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Certificate in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM)



Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) is offered as part of the Fritz Institute/CILT (UK) Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program. Humanitarian logisticians are called upon to provide responses in a variety of situations, sometimes planned for, but often happening without warning. In such situations, humanitarian logistics managers must have the ability to quickly construct and operate a supply chain to bring relief to those in need.

Course fees: GBP2,220.00 (VAT at 20% must be added to this if you are intending to study within the European Union)

Course duration: 15-18 months (based on average study time of 5 hours per week)

Developed with funding from DFID, ECHO and USAID, by experienced logisticians from ICRC, the International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam (GB), Save the Children (US), UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP, CHSCM offers best practices in supply chain management from the humanitarian community, in combination with leading practices from the commercial sector and academia, in order to teach the essential planning and management skills required of humanitarian logistics managers.

Who should participate?

CHSCM is aimed at humanitarian logisticians who are operating at a tactical level and are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy. Typically, candidates hold positions such as Logistics Coordinator, Logistics Manager and Head of Logistics. While there are no set academic prerequisites, candidates are required to have experience as well as knowledge in humanitarian logistics and operations. A quick checklist (available at confirms candidates’ suitability prior to enrollment. In some cases, candidates may be recommended to take Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) first; however, CHL alone does not provide sufficient qualification to take CHSCM. The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those presently working, with busy schedules, who require flexibility in their learning schedules. 

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How will you learn?

CHSCM uses the innovative ‘competence model’ approach, which emphasizes application of skills, as opposed to the examination of knowledge. At the start of the course, the candidate (or student) is inserted into a reality-based scenario in which they play a management role in a simulated humanitarian relief operation. The tasks they are requested to complete are designed to facilitate the development and demonstration of the required skills, as defined in the competence model.

Throughout the program, which is administered by the Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA), candidates are supported by LLA’s experienced and professional learning coaches. These coaches also assess candidates’ assignments and determine when they are ready to proceed to the next unit.

Candidates should expect to take 24 months to complete the program, studying approximately 10 hours per week. During that time, a portfolio documenting the candidate’s achievements and skills is compiled for submission at the end of the program to the awarding body (CILT-UK) for final assessment.

Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM)

CHSCM is for you if you are a humanitarian logistician who has several years logistics and supply chain experience and are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy.

All units are compulsory

  • Supply Chain Management in the Humanitarian World
    • The purpose of this unit is to provide a framework for the accountabilities, responsibilities, and activities of the supply chain function in a humanitarian organisation and developing an appropriate strategy to achieve the organizations mandate and programme objectives in a given operational context.

  • Planning for In-Kind Supply Chains
    • The purpose of this unit is to provide a framework for planning and setting up an in-kind supply chain. This unit focuses on technical expertise relevant for physical supply chains for in-kind aid and the responsibilities and accountabilities of the supply chain function related to the physical supply chain.

  • Planning for Cash Transfer Programming
    • The purpose of this unit is to provide a framework for planning for supply chain’s responsibilities, accountabilities, and activities in support of cash transfer programming (CTP). This unit focuses on technical expertise relevant for supply chain to advise on and support CTP.

  • Supply Chain Coordination and Operation
    • This unit focuses on operating and coordinating supply chain activity. It involves monitoring and measuring performance to ensure that it is on track to meet expectations. Where there is a deviation, appropriate action must be taken to restore progress.