POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN EMERGENCIES (GBViE)

Overview
  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. BACKGROUND

Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in communities affected by armed conflict and disasters is an evolving field of practice, and increasingly a contested one due to confusion about what the term means[1]. The current debate about what constitutes GBV, and specifically, Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) raises several questions that need to be considered to promote theory- and evidence-based humanitarian practice alongside the implementation of quality GBV programming in humanitarian settings. This has pushed the development of global standards on the same by GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR)[2], the United Nations-led global forum for coordinating GBV services in humanitarian contexts. 

The Post-Graduate Diploma in GBViE programme is tailored for practitioners in the field of GBV prevention and response and those with a relevant background who wish to transition into this type of humanitarian work. The programme aims to increase the number of GBViE Specialists working in humanitarian contexts and to ensure those who already work in the field have advanced knowledge of global standards. A fundamental aim of this programme is to equip students with the conceptual, analytical and practical skills needed to understand gender issues in humanitarian response, thus enabling them to participate effectively in responding to gender-based violence in emergencies through quality standards across research, policy-making, programme design and implementation.

The programme is classified in the broad field of social sciences of the UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-F 2013) fields of education and training.

    1.  PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

This programme is philosophically anchored in Gender, Gender Equality and Rights-Based Approach particularly in Emergencies. It is recognised that Gender-Based Violence tends to happen a lot within emergencies and should be approached from a holistic, multi-sectoral perspective.

 

[1] Sophie Read-Hamilton (2014). Gender-based violence: a confused and contested term. https://odihpn.org/

This programme takes a broad view of gender-based violence and GBViE in particular. It caters for graduates of gender studies, social sciences and any other disciplines interested in the application of gender studies in their work, especially within the humanitarian field. The programme is centred on active learning, hence, integrating subject-specific knowledge, skills and values and the critical application of research knowledge from the social and human sciences. Pedagogically, instructors are encouraged to use many different techniques to achieve the above philosophy.

The techniques include hands-on activities, direct students’ participation, problem-based learning, field experiences, lectures, among others. The different approaches are premised on the fact that every course is a unique combination of students, who come to the classroom with different backgrounds, motivations and intellectual capacities, all of which present different challenges for the instructor. As such, instructors will have extensive academic and field experience to ensure the program reflects the realities of humanitarian contexts.

The survivor-centred nature of GBV prevention and response programming demands that “practice” be a core and essential element of the learning process. Thus, students will be required to complete either a practicum or research project to qualify to graduate. Theoretical concepts will be put into practice through the use of case studies and other experiential learning modalities.

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The common regulations to the Postgraduate Diploma programme in all Faculties of the University of Nairobi as stipulated in the Statutes shall apply. The following shall be eligible for admission;

  1. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi with at least an upper second class honours, or equivalent qualification from other Institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
    1. Holders of Bachelor’s degree with a pass from the University of Nairobi or other Institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate and at least one (1) year of relevant work experience.
    2. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees and/or significant work experience in subjects such as social work, nursing, legal aid, gender, psychology, and other relevant social sciences will be prioritized for admission.
    3. CREDIT TRANSFER AND EXEMPTIONS

There will be NO credit transfers and exemptions for this programme.

    1.  DEFERMENT OF STUDIES

A student may defer his/her studies at any time, for a valid cause and with documentary evidence conveyed in writing to the Academic Registrar through the Dean of Faculty and in consultation with the Chair of Department and may resume later after duly notifying the Dean of Faculty and Academic Registrar. During the entire period of deferment, the student shall be required to keep his/her registration current by paying such deferment charges as the Department may determine from time to time. The period of deferment shall not exceed two (2) consecutive academic years.

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The fees structure as per University of Nairobi guidelines.

 

COST PER SEMESTER (KShs)

 

Semester

Course units

Tuition fees (27,000/- per unit)

1

4

108,000.00

2

2

54,000.00

2

Project

54, 000.00

 

Total cost

216,000.00

 

Other Charges

Sem 1

Sem 2

 

Medical

6,500.00

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Per annum

Library

5,000.00

 

Per semester

Activity

2,000.00

  •  

Per annum

Caution

5,000.00

  •  

Once - refundable

ICT services

7,000.00

  •  

Per annum

Registration

2250.00

2250.00

Per semester

Student ID

1000.00

 

Per annum

Student Organization

1000.00

 

Per annum

Examination coursework

4000.00

4000.00

1000/Per unit

Total

33,750.00

6,250.00

40,000.00

 

NOTE

  1. All fees due should be paid before registration is effected.
  2. The above fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  3. The minimum number of course units to be covered is 8.
  4. A final Postgraduate research project is considered as a 2-course unit for purpose of fees payment.
  5. Foreign students from outside the partner states of the Northern Corridor Integration Project (Republics of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan) to add 25% on all charges.

 

  1. COURSE UNITS OFFERED
    1. LIST OF COURSE UNITS

SN

Course  Codes

Course Title

Contact Hours

Units

Semester I

 

Core Units

 

  1.  

NGH 501

Feminist Principles and Approaches to GBViE

45

1

  1.  

NGH 502

Case Management

45

1

Semester II

 

Core Units

 

  1.  

NGH 503

Coordination of GBV interventions in Emergencies

45

1

  1.  

NGH 504

Research Techniques in Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

45

1

  1.  

NGH 505

Research Project

 

 

Elective Units

 

  1.  

NGH 506

GBV Risk Mitigation in Emergencies

45

1

  1.  

NGH 507

Gender Transformative Approaches in GBViE

45

1

  1.  

NGH 508

Law and Human Rights in GBViE

45

1

  1.  

NGH 509

Psychosocial Support and Empowerment

45

1

  1.  

NGH 510

GBViE and Health Care

45

1

Total

405

9

 

    1. DURATION AND STRUCTURE
      1. The course shall be a minimum of 2 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 4 semesters.
      2. Each course unit shall be covered by 45 contact hours of study.
      3. Students will be required to take at least six (6) course units and a research project.
      4. The research project shall be equivalent to 2-course units.
      5. The programme will be offered through lectures, coursework, seminars, tutorials, field trips, ODEL and a research project.

 

 

 

 

    1. COURSE MATRIX

Learning Outcome

NGH501

NGH502

NGH503

NGH504

NGH505

NGH506

NGH507

NGH508

NGH509

NGH510

  1. Explain the nature and manifestation of GBV in Emergency situations
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  1. Apply principles and approaches to GBV in Emergencies
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  1.  Develop an understanding of key elements of GBV in emergencies coordination

 

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  1. Design holistic-multi-sectoral GBV in emergency programmes

 

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  1. Coordinate multi-sector actors to ensure humanitarian GBV services are being delivered during each stage of an emergency
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    1. COURSEWORK EXAMINATION
      1. The common regulations for written examinations for the examination of the Post-Graduate Diploma of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
      2. Candidates shall have their coursework examined at the end of the semester during which the courses are taken.
      3. A 3-hour end of semester written examination shall be administered to the students. This examination shall constitute seventy per cent (70%) of the total marks.
      4. Continuous coursework shall constitute thirty per cent (30%) of the total marks. The coursework shall be based on assignments, term papers, and fieldwork.
      5. The pass mark for each course unit shall be fifty per cent (50%).
      6. A candidate who, for a good cause, fails to sit for an examination may be allowed to take a special examination. The results of a special examination shall be treated as the results of an ordinary first attempt examination.
      7. A candidate who fails in up to one-third of the course units in an academic year shall be allowed to take the supplementary examination(s) in the course unit(s) failed, when such examinations are next scheduled.
      8. A pass obtained in the supplementary examination shall be recorded as fifty per cent (50%).
      9. A candidate who fails a supplementary examination shall be required to repeat the failed course.
      10. A candidate who fails in more than one-third of the course units in an academic year or fails a supplementary examination or fails to complete the programme within the stipulated period shall, on the recommendation of the Faculty Committee of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
      11. The University of Nairobi Examination Policy on malpractices, disciplinary action and mode of appeal shall apply.

 

 

Table 7.1: Examination Schedule

SN

Codes

Course Title

Exam Hours

 

Semester I

Core Units

  1.  

NGH 501

Feminist Principles and Approaches to GBViE

1x3

  1.  

NGH 502

Case Management

1x3

Semester II

Core Units

  1.  

NGH 503

Coordination of GBV interventions in Emergencies

1x3

  1.  

NGH 504

Research Techniques in Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

1x3

  1.  

NGH 505

Research Project

1x3

Elective Units

  1.  

NGH 506

GBV Risk Mitigation in Emergencies

1x3

  1.  

NGH 507

Gender Transformative Approaches in GBViE

1x3

  1.  

NGH 508

Law and Human Rights in GBViE

1x3

  1.  

NGH 509

Psychosocial Support and Empowerment

1x3

  1.  

NGH 510

GBViE and Health Care

1x3

 

    1. PROJECT ASSESSMENT
      1. The common regulations for submission and examination of a Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Nairobi as stipulated in the Statutes shall apply.
      2. The research project paper, which must be original, shall account for 2-course units.
      3. The examination for the research project paper will consist of an examiners report marked out of 80% and an oral presentation marked out of twenty per cent (20%).
      4. Candidates must obtain a pass mark of fifty per cent (50%) in the research project.
      5. The research project and the plagiarism test certificate will be submitted for examination two weeks before the start of the end-year written examination and will be examined by the supervisor and one other academic member of staff who shall mark it out of eighty per cent (80%).
      6. The candidate will in addition be examined orally by a Departmental Committee of Examiners chaired by the Chairman of the Department and comprising at least three members of teaching staff who shall mark the candidate out of twenty per cent (20%) for the total marks for the research project.
      7. A candidate must pass both the written project and oral examination.
      8. A candidate who fails the research project will be required to re-submit it for re-examination within 3 months.
      9. A candidate who fails a re-submitted project shall be discontinued.
    2. MODERATION OF EXAMINATIONS

End of Semester examinations will be moderated internally and externally to ensure they meet the University quality standards. An external examiner who is a PhD holder and at the rank of Senior Lecturer will be invited to moderate the examinations. The process of moderation will ensure that examinations are appropriate for the Postgraduate Diploma level.

  1. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    1. POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA AWARD

For a candidate to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in GBViE, s/he must have taken and passed a minimum of six (6) course units and a research project, which is equivalent to two (2) units.

    1. CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

The award of the Postgraduate Diploma based on the average marks obtained in the overall examination will be graded as follows:

Pass with a Distinction

70% and above

Pass with a Credit

60-69%

Ordinary pass

50-59%

Fail

0-49%