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:
We collect and analyze the experiences and reflections of frontline humanitarian negotiators, as well as document their strategies, challenges and dilemmas.
We create practical negotiation tools, methods, case studies and simulation exercises to support field practitioners in preparing for and conducting negotiations.
We facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience between humanitarian professionals who face comparable challenges and dilemmas in current negotiations.
We advise frontline professionals from partner agencies in terms of negotiation of access and protection based on analytical tools and policy work of the Center.
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.
Field-level workshops introducing essential tools of humanitarian negotiation for national and international staff.
Advanced Regional Workshop
Workshops to enhance the capacity and skills of field practitioners through guided peer exchange of experience and reflections.
Training of Facilitators
Three-step program to develop participants’ capacity to guide practitioners through the CCHN negotiation methodology and enhance negotiation skills.
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.
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.
Peer discussions on specific challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations.
Retreats for experienced frontline negotiators, supported by external subject-matter experts.
Critical reflection on scenarios, strategies and tactics in a humanitarian response, following a clearly defined protocol.
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.
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.