What We Do

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) serves as a central hub for the Strategic Partners’ efforts to enhance the ability of humanitarian professionals to effectively prepare and conduct frontline negotiations. 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:

1

Capture & Analysis of Negotiation Practices

We collect and analyze the experiences and reflections of frontline humanitarian negotiators. We also document their strategies, challenges and dilemmas at the local, national and regional levels.
2

Development of Negotiation Tools & Methods

We create practical negotiation tools, methods, case studies and simulation exercises to support field practitioners in preparing for and conducting negotiations.
3

Sharing of Experience

We facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience between experienced humanitarian professionals; providing a platform to learn from peers who face similar negotiation challenges and dilemmas
4

Advisory

We advise field teams from partner agencies in terms of negotiation
of access and protection based on analytical tools and policy work of
the CCHN.

3 Levels of Engagement

The CCHN activities are available on-site and online and divided into three different levels with a view to tailoring the format and content of the sessions to the interests and commitment of community members. Community members can move up to the next level after attending at least one activity.

Gateway to a Global Community of Practice

Humanitarians with at least 3 years of field experience can apply for:

Peer Workshop Program

Field-level workshops introducing essential tools of humanitarian negotiation using peer-to-peer methodologies.

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For field practitioners with at least 3 years of experience
On application
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Specialized activities

Community members who have completed a Level 1 activity can continue with:

Training of Facilitators Program

Two-step program to develop participants’ capacity to guide peers through the CCHN negotiation methodology.

Regularly taking place online and in regional hubs
For field practitioners who previously attended a CCHN Peer Workshop
On application
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Specialized Sessions

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

Regularly taking place online and in regional hubs
For field practitioners who previously attended a CCHN Peer Workshop
On application
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Advanced-level activities

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.

Level 3 - Retreats

Thematic Retreat

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

Regularly taking place in regional hubs
For field practitioners with subject-matter expertise
By invitation
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3 Levels of Engagement - Peer Circles

Peer Circle Program

Informal meetings to accompany field practitioners through the application of negotiation tools in their daily work.

Regularly taking place online and in regional hubs
For field practitioners who previously attended a Level 2 activity.
On application
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Level 3 - Community Assembly

Community Assembly

Annual gathering for community members to (re-)connecting with peers, review difficult negotiations and guide the orientation of the CCHN field practitioners through the application of negotiation tools in their daily work.

Taking place once a year
For field practitioners who previously attended a Level 2 activity
On application

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.