Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
From conflicts to natural disasters, humanitarian agencies are at the forefront of providing life-saving aid to populations in need. Negotiating access to these populations and ensuring that aid is delivered in a manner that respects humanitarian norms and international law is no easy task. This work requires strong leadership and strategic vision. Yet, few humanitarian professionals have access to leadership training programs.
That’s why Concern Worldwide, in consortium with International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and with technical support from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health developed the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL), formerly called the Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL). The program, funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and launched in 2016, utilizes innovative pedagogies to combine a rigorous academic curriculum with practical experiential learning including mentorship and individual assignments.
NNPHL is designed for exemplary, mid-level career humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings. All participants of NNPHL will meet a standard set of minimum requirements:
- Must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing leadership roles in the humanitarian sector
- Must be able to speak, read, and write English with proficiency
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree or a comparable academic or professional qualification
- Must be available to participate in the course which begins April 2019 and will conclude in October 2019. (including the in-person training, distance learning and experiential learning)
- Must have the permission of your employer to participate in all aspects of the program
- Must have reached a mid-level position in a non-governmental or community-based organization
- Experience in at least one or more humanitarian emergency situations
- Must aspire to take on leadership roles in and have a commitment to the humanitarian sector
- Must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the in-person training course
- Must not be enrolled or actively participating in a Master’s Degree program of PhD program during the time of the training course
Since the program began, NNPHL has received more than 3,000 applications and trained 99 humanitarian professionals from more than 40 countries. With additional funding from OFDA, NNPHL will expand the program and host four regionally-based training courses over the next two years, as well as launch an online e-learning leadership training course in February 2019.
NNPHL is designed for exceptional humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings. The ideal participant will aspire to take on decision-making and management responsibilities in the humanitarian sector.
By the end of this learning process, NNPHL participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities within a variety of humanitarian organizations, ultimately improving the delivery of services to those in need of humanitarian assistance.
NNPHL’s five-month leadership training programs combine in-person training, distance learning, coaching, and field-based assignments.
The in-person leadership trainings are regionally based:
- NNPHL.3: Prioritizing participants from South and Southeast Asia, the in-person intensive leadership training took place in Manila, Philippines, June 3—9, 2018. This course concluded in October 2018.
- NNPHL.4: The in-person training took place in County Dublin, Ireland, September 5—11, 2018; this is global cohort with priority given to participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. This course will conclude in January 2019.
- NNPHL.5: Prioritizing participants from the Middle East, this in-person intensive leadership training will take place near Amman, Jordan, March 17—21, 2019. This course will conclude in June 2019.
- NNPHL.6: Prioritizing participants from Africa, the in-person intensive training will take place in East Africa (location TBD), July 7—12, 2019. Applications have been extended and will close February 15, 2019.
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