About Us

In October 2016, five leading humanitarian organisations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF- Switzerland) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), launched the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), based in Geneva.

The Centre of Competence facilitates the capture, analysis and sharing of humanitarian negotiation experiences and practices with a view to supporting a more systematic approach to frontline negotiation. It provides a space for multiagency dialogue and intends to foster a community of practice among humanitarian negotiators.

This joint endeavour is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). During a five-year incubation phase, the Centre will be hosted by the ICRC and, with the support of the five Strategic Partners, organises dedicated events, peer-to-peer exchanges and carries out research on issues identified by practitioners.



Information Leaflet


Our Mission

The Centre of Competence’s core objectives are to:


Facilitate critical reflections, learning and informal peer exchanges among frontline negotiators.

The Centre offers a safe, informal and neutral space to discuss and review humanitarian negotiation practices in regions affected by conflicts.

Support the development of a stronger analytical framework and greater capacity for effective humanitarian negotiation.

Informed by current practice, the Centre contributes to the professional and policy debates surrounding frontline negotiation processes, tools and strategies.

Foster a community of practice among humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiations.

The ultimate goal of the Centre is to facilitate the emergence of a global community of frontline negotiators across agencies, regions and themes.



Mission Statement


Our Team

The Centre of Competence is staffed by secondees from the five Strategic Partners to enable the development of peer support, policy analysis as well as communication and networking activities on humanitarian negotiation.

Claude Bruderlein


Peter Scott-Bowden

Senior Advisor

Marcia Vargas

Marcia Vargas

CCHN Affiliate

Joëlle Germanier

Negotiation Support Specialist

Laurent Ligozat

Senior Advisor

Martine Lapeyre

Program Manager

Margaux Michel

Events Officer & Executive Assistant

Karim Hafez


Andreas Kaufmann

Communication Coordinator

Strategic Partners

The Centre of Competence is the result of a Strategic Partnership between five agencies and organizations providing humanitarian assistance and protection in complex emergencies: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF- Switzerland) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD). This partnership was adopted at the High-Level Meeting of the Strategic Partners, organized under the auspices of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva on 30 November 2015.

With the support of

Structure & Governance

The Centre of Competence serves as a central hub for the Strategic Partners’ efforts to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian professionals to engage effectively in negotiation processes. While its activities are designed to support professional staff from the five Strategic Partner organisations, these activities are open to the participation of professionals from all humanitarian organisations active on the frontlines of conflict.

Under the guidance of the Strategic Partnership, the Centre of Competence is hosted on a temporary basis by the ICRC for a period of five years. At the end of the incubation period, the Strategic Partners will decide on the opportunity to establish a permanent institutional framework for the activities of the Centre.

The Centre relies on financial and in-kind contributions of the Strategic Partners as well as external donors. The fiduciary responsibility for the management of the Centre rests with the ICRC.


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CCHN Concept Paper


ToRs of Strategic Partnership


Job Openings

Negotiation Support Specialist

Purpose of the post

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation is a common undertaking of 5 organisations (UNHCR, WFP, ICRC, MSF-Switzerland and HD) that aims to facilitate the capture, analysis and sharing of humanitarian negotiation practices on the frontline to support the efforts of humanitarian practitioners in seeking access to and protection of populations affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence. It intends to contribute to a community of practice among humanitarian negotiators across agencies and regions centered on the specificities of humanitarian negotiation. The CCHN is administratively hosted under the auspices of the ICRC.

The CCHN is recruiting a Negotiation Support Specialist, with an emphasis on Research and Facilitation on Humanitarian Negotiation in South and Southeast Asia, focusing primarily on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar. This position should further develop the research, policy, training and networking capabilities of the CCHN in the region in analyzing humanitarian negotiation practices at contextual and regional level and further strengthen the CCHN ability to develop and deliver curriculum components and tools pertaining to humanitarian negotiation and mediation.

S/he will mobilize the South and Southeast Asia larger humanitarian community on the practice of such tools.

Scope & Impact

  • The Negotiator Support Specialist will play a critical role in maintaining a connection between the different CCHN events, linking information and participants with the wider deliberations on frontline humanitarian negotiation in the said region, and bridging negotiation knowledge with humanitarian agencies and NGOs based in South and Southeast Asia to ensure an effective support to practitioners/negotiators and a sound response to operational challenges.
  • Geographical remit: South and Southeast Asia

Main responsibilities

  • Conducting interviews of humanitarian negotiations’ practitioners primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar;
  • Contributing to a thorough analysis of humanitarian negotiation practices at a technical professional and strategic level;
  • Gathering and analyzing information and trends, opportunities and challenges related to humanitarian negotiation practices across the agencies and the larger community in South and Southeast Asia;
  • Reaching out to and networking with humanitarian practitioners based in South and Southeast Asia, to foster the emergence of a community of practices in humanitarian negotiation;
  • Contributing to the development of policy tools and methods on the planning and evaluation of humanitarian negotiation and mediation in the region;
  • Facilitating designated sessions of the Regional Workshops the CCHN is organizing;
  • Contributing to the mobilization of humanitarian negotiators in the design of the Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators.

Background and Experience required

  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law or equivalent;
  • 2 to 4 years of professional experience;
  • Solid experience in conducting interviews as well as writing political  and social analysis with a particular focus on negotiation and conflict mediation, as well as international affairs;
  • Experience in the organisation and facilitation of professsional exchange events;
  • Good understanding of the humanitarian system and trends affecting humanitarian action;
  • Professional experience working in/or government, academia, international organizations of international NGOs;
  • Field experience an asset.

Profile and skills desired

  • Proven ability to think critically, succinctly and creatively;
  • Capacity to work independently under pressure with tight deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills, and capacity to work effectively in a small team;
  • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills, and ability to translate complex questions into policy options leading to practical recommendations;
  • Fluent in English, French would be an asset;
  • Available for regular field missions (at least one week per month);
  • Political and/or academic knowledge on the South and Southeast Asia region an asset.

Additional information

  • Location :                          Geneva
  • Type of contract :              Open ended
  • Activity rate :                     100%
  • Estimated start date :       ASAP
  • Application deadline :    10.06.2018