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IRIS Sup' BAC + 5 International Program Manager - Strategic Path

BAC + 5 International Program Manager - Strategic Path

Paris, France

1 Years


Full time

13 May 2024

Sep 2024

EUR 8,700 / per year *

Blended, Distance Learning

* €8,300 face-to-face; €6,000 remotely



The training leading to the Title Manager of international programs - Humanitarian and Development (bac+5) combines the expertise in strategic and geopolitical analysis of IRIS and the experience of NGOs and recognized actors of international solidarity.

The training is characterized by a common core bringing together the knowledge and skills at the heart of the profession of humanitarian manager, and 3 courses (only for face-to-face training):

  • operational journey
  • strategic course
  • advocacy and communication of influence

This training is also offered remotely.

Our partners on projects since 2014: Action against Hunger, Alima, Doctors of the World, Solidarity International, MSF Access Campaign, First Emergency, The Nubian Vault, MakeSense, Global Health Action, Libraries Without Borders, The Chain of Hope. ..

Strategic course (face-to-face)

The contexts of intervention are becoming more complex and changing very quickly. This course allows students to develop analytical and conceptual elasticity, giving broad expression to creativity and therefore to innovation. True architects of programming, graduates from this course are able to propose effective collaboration and/or pooling structures, manage multiple projects, support teams towards change, innovation and transformation.

Training aims

The result of reflections and projects carried out jointly for several years with humanitarian and development actors (NGOs, social entrepreneurs, donors), this very operational training prepares students for the technical, tactical and strategic dimensions of the programs, but also to major developments in the sector.

Targeted skills and validation of the MPI - HD title

At the end of the training sanctioned by this level 7 (Bac+5) RNCP* title, all students will be able to validate the following skills:

  • BC1: Development of strategic and programmatic approaches for international solidarity projects (IS);
  • BC2: Management of the different stages of the cycle of an IS project/program;
  • BC3: Management of teams in connection with the IS program/project;
  • BC4: Design and management of IS program/project partnerships.

It is necessary to validate these 4 blocks of skills and two complementary tests (EC): an operational memory (EC1); professional experience related to the certification (EC2). The validation of the training can be total or partial. Validated blocks are definitively validated. Unvalidated blocks can be validated the following year.

* RNCP 34483 sheet on the France competences website

Nature of the tests


The evaluation of the targeted skills takes the form of written and oral, individual and collective productions: analysis notes (block 1); concept note, project file, proposal produced within the framework of group work on a project submitted by an actor of international solidarity, and oral presentations before two juries of professionals, at the end of January and the end of May (block 2); practical case study and analysis note of management practice and team coordination (block 3); two reasoned notes on the development of partnership approaches and on the implementation of the partnership (block 4).

From a distance :

Individual and collective written productions (professional and oral scenarios (in front of professionals). Two complementary tests (EC): an operational dissertation; 455 hours of professional experience related to these skills (compulsory for students in initial training and trainees continuing education aimed at retraining).

Prerequisites and target audiences

Distance learning primarily concerns:

  • employees who cannot free themselves 2 days a week to attend classes;
  • French or foreign employees residing abroad;
  • students enrolled in a course incompatible with another face-to-face course in Paris.

Common prerequisites:

  • The academic level: diploma of Bac+4 level minimum (master's degree in law, international relations, political science, economics and management, management, etc.; graduates of ESC, IEP, engineers; medical and paramedical diplomas). People who do not have the required diploma, but who are able to prove significant professional experience, can apply for a VAPP (validation of professional and personal experience). The recruitment interview assesses the level of entry into the course.
  • Maturity: desire to become professional, capacity for analysis, initiative.
  • Commitment, associative experiences.
  • International orientation: life experience abroad, interest in international news.
  • Languages: a good level in French and English (B2 to C2).
  • Soft skills: a proven ability to work in a team.

Specific prerequisites:


> Operational path:

  • Willingness to work in the field
  • Very good resistance to stress, the unexpected, responsiveness, autonomy

> Strategic path:

  • Taste for long-term projects, change, innovation
  • Excellent analytical ability

> Advocacy and communication of influence course:

  • Willingness to influence rules, laws
  • Excellent analytical skills, political sense

From a distance :

  • Commitment, associative experiences
  • Experience of living abroad, interest in international news
  • Level B2 to C2 in French and English
  • A strong ability to work in a team, remotely
  • Very good resistance to stress, the unexpected, responsiveness, autonomy
  • Be comfortable with computers
  • Be available on average 2 to 3 days a week

Program of the training


The face-to-face training takes place in the premises of the IRIS association, located at 2 bis rue Mercœur, Paris 11th. It starts at the end of September 2023 and ends at the end of September 2024. Classes take place two days a week, from October to May. Professional experience (internship or work-study) can be carried out part-time from October to the end of May and/or full-time from June.

From a distance :

The training takes place remotely and includes a compulsory intensive face-to-face session in Abidjan. It begins on October 23, 2023 with a mandatory integration week allowing you to get to know your peers and become familiar with the rules and tools.

Learners work in small groups on an issue submitted by international solidarity partners throughout the year.

Remote assessments: individual and collective written productions to be submitted from January to June. Oral presentations in March and end of June. Operational memory to be submitted at the beginning of June.

Make-ups take place the week of September 2, 2024.

Teaching methods


The training combines theoretical contributions, practical exercises and professional situations. From the start of the school year, the partner organizations present their structure, their values and propose issues that have an operational, strategic/organizational or advocacy dimension. The students are divided into project groups. They then work for 8 months on this project, supervised by the educational team and a tutor in the partner organization. Thanks to an educational method aimed at developing critical thinking, creativity and the use of innovative tools, they must be able to propose original solutions, produce professional-level deliverables, present them and defend them in front of professional juries.

From a distance :

The schedule of the courses, the mode of evaluation and its calendar are put online at the beginning of the training so that everyone can organize themselves.

Synchronous courses: face-to-face: 41 h. Virtual classes: 85 h. Project group mentoring : 6 hours. They take place on Wednesday and Thursday, variable hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and/or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Asynchronous learning allowing great freedom of organization: 14 lessons in the form of manuscripts (approximately 5 hours per lesson) + course materials in the form of podcasts (8 hours) and methodological guides. Access from December/January to the 7Speaking online platform in order to carry out activities in English and progress throughout the year.

Tools: All resources are available on the Moodle platform. Virtual classes take place on Zoom.




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