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Online Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation | North East Syria and North West Iraq

23 February 2021 - 25 February 2021

This interactive, online peer workshop aims to develop participants’ capacity to analyze the negotiation environment they work in and improve their ability to plan multi-stakeholder negotiation processes. It will introduce participants to practical negotiation tools and methods elaborated on the basis of the latest empirical research conducted by the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation.

⚠ This workshop has been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the CCHN's digital activities during the crisis.

Event details

23-25 February 2021
Tue-Thur: 9:00-11:00 and 13:00-15:00 (GMT+1:00)
Stable Internet connection required
Webcam and microphone required
Free of charge
Field practitioners in/with experience in the North East Syria and North West Iraq
Participants choose discussion groups in Arabic or English
Application Deadline: 11 February 2021
Apply here

Topics of the Online Peer Workshop

The Peer Workshop Program draws heavily on the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation. Sessions will focus on:
– Strategic planning and critical thinking in complex environments
– Context analysis and network assessment
– Analysis of interests and motives of the counterpart
– Setting objectives and priorities in frontline negotiations
– Defining scenarios and red lines in a negotiation
– Planning and evaluating negotiation processes

Structure and Time Commitment

This workshop contains 6 sessions. There will be two sessions each day from 09:00-11:00 AM and 13:00-15:00 PM (Geneva Time / GMT+1:00). On the last day (Thursday), we will carry out a simulation exercise that lasts from 13:00-16:00 (Geneva Time / GMT+1:00). Virtual presence during these hours is mandatory for all participants to receive a certificate of participation. In addition, it is expected that participants reserve at least 1 hour each day for assignments and group work outside of the workshop sessions.

Learning Through Experience

The Peer Workshop Program is based on experience-based learning, which requires a conscious effort of participants to have informal exchanges on their own negotiation experiences. During this interactive event, participants will meet in small working groups and analyze negotiation scenarios based on their own experiences. Through sharing experience, participants learn from the successes and failures of others. They are also introduced to effective ways to support their peers in a negotiation process. Therefore, it is expected from the participants that they switch on their cameras and microphones to actively participate in the discussion.

Gateway to a Global Community

The Peer Workshop Program serves as a gateway to a global community of frontline negotiators. More than 1,200 field practitioners have already joined the Program and stayed connected through CCHN Connect – a community-powered forum on humanitarian negotiation. By joining this community, participants get exclusive access to Specialized Sessions, the Training of Facilitators, Peer Circle Program as well as thematic retreats.

Selection Criteria & Application

This workshop is designed to serve the needs of humanitarian professionals that are currently based in North West Syria and North East Iraq, or have worked there in the past, and have a minimum of 3 years of field experience. The Program is open to national and international staff of humanitarian organizations based in the region. Places are limited to 60 participants. The participants will be split into smaller discussion groups of 5-7 people to ensure a high degree of interaction throughout the workshop. The participation confirmation will be sent shortly after the application deadline.

Application Deadline: 11 February 2020
Participants will be informed if their application was successful on 15 February. Apply here

Fiorella Erni

CCHN Negotiation Support Specialist for the Middle East

Liza Abdulla

CCHN Events Coordinator


23 February 2021
25 February 2021
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