What We Do

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation serves as a central hub for the Strategic Partners’ efforts to enhance the ability of humanitarian professionals to effectively prepare and conduct negotiations on the frontlines. Experiential learning and peer exchanges lie at the heart of our activities, aiming to support a global community of practice. We organize four interrelated types of activity:

Our Activities

Learning Pathway

The Centre proposes a learning pathway for humanitarian field practitioners. While some activities are reserved for staff from the five Strategic Partners, most are open to qualified practitioners from other humanitarian organizations.

Peer Workshop Program

Field-level workshops introducing essential tools of humanitarian negotiation for national and international staff.

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Specialized Workshops

Specialized workshops for humanitarian professionals aiming to apply the CCHN negotiation methodology to a specific theme.

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Training of Facilitators Program

Two-step program to develop participants’ capacity to guide practitioners through the CCHN negotiation methodology and enhance negotiation skills.

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Peer Circles

12-month program to accompany field practitioners through the application of negotiation tools in their day-to-day work on a specific theme, hence bridging the gap between theory and practice.

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Field Assessments

At the request of the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF, and HD), the Centre regularly conducts field assessments focusing on negotiation practices in specific operational contexts, providing support to country teams in the field. Field assessments may include listening tours and/or case studies.

Listening Tour

Bilateral and small group meetings with field practitioners to capture and analyze practices and challenges in current humanitarian negotiations.


Case Studies

Participatory research related to humanitarian negotiations in a specific operational context, in close collaboration with field-based teams and academic partners.

Peer Discussions

The Centre facilitates regular peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations. These discussions are hosted in regional hubs and take the form of roundtables, retreats and peer reviews.


Regional Roundtable

Peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations.


Thematic Retreats

Retreats for experienced frontline negotiators, supported by external subject-matter experts.


Peer Reviews

Critical reflection on scenarios, strategies and tactics in a humanitarian response, following a clearly defined protocol.

Advisory Services

On the demand of a Strategic Partner, we assist field-based teams in addressing specific challenges and dilemmas of negotiating access and protection in an operational context.


Advisory Support Missions

Missions to advise field-based teams on specific challenges and dilemmas of negotiating access and protection in an operational context.

Where & With Whom

The Centre regularly organises activities in operational contexts and regional hubs for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiation. For an overview of all upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

While our activities are designed to support professional staff from the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF and HD), these activities are open to the participation of professionals from all humanitarian organisations active on the frontlines of conflict.

Next Events

Tue 23

Training of Facilitators Program: Session A

23 July 2019 - 24 July 2019
Thu 25

Training of Facilitators Program: Session B

25 July 2019 - 26 July 2019
Tue 30
Aug 12

Taller de Negociación Humanitaria

12 August 2019 - 14 August 2019

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