The Program on Humanitarian Leadership provides the leadership training, and specific skills sets that humanitarian workers must posses in order to improve the humanitarian field operations in today’s global environment.
Humanitarian agencies work at the front lines of crisis, and play a critical role in relief and recovery form major international disasters. Leaders of humanitarian agencies must not only understand the complex local landscape in which they are operating, they must also possess in-depth knowledge of the international humanitarian system, of international humanitarian law (in situations of armed conflict), and they must exhibit the skills required of any successful leader.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, in consortium with Concern World Wide, and International Medical Corps have developed a rigorous leadership program designed to equip humanitarian professionals with the tools they need to be successful in the field.
The PHL program offers a unique curriculum tailored to fit the immediate and long term needs of humanitarian workers in complex emergency settings. PHL is comprised on three components: online learning modules, a one week in person training, and a mentorship training program .
PHL provides participants with an in depth education on leadership training and then allows them to test their new techniques in the field while being guided by experienced mentors.
Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster
Global Pandemic Response
Humanitarian Civil Military Engagement
In-person Leadership Training
PHL 2017 will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from May 1 – May 7. This years participants represent 15 different countries and were selected from among more than 1,300 applicants
Field Placements and Mentoring
Concern World Wide, and International Medical Corp offer select field placements for participants. Participants are paired with a mentor that assists with their leadership development long after the in person training is completed.