What We Do

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation serves as a central hub for the Strategic Partners’ efforts to enhance the ability of humanitarian professionals to effectively prepare and conduct negotiations on the frontlines. Experiential learning and peer exchanges lie at the heart of our activities, aiming to support a global community of practice. We organize four interrelated types of activity:

Our Activities

Professional Pathway

The Centre offers a two-step pathway for professionals who prepare for and conduct humanitarian negotiations at the local, national and regional level. Selected professionals first complete an Induction Workshop, followed by an Advanced Regional Workshop. The Centre also runs a Training for Trainers program to respond to growing demands for regular peer exchanges in regional hubs.

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Induction Workshop

Field-level workshops introducing essential tools of humanitarian negotiation for national and international staff.

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For practitioners with 3-5 years of experience in negotiations
On application
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Advanced Regional Workshop

Workshops to enhance the capacity and skills of field practitioners through guided peer exchange of experience and reflections.

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For practitioners who previously completed induction workshop
On application
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Training of Facilitators

Three-step program to develop participants’ capacity to guide practitioners through the CCHN negotiation methodology and enhance negotiation skills.

Twice a year in Switzerland
For individuals with previous experience in training practitioners
On application
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Field Assessments

At the request of the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF, and HD), the Centre regularly conducts field assessments focusing on negotiation practices in specific operational contexts, providing support to country teams in the field. Field assessments may include listening tours and/or case studies.

Listening Tour

Bilateral and small group meetings with field practitioners to capture and analyze practices and challenges in current humanitarian negotiations.

On demand of Strategic Partner
For field-based teams
By invitation
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Case Studies

Participatory research related to humanitarian negotiations in a specific operational context, in close collaboration with field-based teams and academic partners.

On demand of Strategic Partner
For field-based teams
By invitation

Peer Discussions

The Centre facilitates regular peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations. These discussions are hosted in regional hubs and take the form of roundtables, retreats and peer reviews.

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Regional Roundtable

Peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations.

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For experienced practitioners with knowledge of the context
By invitation
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Thematic Retreats

Retreats for experienced frontline negotiators, supported by external subject-matter experts.

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the topic
By invitation
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Peer Reviews

Critical reflection on scenarios, strategies and tactics in a humanitarian response, following a clearly defined protocol.

On demand of a Strategic Partner
For practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the case
By invitation

Advisory Services

On the demand of a Strategic Partner, we assist field-based teams in addressing specific challenges and dilemmas of negotiating access and protection in an operational context.

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Advisory Support Missions

Missions to advise field-based teams on specific challenges and dilemmas of negotiating access and protection in an operational context.

On demand of Strategic Partner
For field-based teams
By invitation

Where & With Whom

The Centre regularly organises activities in operational contexts and regional hubs for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiation. For an overview of all upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

While our activities are designed to support professional staff from the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF and HD), these activities are open to the participation of professionals from all humanitarian organisations active on the frontlines of conflict.

Next Events

17-18 May 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Training of Facilitators: Session B

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4-8 Jun 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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11-12 Jun 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Training of Facilitators: Session A

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3-7 Sept 2018
Kigali, Rwanda
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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17-21 Sept 2018
Amman, Jordan
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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3-4 Oct 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Training of Facilitators: Session C

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14-15 Oct 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Training of Facilitators: Session B

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31 Oct - 1 Nov 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Training of Facilitators: Session C

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5-9 Nov 2018
Dubai, UAE
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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