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Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action
The Core Professional Training on Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action takes place over five full days and serves as a unique opportunity to further refine the knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to address contemporary humanitarian challenges faced by managers and team leaders in the context of humanitarian response, with a particular focus on building the strategic capabilities of mid- to senior-level professionals working in the field.
Lectures, guided discussions, case studies, and simulation exercises are integrated into a new curriculum narrative informed by critical concepts related to non-profit management, legal frameworks, principles of humanitarian action, contemporary challenges, and recent scholarship.
The Core Professional Training on Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action consists of a variety of modules, covering such topics as:
- Core management concepts applicable to international aid
- Governance and accountability structures of humanitarian organizations
- Coordination mechanisms and interoperability with the UN system
- Review of mandates of key agencies and non-governmental organizations
- Introduction to international human rights and humanitarian law
- Review of guiding humanitarian principles
- Strategic planning, evaluation, and communication
- Leading change in humanitarian policies and operations
- Concepts and tools for human resource management in humanitarian operations
- Security and risk management approaches and methodologies
- Mobilizing financial resources: tools and methods
- Engagement with communities and accountability toward beneficiaries
- Monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding methods and strategies
- Evaluating output and impact in the humanitarian sector
- Team management under stress
The modules are developed in close cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard Universityand presented by internationally-recognized experts and instructors in the humanitarian domain. Participants are expected to engage actively in each of the sessions, sharing their own perspectives and experiences on management and leadership challenges in humanitarian contexts. Core sessions are reviewed regularly by third-party experts, major employing agencies, and individual professionals to ensure their accuracy, quality, and relevance to the professional development of PHAP members.
We are currently offering the Core Professional Training on Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action in three locations:
- Bangkok, Thailand (14 - 18 May 2012)
- Nairobi, Kenya (8 - 12 October 2012)
- Geneva, Switzerland (3 - 7 December 2012)
How to apply?
The Core Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy are specifically designed for mid-career professionals. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of five to seven years of prior professional exposure to humanitarian action at coordinator or manager level. Applications are received and processed on a rolling basis. In view of the high demand for such courses, interested individuals are strongly encouraged to apply early for the training events of their choice. At its discretion, PHAP may place interested applicants on a waiting list with the possibility that they may be offered a place closer to the time of the event, in case a place becomes available, or be offered to attend the same training in another location.
Please note that, beginning in 2011, participants to the Core Professional Trainings will also have to be members of PHAP in good standing. For those who have not yet applied to become members of the professional association, the application for the Core Professional Training can also be used to submit the necessary application for PHAP membership, in one streamlined process.
To submit an application for a particular training, click on the event in the PHAP Training Calendar and follow the application instructions on the event description page. For assistance, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
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