Humanitarian Negotiations and Protection Advocacy Workshop

Program Date

21 Oct 25 Oct 2024

Program Location

Amman, Jordan

Program Venue

Corp Amman Hotel

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 Aug 2024

Program Introduction

Contemporary humanitarian organizations work in an increasingly complex environment. Escalated armed conflicts, severe political instability, and natural and man-made disasters make daily operations extremely challenging. Worldwide nearly 60 million people live in the areas controlled by non-state armed groups, frequently with extreme access constraints. Thereby, humanitarian negotiations are crucial to facilitating operational access to those in need of assistance. What is more, humanitarian negotiations mitigate risks to relief workers and contribute to broader initiatives such as humanitarian corridors and ceasefires.

This workshop has exclusively been designed by Risalat to equip aid workers with the fundamental knowledge required for conducting effective Humanitarian Negotiations and Protection Advocacy (HNPA). It empowers delegates to facilitate collaboration, ethically approach humanitarian dilemmas, and advocate for the protection of the rights of affected populations.

Target Audience

This program would benefit all professionals involved with humanitarian assistance, protection, and advocacy efforts including but not limited to:

  • Humanitarian practitioners
  • Humanitarian negotiators
  • Advocates and activists
  • Government representatives
  • Members of donor organizations
  • Community leaders
  • CSOs/CBOs

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this program, its delegates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of key concepts, principles, and frameworks concerning HNPA.
  • Develop and/or refine practical skills to effectively advocate and promote the rights of affected populations including vulnerable groups.
  • Analyze contextual factors to facilitate humanitarian negotiations.
  • Understand ethical considerations and dilemmas related to humanitarian negotiations and protection advocacy, including issues of neutrality, impartiality, and the duty to protect.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of humanitarian negotiation and protection advocacy efforts.

Program Contents

First Day

Second Day

  • A principled approach to negotiation
  • Building trust and rapport with the parties to the conflict
  • Effective communication skills for humanitarian negotiations
  • Active listening
  • Understanding the importance and scope of protection advocacy
  • Tools for vulnerability assessment
  • Protection needs of different groups

Third Day

  • Developing advocacy objectives and messaging
  • Advocacy techniques: lobbying, campaigning, media engagement
  • Ethical considerations in protection advocacy
  • Conflict sensitivity during humanitarian negotiation and protection advocacy
  • The broader role of humanitarian negotiations in forming humanitarian corridors and contributing to a ceasefire

Day 4 & 5 – Practical application exercise

The last two days of the program shall entirely be dedicated to the practical application of knowledge and skills emphasized during the course of earlier sessions. These shall cover:

  • Simulation/role play on the negotiation of access to affected populations.
  • Analysis of humanitarian negotiation and protection advocacy success stories.
  • Practical exercise on developing M&E framework for humanitarian negotiation and protection advocacy efforts.
  • Panel discussion with guest speakers from partner humanitarian organizations engaged in humanitarian negotiations.

Program Methodology

The program has been designed as a skills-building workshop. It combines various interactive tools in line with adult learning principles and methodology. Open presentations are complemented by group assignments, case studies, role plays, scenario analysis, and panel discussions.

Host Country Profile

Hosting large numbers of refugees, relief organizations in Jordan heavily rely on humanitarian negotiations to ensure the delivery of aid, protect vulnerable populations, and address the needs of affected communities. The country’s humanitarian community is very large and diverse with various actors operating including UN agencies, NGOs, regional organizations, refugee communities, CSOs, and the Jordanian government. They have accumulated substantial knowledge of humanitarian negotiations and protection advocacy both at national and international levels.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report