Learn from experience. Shape a global community.
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) provides humanitarian professionals with a platform to learn and exchange around the topic of frontline negotiation. It contributes to scientific research around negotiation processes, tools and strategies and promotes collaboration across the sector. At the core of CCHN’s work is a global community of negotiators working at the frontlines of humanitarian action.
Our team is administratively hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
For any vacancy-related questions, please contact:
Ms Martine Lapeyre, Head of Support
(Kindly do not send your applications to this email address).
Before joining the CCHN, Joëlle worked for several years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in various field operations in Africa and Latin America focusing her work on protection and operational management. She also worked as Policy and Outreach Advisor at the ICRC’s Headquarters in Geneva. Her earlier professional experiences include diplomatic services within the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi (India) as well as field-based legal and advocacy work for non-governmental organizations.
Joëlle holds a master's degree in International Public Law with a specialization in International Humanitarian Law and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the universities of Geneva, Vienna and Lucerne.
During his 10-year tenure at the World Food Programme, he served in various roles in the field as well as in leadership positions at the organization’s Rome Headquarters; most recently, as the Deputy Chief of Staff. Rehan has negotiation experiences across a range of contexts, including Yemen, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan.
Rehan holds a Master of Public Affairs in Social and Economic Policy awarded by the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics awarded by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan).
Originally from Romania, Loredana has a Master’s Degree in Financial Management and is a project manager with certifications in both traditional and agile methodologies. In her free time, Loredana loves volunteering for organisations supporting women's advancement, children's education, environmental protection and professional development.
Her long-standing humanitarian experience includes field missions as an ICRC protection delegate in Gaza and Syria and as the Head of Sub Delegation in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Besides her field experience, Fiorella also worked as Program Responsible for the Horn of Africa at the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and as Risk- and Crisis Management Consultant in the private sector.
Fiorella holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, a Master’s Degree in Conflict and Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Anthropology and Arabic Literature from the University of Zurich.
He had previously worked for the ICRC, both as a protection delegate in the Middle East and as the Learning Facilitator for the Humanitarian Leadership Program in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also worked in Israel and the Occupied Territories (ILOT) as a Project Coordinator for the French Cooperation.
Toufik holds a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester.
From 2003 to 2018, Patrick led field operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross in various capacities including Head of Mission and Head of Office in Rwanda, the former Yugoslav Republic, Guinea, Burundi, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Pakistan, and in Geneva as Head of Sector for Cooperation and Coordination.
From 2018 to 2021, he directed his own consultancy firm providing strategic and operational humanitarian advisory services to organisations and individuals across the globe.
Patrick holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Arts in Contemporary History from the University Paris XII, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Universities of Perpignan (France) and Freiburg-im-Breisgau (Germany).
Frédéric holds a Master’s Degree in International Security and Defence from the Université Grenoble Alpes (France) and a Bachelor's in Logistics and Facility Management from Institut Bioforce (France).
Her academic background in social studies, law and public administration led her to professionally focus on development work and humanitarian action.
She holds a diploma in Political Science and International Relations and studied at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She is a graduate of the Humanitarian Leadership program at Deakin University (Australia) and is pursuing a Master of Advanced Studies in Peace Building from Swisspeace and the University of Basel.
Thaer’s expertise includes humanitarian protection response and coordination, capacity building and development, access and negotiations, and most recently, durable solutions coordination.
Hala has extensive experience as a humanitarian professional, having worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council, and Action contre la faim among others, in contexts such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. She is particularly interested in the strategic impact of humanitarian work and the daily discussions that make it happen.
Besides her field experience, Hala also worked as a Learning and Development Coordinator at Bioforce Institute and contributed to the development of several capacity-building programmes in contexts like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Haiti, and Central African Republic.
Hala is a Lebanese national who speaks fluent Arabic, French, and English. She holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH) with a specialisation in Health Management and Policy from the American University of Beirut, as well as an MPH in Economic Evaluation and Research from Université de Lyon I.
Previously, Saale has worked with project management, partnerships and capacity building in NGO Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, in the Programme Development Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme's headquarters in Kenya, and with projects in global citizenship education in Estonia and Portugal. Moreover, she has experiences in B2B and large-scale sports events management.
Saale holds a Master's degree in International Development and Management from Lund University (Sweden), during which she also conducted gender focused field research in an urban informal settlement in Nairobi. Originally from Estonia, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and Project Management from University of Tartu.
Previously, Purvi has worked as a project coordinator, researcher and enabler for various projects in the fields of Economic Policy, Gender, Inclusive Trade & Sustainable Development.
As a consultant with the SheTrades Initiative and the Office of Asia and the Pacific at the International Trade Centre (ITC), she worked on the policy and data portfolio for inclusive and sustainable trade-related technical assistance to governments under various projects such as Gender-Responsive Public Procurement, and led the activities of the Network of Trade & Gender Focal Points.
She has also worked with other organisations including the OECD, UNCTAD, UNDP, the Forum on Trade Environment and the SDGs (TESS Forum), the Institute of Development Studies Jaipur, and the Directorate of Statistics & Economics - Government of Rajasthan.
Purvi holds a Master’s in International Affairs (MIA) from the Graduate Institute Geneva, specialising in ‘Trade and International Finance’ and ‘Environment, Resources & Sustainability’.
She has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Matvej holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a specialisation in Global Security, Power, and Conflict, from the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Previously based in Madrid, she had been working as a social mediator for the Spanish Red Cross, operating in an emergency welcome shelter for migrants. She is particularly interested in the formation of volunteer programmes as well as community awareness.
Clara holds a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action from the Open University of Catalonia, and a Bachelor's degree in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University.
Since she joined the ICRC in 1995, she has been engaging with humanitarian organizations and focusing on administrative, financial, logistical and HR issues. She has also worked in the field for many years, mainly in Chechnya, Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan.
Barbara holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland), an undergraduate degree in Human Rights from the University of Padua (Italy), and an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Communications from the University of Fribourg's School of Management. In addition to English and French, Barbara speaks Italian and Spanish.
Before joining the CCHN, Ana worked as a freelance translator and editor for United Nations agencies and International Non-Governmental Organizations.
Ana holds a master's degree in Legal and Economic Translation from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). She speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Before, Mathilde worked at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Geneva Liaison office and at the politics and governance department of the Ministry of Education of Quebec in Canada.
Mathilde holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Geneva Graduate Institute (Switzerland), and a bachelor in Public Affairs and International Relations and a Certificate in Sustainable Development from Laval University (Canada). She speaks French and English.