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

Professional Pathway

The Centre offers a two-step pathway for professionals who prepare for and conduct humanitarian negotiations at the local, national and regional level. Selected professionals first complete an Induction Workshop, followed by an Advanced Regional Workshop. The Centre also runs a Training for Trainers program to respond to growing demands for regular peer exchanges in regional hubs.

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Induction Workshop

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

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Advanced Regional Workshop

Workshops to enhance the capacity and skills of field practitioners through guided peer exchange of experience and reflections.

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Training of Facilitators

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

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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.

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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.

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Regional Roundtable

Peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations.

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Thematic Retreats

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

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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.

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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.

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Advanced Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

3 September 2018 - 7 September 2018

This workshop offers a safe and informed space for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiations to share their experience with peers. It helps participants build their capacity to address recurring challenges…

Advanced Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018

This workshop offers a safe and informed space for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiations to share their experience with peers. It helps participants build their capacity to address recurring challenges…

Taller de introducción a la Negociación Humanitaria en Latinoamérica

18 September 2018 - 19 September 2018

El taller busca desarrollar capacidades para el análisis de contextos de negociación humanitaria de terreno en los participantes, a su vez busca mejorar sus habilidades para planear procesos de negociación…

Training of Facilitators Program: Session B

2 October 2018 - 3 October 2018

This Training of Facilitators Program introduces participants to a series of facilitation techniques to guide humanitarian professionals through the application of  the negotiation methodology developed by the Centre of Competence…

Training of Facilitators Program: Session C

3 October 2018 - 4 October 2018

This Training of Facilitators Program introduces participants to a series of facilitation techniques to guide humanitarian professionals through the application of  the negotiation methodology developed by the Centre of Competence…

Training of Facilitators Program: Session A

30 October 2018 - 31 October 2018

This Training of Facilitators Program introduces participants to a series of facilitation techniques to guide humanitarian professionals through the application of  the negotiation methodology developed by the Centre of Competence…

Training of Facilitators: Session C

1 November 2018 - 2 November 2018

This Training of Facilitators Program introduces participants to a series of facilitation techniques to guide humanitarian professionals through the application of  the negotiation methodology developed by the Centre of Competence…

Advanced Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

12 November 2018 - 16 November 2018

This workshop offers a safe and informed space for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiations to share their experience with peers. It helps participants build their capacity to address recurring challenges…

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