On the Competences of Humanitarian Negotiators
Members of the CCHN community have identified a series of competences in terms of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that define, in their view, the profile of humanitarian negotiators. It is understood that the selection of competences constitutes a first baseline reflection on the shared features of the members of the CCHN community and their profession. It is expected that this understanding will evolve over time with the expansion of the membership of the community and the progression of the demands from the field. Hence, these elements of knowledge, attitudes, and skills are mentioned here as a series of shared objectives towards which members aspire to build their competence through personal, institutional, and community-based development activities. Knowledge is understood as concepts and methods related to humanitarian negotiation that can be acquired through various means and experience, including training workshops and reading material. Attitudes are understood as personal behaviors and perspectives that are mostly acquired through self-reflections and critical thinking based on field experience. Skills are understood as technical abilities to undertake negotiation-related tasks.
The following table presents the Competence Chart on Humanitarian Negotiation as developed in the course of a Professional Consultation in Caux, Switzerland, in June 2019 involving 22 experienced field practitioners, all members of the CCHN community. The results of the consultation are further reviewed and discussed in peer workshops across field operations. The CCHN Competence Chart is organized in three levels:
- Level 1. Core competence concerns the aspiration of all those working or hoping to work in this domain;
- Level 2. Advanced competence collects elements that professionals should aspire to as they handle more complex and demanding negotiation processes; and
- Level 3. Expert-level competence underlines elements that are the most advanced for the most experienced humanitarian negotiators.