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Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation | Europe & MENA

19feb(feb 19)9:00 am22(feb 22)3:00 pmPeer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation | Europe & MENA

Gaza. ICRC and Palestine Red Crescent Society staff walk through a damaged home, assessing the impact and risks posed to those who live there.

Event Details

This Peer Workshop will help you plan and conduct negotiations in humanitarian contexts. You will learn how to analyse the social and political environment in which a negotiation takes place, identify the role and influence of the other actors involved, and put in place different strategies to achieve your negotiation objectives. You will also discover some practical tools to support your negotiation process. Completing a Peer Workshop is a pre-requisite to joining the CCHN community of practice and attending more advanced negotiation workshops and learning activities.

Language: English

Dates: 19-22 February 2024

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cost: Free of charge

Maximum number of participants: 30

⚠️ Deadline: 15 February 2024



  • You should have worked as a humanitarian professional in the field for at least 3 years (either as national or international staff);
  • You should have experience working in the regions or in the thematic area on which the workshop is focusing.

If you are unsure whether your profile meets the criteria, please don’t hesitate to contact the organisers. You will find their contact information at the end of the page.



We will structure the workshop’s program around the content of the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned to:

  • Analyse the environment in which the negotiation takes place;
  • Develop a tactical plan and assemble the right negotiation team;
  • Critically reflect on your role in the negotiation and how your counterpart may perceive you;
  • Identify the actors that influence your counterpart’s behaviour;
  • Understand your counterpart’s position, reasoning and values;
  • Define your own position, your institutional limitations and bottom lines;
  • Use basic techniques to de-escalate a high-tension situation.

You will put your new learning into practice during a simulation exercise at the end of the workshop. Once you complete this Peer Workshop, you will become a member of the CCHN community and gain access to a wider range of advanced workshops and activities on humanitarian negotiation.



This workshop consists of four sessions, including one simulation, over the course of four days, with the following schedule (CET):

Day 1 (Monday 19 February): 9.00-11.00 am (CET)

Day 2 (Tuesday 20 February): 9.00-11.00 am (CET)

Day 3 (Wednesday 21 February): 9.00-11.00 am (CET)

Day 4 (Thursday 22 February): 9.00am-12.30pm, including a simulation from 13:30pm-15:00pm (CET) 

Please note: Peer Workshops are based on the sharing of participants’ negotiation experiences. You will be invited to switch on your computer camera and microphone and to (confidentially) share your own stories with the group as a basis for discussion and learning. The participants who attend all the sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion.


19 (Monday) 9:00 am - 22 (Thursday) 3:00 pm (Geneva time)(GMT+01:00) View in my time


Please do not hesitate to contact the organisers for any questions you may have.


Stéphanie Ferland

Negotiation Support Specialist – Europe

[email protected]


Matvej Dubianskij 

Operations Associate – Europe & Transversal Thematics

[email protected]