The ICRC selected Hult EF as a partner due to their focus on the human, interpersonal and reflective approaches to learning, teaching and research, which is aligned with the ICRC vision and goals.
The diversity of the participants and cultural change it promotes required a design that is engaging and stimulating for all participants in spite of their differences. It had to be applicable to people of different educational, cultural and technical backgrounds as well as their different seniority levels. It also had to align with other transformations within, and outside, the organization.
"The HLMS has a big role in bridging gaps and hierarchies in the ICRC."
Gherardo Pontrandolfi, HR Director
The co-designed and co-delivered, three-module program aims to develop strong and passionate leaders who manage, empower and inspire a diverse and high-performance workforce and set the example for effective leadership. Participants must start at the beginning and complete each of the three modules to progress regardless of experience or seniority.
Each module consists of distinct phases:
Distance learning – 20 hours of reading, assessed e-learning and coaching.
Face-to-face – A 5-day program of experiential learning, exchange & reflection.
Action Learning Sets – conducted during the face-to-face week, participants work in smaller groups to discuss challenges and go through a peer coaching process.
Work-based Learning – 30 hours of applying the learned skills in a workplace setting.
Pre-COVID, teaching was delivered in Kenya, Jordan, Thailand, Senegal as well as Switzerland. During the pandemic the program has successfully transitioned to a virtual platform and has grown to become a truly global, blended program. Evaluations post-program reflect a positive rating of the virtual experience by the participants, significantly above expectations.