Activities

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) offers community-driven workshops and sessions, to strengthen the capabilities on frontline negotiations to further engage in our Community of Practice. Our activities are developed in the three-level Capacity Building Pathway which will allow our community members to gradually and practically enhance their knowledge and skills on humanitarian negotiation. In order to enrol in our community activities, you have to attend at least a Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation and become a community member.

Additionally, we also organize various webinars and meetings on humanitarian negotiation, both formal and informal. Our format and content tailored to the interests and commitment of the humanitarian professionals and experts involved. We organize our activities in online, onsite and hybrid formats.

Who can participate?

While our community activities are primarily designed to support humanitarian staff our five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF and HD) and our Community of Practice members, they are also open to any staff of any humanitarian organization working on the frontlines of conflict.

We encourage professionals from governmental institutions, NGOs, and academia, whose work connected with humanitarian negotiation, to participate in our public webinars, panel discussions and meetings.

Where are our activities held?

We regularly organize online activities on Zoom and onsite activities in regional focused areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East). While for hybrid activities, we simultaneously use Zoom for online participants and organized onsite groupworks in designated regional locations.

Where can I find detailed information about CCHN activities?

For detailed information and application, please visit our Events page. This information is displayed in each activity listed on the page.

How can I apply for CCHN activities?

For community activities listed in our Capacity Building Pathway, you must first complete a Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiation. This will make you a member of our Community of Practice. Then you will be eligible to apply for the other community activities listed in our Capacity Building Pathway.

While for public events, we encourage professionals from governments, national, and international agencies, NGOs, as well as research and academic institute who work on humanitarian negotiation, to apply.

Otherwise, specific requirements can be found on each activity page on our Events page.

Events

We organize regularly capacity building activities and public discussions on humanitarian negotiation, in different formats, and for our community members and other professionals who are interested in and have worked on humanitarian negotiations.

Online
Onsite
Hybrid
Community Activities
Public Activities

Community Workshops & Sessions

Three-level Capacity Building pathway of our peer-to-peer learning activities, for our community members.

Springboard to a global Community of Practice and introduction to CCHN Negotiation tools.

Peer Workshops

Context-specific workshops at the field level introduce the key tools used in humanitarian negotiation, drawing on the real-life experiences of participants. Organized regionally and in different main languages. Field practitioners who complete a peer workshop become members of the CCHN Community of Practice.

Regularly held
Online on Zoom, onsite in regional focus areas, hybrid
Humanitarian with at least 3-year of field experience and involved in operational negotiations
On application
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Specialized activities for our community members, to learn and discuss together specific contexts or regional issues.

Training of Facilitators

A facilitation training to develop participants’ capacity to guide peers through the CCHN negotiation methodology.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom and onsite in regional focus areas
Community of Practice members
On application
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Specialized Sessions

Specialized workshops for humanitarian professionals wishing to apply the CCHN negotiation methodology to a particular issue.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom and onsite in regional focus areas
Community of Practice members
On application
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Advanced Professional Certificates

Three-day course to learn and discuss complexities amidst the ongoing operational and policy challenges, in collaboration with leading academic institutes.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom or hybrid
Community of Practice members
By application
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Peer Circles

Informal meetings to guide field practitioners when applying negotiation tools in their daily work. Focused on particular topics or operational contexts.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom and onsite in regional focus areas
Community of Practice members
By invitation
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Advanced-level activities bring together our community members to consolidate engagement and sense of belonging in our collaborative works.

Thematic Retreats

Retreats for experienced frontline negotiators, facilitated by external experts on the chosen subject matter.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom, onsite in regional focus areas and hybrid
Community of Practice members with subject-matter experience
By invitation
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Community Assembly

Annual gathering where Community members (re-)connect with peers, review difficult negotiations and decide on the future direction of the CCHN.

Held once a year
Onsite in regional focus areas
Community of Practice members who have previously attended a Level 2 activity
On application
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Specialized Advanced Sessions

Engaging with advanced negotiation tools and methods while looking at specific thematic areas of interest or geographic contexts.
Held regularly
Onsite in regional focus areas and online on Zoom
Community of Practice members who have previously attended the Advanced Professional Certificate
On application
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Supplementary activities and one-on-one sessions to understand our community members’ challenges, dilemmas, needs and aspirations.

Refresher Sessions on CCHN Negotiation Tools

Live sessions to refresh understanding, knowledge and applications on CCHN negotiation tools.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom
Community of Practice members
On CCHN Connect
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Digital Office Hours

One-on-one time with CCHN, where community members can share ideas and recurrent challenges and dilemmas  and chatham house rules applied.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom
Community of Practice members
On CCHN Connect
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Simulation

Practicing a humanitarian negotiation scenario through a role-play simulation.

Held regularly
Online on Zoom
Community of Practice members
On CCHN Connect
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Meetings & Public Activities

Discussing and facilitating humanitarian negotiation issues together and beyond our Community of Practice

Advisory Support

Advising field teams in terms of negotiation access and protection based on our analytical tools and policy work.

Level 1
Bilateral technical support
Entry-level services which comprise the support provided bilaterally to community members and partners by CCHN staff members and consultants in relation to humanitarian negotiations. The support will be developed by our Operations Team with/without subject-matter experts within our community and selected peers.
Level 2
Specialized research
and policy response
We anticipate an increase in need and demand for events and products related to humanitarian negotiations. Our Research & Development team will mainly support you, together with our Operations team and members of our Community of Practice.
Level 3
Direct Advisory
Support
The most advanced level of advisory support services by providing direct support to the requestor. You will be supported by CCHN Mobile Advisory Team which comprises of our internal operational capacity and external resources.

Thematic Projects

Humanitarian negotiation practices can be applied in different humanitarian operational contexts. Therefore, we have developed our thematic projects to support further field humanitarians to overcome their challenges and dilemmas in these topics using our negotiations tools and methods.