Springboard to a global community of frontline negotiators.
Our Peer Workshops provide a safe space for sharing negotiation experiences and for peer learning. Our participants will have an opportunity to connect with experienced peers from other leading humanitarian organizations, in their own region and beyond, and are offered both onsite and online.
The workshops are centered on experience-based learning. Participants are asked to share their own negotiation experiences openly so that they can learn from one another’s successes and failures. They are also shown effective ways of supporting their peers in a negotiation process.
The workshops aim to develop field practitioners’ capacity to analyse the humanitarian negotiation environment they are working in and improve their ability to plan multi-stakeholder negotiation processes. They introduce participants to practical negotiation tools and methods developed on the basis of the latest empirical research conducted by the CCHN.
Peer Workshops draw heavily on the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation. Sessions focus on:
- Strategic planning and critical thinking in complex environments
- Context analysis and network assessment
- Analysing the interests and motives of the other side
- Setting objectives and priorities in frontline negotiations
- Devising and role-playing negotiation scenarios and setting red lines
- Planning and evaluating negotiation processes
Peer Workshops are designed to meet the needs of humanitarian professionals with a minimum of three years’ experience in the field. They are open to the national and international staff of humanitarian organizations.
Before joining a workshop, all participants are asked to prepare a case study on a challenging humanitarian negotiation they have faced in the past, to help them analyse a situation. These case studies are used to launch peer discussions over the period of the workshop.
The participants can choose their regions of expertise, e.g: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The languages of instructions are English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
Online Peer Workshops are held over three days, on Zoom, and are free of charge. To receive a Certificate of Participation, participants must attend all sessions.
Onsite Peer Workshops are held in regional hubs over five days. Participants will be given the benefit of additional negotiation tools and networking sessions. All are charged a cost-recovery fee of USD 360, to ensure the sustainability of the programme – this fee covers all instruction, materials, conference rooms, lunches and coffee breaks during a Peer Workshop.
If the workshop venue and catering are provided by one of CCHN’s Strategic Partners, the cost-recovery fee may be waived – whether or not this applies to a particular workshop is indicated on the event page.
Humanitarian field staff can apply to take part in one of the Peer Workshops which are held regularly, both online and onsite in regional hubs. For more information and application deadlines, please consult the Events pages.
Participants who complete a Peer Workshop can join the CCHN’s global Community of Practice. Our community members gain exclusive access to its advanced-level activities such as the Training of Facilitators, Specialized Sessions and Peer Circles. These are held regularly, both online and onsite in regional hubs around the world.
Peer Workshop calendar
Negotiation Support Specialist — Africa
Negotiation Support Specialist — Asia
Thematic Consultant (Europe) – Research and Development
Negotiation Support Specialist — Latin America
Negotiation Support Specialist — Middle East
6+ years of field experience
Use or plan to use CCHN negotiation methodology
Would Recommend the Program to Colleagues
Testimony from our community members
That was the first time that I had to acquire very good knowledge and methods on humanitarian negotiation. Through a CCHN Peer Workshop, I could further strengthen our capacities in the work than we practice every day in a difficult environment and sometimes hostile. All the trainers were extraordinary because of their knowledge and the knowledge transmitted.Kodio Djimtan FrancisWFP, Security Associate at World Food Programme in Baga Soal, Tchad
It [the CCHN Peer Workshop onsite] was amazing. No PowerPoint presentation, a completely adult learning and sharing experience with other colleagues from different other organization.Mohammad Abu TaherMSF Project Coordinator Support in Dhaka, Bangladesh
I had a feeling this was not going to be ‘another one of those trainings’. The CCHN Peer Workshop was very well-planned, a thought-out process and organization. As a newcomer I saw that the platform was easy to enrol in, easy to use and already had a lot of information, articles, videos to prepare prior to the workshop.Kimon IoannidesArbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), Programme Coordinator for in Thessaloniki, Greece
Apart from learning useful negotiation tools for my daily work during this Peer Workshop, I shared experiences and learned different contexts of the works of colleagues from other organizations whom I met there.Pamela CalderonICRC, Movement Cooperation Officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
The CCHN Peer Workshop went beyond my expectations! Very well organized and interactive, with amazing energy and a lot of opportunities to share real-life experiences.Sybilla KitsiosACTED, Camp Manager in Mosul, Iraq
Stories from regional Peer Workshops
Making Humanitarians in the Sahel, West and Central Africa Better Negotiators
Indonesian Scholars and NGOs Learn about Humanitarian Negotiation
Capacity-Building on Humanitarian Negotiation for Humanitarians in Greece
Challenges of Humanitarian Negotiations in Latin America
Protection Challenges at the Heart of Peer Discussions in Iraq