Gender Scholar Level 1 certification in Rapid Gender Analysis (2021)

Care International and the Geneva Learning Foundation (TGLF) invite applications for the fifth English-language cohort of the Gender Scholar programme for Level 1 certification in Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) open to gender specialists or generalists with an understanding of gender equality, humanitarian assessments and analysis.


Application deadline extended until










Course schedule overview

Onboarding week

March 1-5: Join course platforms 

Orientation week

March 8-12: Complete daily tasks to get ready for RGA learning

Week 1

March 15-19: Explore Areas of Inquiry (AOIs) to understand the gendered dimensions of an emergency

Week 2

March 22-26: Prepare a preliminary RGA based on secondary data

Week 3

March 29-April 2: Plan an RGA using primary data collection


Week 4

April 5-9: Apply the Imperfection Principle so that incomplete data does not turn into analysis paralysis

Term Break: April 10-25

Orientation week: 1–5 June

Week 5

April 26-30: Practice formulating practical recommendations for an RGA


Week 6

May 3-7: Complete the most critical sections of a real-world RGA



Week 7

May 10-14: Peer review RGA reports developed by other course participants


Week 8

May 17-21: Revise and finalize your own RGA report

Women, men, boys and girls are all different. They are affected differently by disasters too.

Humanitarian programmes need to take account of those differences.

Throughout the humanitarian sector organisations are realizing they need to meet standards on gender equality in emergencies.

Some attempts to do that fail miserably though.

  • Humanitarians may stereotype women’s and men’s roles.
  • Programming can reinforce inequalities. Humanitarian response can even increase the risk of Gender Based Violence.

To do things right, you need to understand what the situation is for women, men, boys and girls (and everyone else too) in the particular context where you’re working. And you need to know that fast. That’s where Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) comes in.

RGA is the approach recommended in the IASC guidelines.

This course develops RGA as a key capability for individuals – not only gender specialists – and organisations. Organisations can expect better tailored programmes that get to the real issues, with a bigger group of people able to do the analyses.

In this course, you will learn with other humanitarians to harness Rapid Gender Analysis in your work, guided by the creators of Rapid Gender Analysis.

  • You’ll learn not just how to live with imperfection, but use it in your data collection.
  • You’ll learn to interpret incomplete and mismatched data sets.  
  • And you’ll learn to share your findings in a way that makes others want to use them.

What participants said about this course

“The course is based on practical field experience and a very right scenario where RGA can be very critical due to a number of reasons including culture, religion and insecurity. It makes you think beyond the given line.”

Context for the course

Rapid Gender Analysis is a core part of what CARE and others are doing to make sure humanitarian responders and decision-makers have gender information available throughout a crisis.  The revised IASC Gender Handbook recommends Rapid Gender Analysis as the approach to gender analysis in emergencies.  

Designed with Gender Advisors from both development and humanitarian work in mind, the course develops practical skills in every stage of gender analysis within a humanitarian environment.

Course team

Isadora Quay, Team Leader, CARE Gender in Emergencies. Isadora Quay has over 14 years  of experience and has worked in emergency operations in more than 20 countries. She created Rapid Gender Analysis.

Gregor Jack, learning and development consultant and former CARE Capacity Building Coordinator. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering training that gets measurable results for organisations.

Fatouma Zara Laouan, Gender in Emergency Specialist. She has worked in more than 20 countries in the areas of gender and GBV in emergencies. She has conducted at least 15 rapid gender analyses and gender impact assessments in complex emergencies and crises in Africa and Asia, most recently for the COVID-19 pandemic and the Lake Chad Basin crisis in West Africa.

What participants said about this course

“I feel I'm becoming a member of a network of gender champions around the world. ”


Who should apply?

  • This course is for both gender specialists and assessment specialists who want to prepare gender analysis during an emergency.
  • It can also benefit generalists who want to further their understanding of gender equality, humanitarian assessments and analysis.

It is expected that you have some humanitarian and/or gender background when you apply. If you do not, you may find the course challenging in case you still decide to enroll.


What you will learn

Participants who successfully complete this course on Rapid Gender Analysis will be able to:

  1. Turn a data set that may be incomplete, complex, or both into practical recommendations.
  2. Prepare an executive summary and recommendations for an RGA.
  3. Conduct all steps of a rapid gender analysis from designing an adapted methodology, to secondary data review, choosing assessment tools, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, making targeted succinct recommendations, and communicating with a range of stakeholders.  

What participants said about the course

“Although there have been times when I've cursed this, having to actually do assignments does force you to actually learn. It's practical, and you actually are learning by doing a real-life example, as opposed to a different kind of course, where you're learning about theory and maybe doing a quiz at the end. This is actually forcing you to write something which in the real world, you would have to write. It’s making you put your learning into practice, too. "


Added value for this course

  1. Learn from the team that created Rapid Gender Analysis.
  2. Work as a community to compare and share best practices in Rapid Gender Analysis.
  3. Care International and the Geneva Learning Foundation will issue a certificate of participation to those who successfully complete all the requirements of the course.
  4. Participants will develop their digital skills to collaborate and learn remotely.
  5. Access optional support, coaching, and feedback from experienced RGA practitioners.

What you will do in this course

  • Complete successive writing assignments to deliberately practice the key steps of a Rapid Gender Analysis.
  • Give and receive feedback to learn from the experience of other course participants and share your experience to support their learning.
  • Revise your draft course project, drawing on what you learned from peer review, resources and ongoing dialogue in the course.
  • Contribute to community dialogue and live online sessions.

What participants said about what they learned

“Eureka for the week: getting comfortable with imperfection principle.”

An evidence-based package of interventions to support your learning

This course will use the Scholar package, a set of interventions developed by the Geneva Learning Foundation to support effective learning for global health and humanitarian work.

  • This package draws on evidence-based action and applied learning, leadership acceleration, mentoring, and collaborative methodologies.
  • It has been used successfully by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners in over 50 courses and programmes.

How will we learn in this course?

Participants in this course will be ‘peers’ because they work in the same field and are interested in the course topic.

  • Most people recognize that adult learners can learn from each other through ‘peer learning’.
  • Effective practice of peer learning, however, requires un-learning much of what has been ingrained over years of schooling.
  • We have an ingrained assumption that significant learning requires expert feedback.

In this course:

  • You will discover how much you can learn from your peers by giving and receiving feedback in many different ways.
  • You will learn to trust and support colleagues in the course – and discover that this can greatly strengthen your own learning.
  • You will likely need to challenge your assumptions about how you learn in order to succeed in this course.

You may be skeptical about how much you can learn from other participants – given that you do not know their expertise or experience.

  • Learning, however, is about problem-solving and critical thinking – not just knowledge.
  • We ask that you trust the process – and expect to initially find yourself outside your comfort zone until you have experienced a moment of significant learning.

How will I know how I am doing – and where I need to improve?

The course offers you many ways to receive guidance, support, and feedback from its faculty, who will provide guidance when and if it is needed.

  • We are used to receiving feedback when sitting knee-to-knee with colleagues in a room or face-to-face in a video or phone call.
  • In this course, you will discover that there are many other ways to receive feedback.
  • The ways that are least familiar to you may in fact be the most effective, once you get used to them.

Here are some examples:

  • Rather than asking the faculty to review individual assignments, we will entrust course participants to evaluate each other’s work using structured peer review.
  • When the course community is connected at the same time online, we will listen to short presentations by participants. Everyone will be able to give constructive feedback.
  • Faculty will share guidance, support, and feedback that you can access at any time – and you are expected to think about what these mean for your own work.
  • You will also be able to ask questions at any time – and receive answers from both faculty and peers.

What participants said about peer learning and the course

“The more we work with peers and get validation, [the more] confidence grows.”

“This is a great experience. Every time I comment to a peer, I actually feel that I am telling the same thing to myself.”

“It was not just a process of review. That was a process of learning.”

"This course has brought lots of participants from around the world, and they have really good ideas. That peer conversation is really rich. We get lots of learning from that, not only from the course trainers."

"This is my first time doing this kind of training and it's very impressive. I've extended my networking to other colleagues in different countries. It is a very good learning platform for new practitioners and those who are already working in this field. It is very practical. It motivates you through the peer review comments and feedback."

"I'm a protection technical expert. When I applied, I wasn't sure if I was going to get accepted and be part of the course group. Now, I feel it was a perfect fit. I shouldn’t have worried, because the focus of my programming suits the course approach. It is paramount to understand gender dynamics - across all our protection programming."


Participants will need to:

  • dedicate at least 4-6 hours per week to course work.
  • join live Tutorials to discuss course work and RGA with experienced RGA practitioners (Recordings of these sessions will be made available for those who are unable to attend.)
  • complete activities that have been divided into short daily tasks intended to be completed in 30 minutes during course orientation.

“What I love about this course is the systematic step-by-step approach that makes you understand how an RGA is conducted from its preliminary phase to the end. This has really given me confidence.” 

Enrollment fee

Payment must be received at least 14 days before the start date of the course. If and only if you cannot pay by credit card or PayPal, you can pay through an invoice request, but this requires significantly more time and effort. The last date to pay through an invoice request is three weeks before the course start date. 

Enrollment in the course cannot be deferred to a later date. If you cancel your place in the course at any time you will not be entitled to a refund, except in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Foundation. If a refund is made, an administration fee may be charged.

Additional options in this course include personalized feedback about your course work, coaching during and after the course, and career advisory services. The details and costs of these options will be presented after enrollment.


Upon successful completion of the course and following validation of your final project and assignments by the course team and subject matter experts, you will receive a certificate of participation.

  • Each certificate is valid for a duration of three years.
  • Certificate holders agree to show upon request a portfolio of their work that includes the project(s) produced in Scholar.
  • To earn a certificate of successful completion for this course, participants are required to complete both parts of this course within the announced course schedule.

Technical requirements

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are able to meet the following requirements.

  • Information technology: You will need to access the course web site on a regular basis (preferably every day). Participants need to have access to a reliable Internet connection and a standards-based browser less than two years old (Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge users will be asked to use a standards-based browser for the course. Mobile‑only users may use Mobile Chrome in desktop mode when working on their course projects, although a desktop browser is recommended.
  • Languages: The language of the course will be English. You will need “upper-intermediate” level of reading skills in English.


You may be asked to volunteer to take part in research to evaluate the impact of this course. If you do not agree, the research and evaluation team will collect no data. If you agree, you can stop at any time. Taking or not taking part will have no effect on your present or future relationship with any of the organisations involved in the course.

Need to know more? Join our free Special Event about Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA)

Special Event: Gender in Emergencies

Can gender analysis quickly improve response in a humanitarian crisis? A conversation with CARE's Isadora Quay, Gender in emergencies coordinator, and Anushka Kalyanpu, lead on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Emergencies










Special Event attendees also get access to Isadora Quay’s Quick introduction to RGA for busy humanitarians.

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