officially launched displaying all the relevant information students from around the region will need to apply for this unique master’s degree. The website is a hub for the master’s details about the selection process and criteria, the program fees, scholarship opportunities, description, objectives, and learning outcomes, which will be taught at the German Jordan University in Jordan.
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