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Advanced Professional Certificate on Crisis Negotiation in Asia

1 February 2021 - 5 February 2021

In view of the current health crisis and its social and humanitarian impact, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO-Alliance Sorbonne), in collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), is offering an Advanced Professional Certificate on Crisis Negotiation in Asia. 

Event Details

1 – 5 February 2020
Schedule to be confirmed
Stable Internet connection required
Webcam and microphone required
Free of charge

About the Advanced Professional Certificate

Designed for professionals  confronted with  specific  challenges and dilemmas related to the current health crisis and its social and humanitarian impact in Asia, the Advanced Professional Certificatewill discuss the complexities of addressing humanitarian needs amidst the ongoing operational and policy challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will bring together public health experts, crisis management professionals, medical responders, area specialists and frontline negotiators to discuss the economic, social, epidemiological, and humanitarian implications of the pandemic in Asia, as well as the ongoing challenges of balancing humanitarian imperatives with security, social, economic and political considerations.

It will examine the requirements for the elaboration of response plans to guide policy making in the course of the pandemic, address the need for co-designing such responses with key stakeholders, and enlarge the scope of intervention to tackle some of the most severe economic and social consequences of the pandemic. 

On the COVID-19 Pandemic

The rapid propagation of the coronavirus has mobilized public health and humanitarian response on an unprecedented scale in Asia. COVID-19 has already made a significant social and economic impact on most countries in Asia, redirecting national and international priorities to tackling the public health concerns of this pandemic within and across borders, addressing the impact of confinement and lockdown measures as well as safeguarding the protection of the most vulnerable.

Topics to be Covered

The 5-day course will be offered partly online and onsite and will include closed lecture sessions on public health and humanitarian action, as well as skill-based sessions on negotiation under pressure, risk management, strategic planning, and he contextualization of negotiation in complex socio-political environments. It will entail context specific discussions, practical exercises, and case simulations on how to develop and negotiate a response plan in complex environments. 

Certificate Objectives

The Advanced Professional Certificate is designed in collaboration with experts and operational partners in order to foster the creation of an informal space for professional learning and exchange on multidimensional impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and to develop operational and policy approaches across agencies and contexts. The Certificate will seek to explore: 

Day 1: Public Health in Crisis

Essential elements of public health as they relate to the prevention and response to pandemic situations, including the latest information on the epidemiology profile and global prospects of COVID-19 in Asia

Day 2: Planning a Negotiation Process

Planning a negotiation process in complex environments, conducting an interest-based analysis, and drawing scenarios

Day 3: Leveraging Influence

Conducting a stakeholder analysis and mapping, assessing potential influence, and mobilizing support

Day 4: Managing Risks

Review of key concepts and tools of risk management, conducting a risk mapping, drawing and implementing risk mitigation measures

Day 5: Designing a Response Plan

Key concepts and methods in terms of strategic planning, drawing strategic and tactical plans in crisis environments, elaborating partnerships, mobilizing cooperation, and co-designing programs

Participation to the Advanced Certificate

This Advanced Professional Certificate is designed to serve middle to senior managers working on the crisis response from governments, national, and international agencies with a minimum of 5 – 7 years of relevant experience. Interested professionals will be able to apply starting 30 November 2020. To express your interest in joining this course, please complete the expression of interest form.  

The 5-day Advanced Professional Certificate will take place onsite at selected locations in Asia with special authorization of relevant public health authorities and under the respective INALCO and CCHN Safety and Security Protocol. Participants are expected to commit to completing the full course onsite in a designated location, or alternatively online, depending on the elected method of participation. 

The Advanced Professional Certificate is free of charge to the selected participants. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion delivered by INALCO and the CCHN. 

Selection of Participants

As space is limited, INALCO and the CCHN will select participants on a rolling basis beginning in December 2020, on the basis of information provided in the application. Governments, national, and international agencies, as well as NGOs, may propose candidates for consideration by the CCHN and INALCO. Certificate of completion will be issued for participants who attend the full course in the winter

To apply for this course, please fill out the application form

Online Briefing Sessions

The Online Briefing Session are organized in collaboration with Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO-Alliance Sorbonne) in preparation for the Advanced Professional Certificate on Crisis Negotiation. They will present and discuss the complexities of addressing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic amidst the operational and policy challenges in Asia by bringing together public health experts, crisis management professionals, medical responders and frontline negotiators.

1. How Public Health Can Inform Humanitarian Negotiation in Times of a Pandemic I 13 October
2. How to Develop the Required Negotiation Techniques and Skills in Crisis I 29 October
3. How to Prevent and Mitigate Risks in a Crisis Environment I 19 November

James Sadlier

Negotiation Support Specialist for Asia

Brett Davis

CCHN Project Manager - Research and Development

Nikolas Rubiato - CCHN Events Coordinator

Nikolas Rubiato

CCHN Events Coordinator

New Delhi. As part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and support for personal protective equipment, the ICRC regional delegation is distributing 1,000 body bags to the Indian Red Cross Society. Photo: BHATIA, Ashish/ICRC


1 February 2021
5 February 2021
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