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 online while the Field Exchange workshops will to be in-person (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. 

  • Eastern Ukraine (online) - September 27-29, 2021
  • South Sudan (online) - November 9-11, 2021   
  • Nairobi, Kenya (online)- March 1-3, 2022 
  • Bogota, Colombia (online)- March 28-30, 2022 
  • Amman, Jordan (online) - April 12-14, 2022 
  • Bangkok, Thailand (online) - April 26-28, 2022 No longer accepting applications

Please note there are a limited number of spots for each workshop, and due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application. Applications for workshops will close 2 weeks prior to the start date. Invitations to join will be sent out in during that time period.

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