Curricular Unit:Code:
NGO's and Missions Strategic Management1143GEGS
1MasterHumanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
4.4.4. Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences to be developed by the students):
At the end of this course students should be able to:
Identify a disaster and its nature. Create a disaster preparedness plan.
Identify the teams, actors and roles associated with the disaster preparedness plan. Identify and describe disaster preparedness planning documents and areas.
Master the processes related to: planning, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and approving the disaster preparedness plan.
Conceptualize a Mission (disaster response). Deal with key mission intervention areas.
Know and apply project planning and execution methods and techniques (Gantt, PERT, SMART Objectives, Estimation).
Understand, problematize and operationalize the management of humanitarian organizations. Problematize co-diagnosis for intervention
Module 1. Contextual framework
1.1. Contextual framework for mission strategic management
1.2. The project cycle
1.3. Macro forces in an environment
1.4. Managing disaster: Working documents
Módulo 2. Preparedness
2.1. Disaster preparedness: Form a Collaborative Planning Team
2.2. Understanding the Situation; Determination of Goals and Objectives and Plan Development
2.3. Plan Preparation, Review and Approval of Plan Implementation
2.4. Interventions time line; Coordination, Assessment and Monitoring
Module 3. NGO Tools and Manahment
3.1. Gantt, PERT/CPM, SMART methodology, Decision matrix
3.2. Main intervention areas in Field operations; Security; HR; ICTs; Supply and logistics
3.4. SPIRAL Methodology
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Knowledge and understanding ability, focuses on the problematization of the complexity and volatility of the conditioning factors and humanitarian intervention environment and the need for their understanding to design development strategies and affirmation.
Application of knowledge and understanding, will be carried out by the analysis and adequacy of the set of techniques and tools for planning and implementation of humanitarian-
Judgment / decision making, reveals itself in the ability to understand and apply the issues and their issues and issues raised in the discussions with professionals in the area.
Communication will be carried out in the pedagogical moments of students' participation in the classroom and individual work tutorials.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
It will be provided a guide (Teacher Manual) that establishes the general guide for the UC.
[DL] Recorded lessons (15 min), by topic: will provide guidance and theoretical content (U/M/T model).
[Presential] 15 min. lectures, by topic, will provide guidance and theoretical content.
Synchronous: will allow teacher-student and student-student interaction, on theoretical content and practical activities (presentations).
Asynchronous: challenging tasks, based on the teacher's proposals: this module will propose:
Preparation of a business plan for an NGO.
Search for information, to enable the discussion and practical implications of the cases and theoretical models refered.
Resolution of exercises to consolidate knowledge of the technical component of the discipline
Formative evaluation:
- exercises (automatic or teacher feedback):
- Discution with students learning weaknesses;
Summative evaluation:
Continuous evaluation – 10%
Portfolio: 20%; Test: 35%; Business Plan: 35%
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The methodology adopted is the result of the three structuring pillars of the program, namely: mastery of project techniques and tools, humanitarian planning and intervention based on the documented procedures in guidelines of international organizations and approaches in the area of strategic management of NGOs The recorded classes aim to provide the student with reference information for the topics covered and guide him in self-learning about the most relevant subjects The resolution of knowledge application exercises in synchronous and asynchronous classes aim to provide students with the ability to understand and solve problems in new and unfamiliar situations, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts. The Business Plan´s individual research and case studies, with the respective group discussion classes or tutorials, aims to foster the ability to integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, develop solutions or evaluate situations and encourage the reflection on the implications in ethical and social grounds that result or condition these solutions and these judgments. The oral presentation of a SPIRAL Methodology Case, in addition to focusing on the competences aimed, it promotes the skills to communicate conclusions - and the knowledge and reasoning underlying them - both to specialists and non-specialists, in a clear and unambiguous way.
Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (2021), Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Ernst & Young (2020). Internal Control Toolkit for Small Non-Governmental Organizations. Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. https://China
SPIRAL Societal Progress Indicators for the Responsibility of All.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Ana Campina (
Fernando Bandeira (