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:

  • Management and Leadership in the Humanitarian system: Principles, legal framework for action and their evolution over time
  • Management and Leadership in the Humanitarian system: Mandates, standards and actors
  • Management and Leadership at the individual level: the relationship between management challenges and leadership challenges
  • SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis
  • Strategic risk management and resource allocation
  • Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • The science of decision-making
  • Mobilizing resources: Managing teams
  • Mobilizing resources: Knowledge management
  • Negotiation skills
  • The Adaptative Leadership model

The modules presented by internationally-recognized experts and instructors in the humanitarian domain, and have been developed in close cooperation with leading institutions, including the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University. 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.


How to apply?

The Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action training is 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.

For more information on course fees and payment policies, see Payment Information.