Participatory Humanitarian Program Manager Training in Sweden June 2012

This Participatory Humanitarian Program Manager Training is a module based series stretched over 23 days. Participants may take one or several of the modules. It is a unique chance to learn advanced management from the people who live and breathe humanitarian assistance at an affordable cost in a spiritual environment.


  • Maximum number of participants: 25 (pre-registration required).
  • Venue: Center for Neohumanistic Education (Sweden Training Center).
  • Fees include room, board and course materials. A professional development certification will be issued for each module completed by AMURT & AMURTEL.
  • Who are these courses for? AMURT & AMURTEL Project Coordinators, Board members, Management, administration, senior staff and fund raisers.





[hr]The Training

The humanitarian field is evolving dynamically in response to increasingly complex challenges. As agents of humanitarian work, our capability to manage people, projects and organizations is crucial to successful and long-lasting impacts of service efforts. Honing the level and scope of our practical skills and competencies to confront these diverse challenges, is one of the prerequisites for achieving high quality and professionalism in the sector. One of the greatest needs humanitarian workers have is to know how to employ participatory methodology to ensure the sustainability of programs.

In June 2012, AMURT & AMURTEL will begin to offer an annual training program in Participatory Humanitarian Management. The training consists of an introduction to humanitarian frameworks and 3 competency-based modules focused on the management of projects, finances, and people.

The program is modeled after the internationally recognized BioForce Institute training methodology, and is adapted to include the AMURT & AMURTEL philosophy and field experiences, as well as key Participatory Learning & Action tools and principles. The training modules have been designed to enhance the Quality and Accountability of humanitarian programs, through the use of simulation, group work, case studies, role-plays, and practical tools and exercises.

The key participants this training will target include field leaders, project managers, fundraisers, rising coordinators, and people directly involved in the management of various AMURT & AMURTEL-related programs. Participants can choose to take individual modules or the entire 4-module program, resulting in an AMURT & AMURTEL professional development certification.

The Trainers

  • Dharma Demeter Russafov: Dharma obtained his B.S. and B.A. degree in Environmental Science and Fine Art from UNC-Asheville and a Humanitarian Management diploma the Lyon Institute BioForce, and is currently completing an M.A. in Integrated Education from Endicott College. His experiences includes a 5-year stint with a US government urban planning agency, and 6 years managing a construction and design company he helped establish in 1999. Since 2004, Dharma has been coordinating AMURT’s growing humanitarian operation in Haiti. His primary interests include sustainable and participative community development and innovative PROUT-based capacity-building.
  • Sarita Wolf: Sarita obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College and M.A. in Urban Education from Harvard in 2004. Since then she has had experience teaching and consulting in urban model schools, providing educator training and curriculum development and supervising community team projects in Asia and Latin America. In 2010 she was selected as the New York City Teacher of the Year by her students and peers. For the past 2 years she has coordinated AMURT’s education and protection programs in Haiti. Her interests include the development of learner-centered methodologies and integrated pedagogical training for community learning.
  • Paul Ziade: Paul obtained his degree in International Development Management from the International Business School in Paris, and a Humanitarian Management diploma from the Lyon Institute BioForce. Paul’s primary expertise is in the domain of team and project management. His work experience includes team management in France, programs communication in Cambodia, and project coordination with AMURT-Haiti. His objective is the creation of replicable management systems based on participative methodologies, ensuring sustainable development in the communities involved.
  • Dada Vishvarupananda: Dada started working with AMURT in 1984 as relief-in-charge for Ananda Nagar. One year later he was given the post of Global AMURT Coordinator, and has been assisting in the development of AMURT world-wide since then.