About the Program

The Peer Workshop Program aims to develop field practitioners’ capacity to analyze the humanitarian negotiation environment they work in and improve their ability to plan multi-stakeholder negotiation processes. It introduces 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.

The Program serves as a gateway to a global community of frontline negotiators. At each workshop, participants connect with experienced peers from other leading humanitarian organizations from across their region and beyond. More than 750 field practitioners have joined the Program since 2017.

By joining this community, field practitioners get exclusive access to specialized CCHN activities, such as operational simulations, peer-to-peer exchanges, thematic retreats, the Training of Facilitators and the Peer Circles Program. These more advanced activities regularly take place in regional hubs around the world.


The Program’s core objectives are to:

Strategic planning and critical thinking in complex environments

Conflict analysis and network assessment

Planning and evaluating negotiation processes

Setting priorities in frontline negotiations

Peer Workshops in Numbers

Peer Workshops since 2017

field staff

6+ years of field experience

Use or plan to use CCHN negotiation methodology

Would Recommend the Program to Colleagues

South Sudan

Criteria and Expectations

This Peer Workshop Program is designed to serve the needs of humanitarian professionals with a minimum of 3 years of field experience. It is open to national and international staff of humanitarian organizations.

The Program provides a safe space for the sharing of negotiation experiences and peer learning. Before joining a workshop, all participans are expected to prepare a case study that will help them structure their analysis of a challenging humanitarian negotiation they faced in the past. These case studies then serve as the basis of the peer discussions during the workshop days.

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Practical Details

A cost-recovery fee of USD 360 is required from all participants as to ensure the sustainability of the Peer Workshop Program. This fee covers all the instruction, material, conference rooms, lunches and coffee breaks during a Peer Workshop.

If the workshop venue and catering is provided by one of CCHN’s Strategic Partners, the cost-recovery fee may be waived for all participants. Whether or not this applies to a specific workshop is specified on the event page.

A Certificate of Participation is delivered to all the participants who complete a Peer Workshop.

Application Process

Field practitioners can join the Program by applying for one of the Peer Workshops which are regularly held in regional hubs and operational contexts around the world. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The CCHN collaborates closely with its five Strategic Partners (ICRC, UNHCR, MSF, WFP, HD) to facilitate the participation of national and international staff in this Program. In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Member Stories

It was refreshing to share stories with and hear similar challenges from other field practitioners. You see common dilemmas, trends and patterns in different countries and from different sectors. There is a wealth of experience among humanitarian workers that we can build upon and apply in our work if we just sit down and reflect on what went well, what didn’t and why.

Megan Denise SmithGBV Specialist, IOM

The workshop was all about exchanging experiences from different contexts. Listening and discussing negotiations with colleagues helped me to identify where I did well and where I could do things differently next time.

Ina’m ShakhatrehProject Coordinator Assistant, MSF

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and hope that given the chance to be part of the community of peers will make me a more well-rounded humanitarian in any setting.

Binta BajahaHead of Gender - Rohingya Response, WFP

The peer workshop was very beneficial and successful, in my view, in presenting us with tools and methods to organise our thought process in planning and implementing negotiations. Having colleagues from different organisations, with different experiences was very insightful.

NourElDeen RadyAssociate Field Officer, UNHCR