In collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN).

For a long time negotiating in humanitarian operations was felt as compromising on principles and norms. It is only recently that it was found as reinforcing humanitarian impact to take into consideration interests of all sides and the context in order to make a deal.

This executive short course is a full-time training which focuses on the design of adapted negotiation strategies in humanitarian settings, as well as the development of participant’s self-awareness. It links real situations experienced by participants with the latest concepts around humanitarian negotiation, meaning negotiations aimed at securing access, assistance and protection for civilians facing humanitarian emergencies.

A printable “course-at-a-glance” document is available here.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the objectives and specificities of humanitarian negotiation
  • Apply a negotiation framework adapted to humanitarian crises
  • Select and manage the most appropriate interaction and communication modes with various stakeholders while in a negotiation process
  • Discover your personal style as negotiator and its consequences.



Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

  • Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching including reflexive practice on real situations faced by participants, panel with experts, and role plays.
  • Approximately 30 hours of self-study time including readings, audio visual presentations, videos.


Structure of the course

  • Defining the similarities and differences between Humanitarian Negotiations and other types of negotiation
  • Analysing a negotiation context
  • Defining a strategy adapted to humanitarian crises
  • Panel with experts
  • Special types of negotiation: abduction of humanitarian staff, mediation with communities.
  • Role plays


  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in Humanitarian Negotiation
  • Professionals from other sectors involved in humanitarian operations like government officials, CIMIC officers, liaison officers.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

For more information about André Picot, the course coordinator, read his latest blog.

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  3. excellent command of English;
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector.


Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).


More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

  • Negotiation in Humanitarian CrisesDates 17-21 May, 2021
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian CrisesDuration 1 week
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian CrisesLocation Geneva
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian CrisesLanguage English
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian CrisesCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1,500
  • Application Deadline 2 weeks before the starts of the course. For candidates who need a VISA: 6 weeks before the start of the course.