Foundational Frameworks in Humanitarian Negotiation Workshop Series

Workshop Description

The Foundational Frameworks in Humanitarian Negotiation Workshop Series examines the complexities of humanitarian engagement and explores major challenges and dilemmas frontline practitioners face across operational contexts. The workshop series supports practitioners in addressing barriers to humanitarian access in complex contexts through peer-to-peer learning and dialogue. It provides systematic and evidence-based approaches to the humanitarian negotiation process including context analysis in complex environments and designing cohesive engagement strategies supported by relevant priorities and feasible objectives.

During the workshops, participants can expect to:

  1. Prepare for interactions and negotiations at varying levels of leadership;
  2. Implement engagement strategies and techniques;
  3. Practice negotiation skills and frameworks through field-based case studies, simulations, role play, and other approaches based on in-depth field research;
  4. Share experiences with and learn from peers and facilitators.

The workshop series is formatted as a two-part workshop that includes a 3-day Foundational Frameworks workshop (in-person or online) and a 2-day online Field Exchange follow-up workshop that takes place six weeks after the initial session. This structure is intended to provide time for participants to begin applying what they have learned and then reconvene to continue the dialogue and reinforce and deepen learning.

This course is organized by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative – Executive Negotiation Project (HHI-ENP), which aims to develop the professional skills of executive leaders and senior frontline leaders in negotiation, conflict resolution, and community engagement. ENP workshops are grounded in critical reflections on negotiation practice that HHI has captured through over a decade of context-specific professional development workshops and interagency dialogue.

Intended Audience

The target audience for Foundational Frameworks in Humanitarian Negotiation Workshop Series is mid- to senior-level professionals with a minimum of 8 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector. It is open to experienced professionals from local organizations, as well as international NGOs. Each workshop is designed with a regional focus, and we invite practitioners to apply to the workshops that cover their respective regions.

To join the workshop, participants will be required to submit a brief application form, which will be published several weeks before the workshop start dates. 

Course Details

The workshop series will be offered online until November 2021. After this date and amid the ongoing COVID-19 developments, the workshop series will be reevaluated to transition into a hybrid format in which the 3-day Foundational Frameworks workshops will be in-person while the Field Exchange workshops will continue to be online (see below for tentative workshop location and dates). The course is free of charge and ENP is unable to provide financial assistance for travel expenses related to attending the in-person workshops.

All programs will be taught in English.

Tentative Foundational Frameworks workshop dates and locations, exact dates to be announced

  • Eastern Ukraine (online) - September 27-29, 2021 Apply Now
  • Location TBA - October 2021 Application Coming Soon
  • Amman, Jordan - December 2021
  • Nairobi, Kenya - January 2022
  • Bangkok, Thailand - May 2022
  • Bogota, Colombia - July 2022

Interest List

Please complete the interest form below if you would like to receive updates about course registration and the details of upcoming courses. If you have any other inquiries, you may reach us at hhi.negotiation@gmail.com.

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