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Online Peer Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

25 May 2020 - 29 May 2020

This 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.

Event details

25 May – 29 May 2020
Each day: 10:00-11:30 AM (GMT+1:00)
Stable Internet connection required
Webcam and microphone required
Free of charge
3+ years of experience
Application Deadline: 15 May 2020
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⚠ This workshop has been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the CCHN's digital activities during the crisis.

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 5 sessions of 90 minutes each day from 10:00-11:30 AM (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. It requires a conscious effort of participants to have informal exchanges on their own negotiation 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.

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 with 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 30 participants to ensure a high degree of interaction throughout the workshop. The participation confirmation will be sent shortly after the application deadline.

Application Deadline: 15 May 2020
Joelle Germanier - CCHN Head of Operations

Joëlle Germanier

CCHN Head of Operations

Nikolas Rubiato - CCHN Events Coordinator

Nikolas Rubiato

CCHN Events Coordinator

Photo Credit: Thousands of jobless migrant workers from Myanmar return home from Thailand (IOM).


25 May 2020
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