1. Which organizations are behind NNPHL? What is the mission of NNPHL?
The National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership is a consortium led by Concern Worldwide US. Concern’s partners in the consortium are International Medical Corps and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The program, funded by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, brings together a unique combination of operational, pedagogical, and technical expertise with a deep understanding of the international humanitarian architecture and the NGO community. Together, the consortium has operations in 51 countries covering practically every major humanitarian context.
NNPHL is committed to preparing the next generation of humanitarian leaders for today’s global challenges. Our mission is to provide dynamic and relevant training opportunities that help learners build their skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities in humanitarian organizations in order to improve the delivery of services to those in need of humanitarian assistance.
NNPHL offers two leadership development courses. One is the NNPHL Online Course, that provides an introduction to leadership approaches. The second is the NNPHL Leadership Training, a rigorous, innovative blended learning leadership training program for national and local humanitarian professionals.
2. If I participate in NNPHL, what will I learn and gain practical experience in?
The NNPHL curriculum will focus on three key leadership capacities that NNPHL has identified as critical to successful humanitarian programming: self-awareness, motivation and influence, and critical thinking.
All participants will engage in a blended learning program, which will include in-person and online, distance learning. The experiential learning component will include one required NNPHL Final Assignment that has to be completed by the end of the program, as well as ongoing learning that takes place online through a Community of Practice. Distance learning will provide additional content on subjects while online forums will replicate the open conversation that would occur in a classroom and provide an environment for discussing questions and comments on the materials and collectively brainstorming solutions to challenges faced in the field.
3. Once I complete the NNPHL Leadership Training, what official qualification will I have gained?
All participants who complete this blended learning course will receive a NNPHL Certificate of Participation. By the completion of the program, participants will have gained key competencies around self-awareness, motivating and influencing others, adaptive leadership, and critical judgment. NNPHL participants will also learn operational planning, decision-making, and risk management skills that will help them to become efficient leaders in humanitarian response.
4. How are the participants for the NNPHL Leadership Training chosen?
NNPHL will assess applications based on the information provided on the application form, the letter of reference and the resume of each applicant. In addition, when selecting the final cohort, NNPHL aims for gender balance and regional representation. All applicants will receive an email notifying them when their application has been received. Because of the volume of the applications anticipated, only those candidates who have been shortlisted, will be notified that they have moved on in the application process. If, for any reason, a short-listed candidate must withdraw his/her application, then another applicant will be shortlisted and notified accordingly.
5. What is the time commitment for the NNPHL Leadership Training?
NNPHL is a blended learning program, which requires attendance to the in-person training as well as a time commitment to the distance learning component. Successful applicants for NNPHL will be required to:
• Travel to the designated location for the in-person training course for approximately five/six days during the scheduled dates.
• Complete course pre-requisites and participate actively in all distance learning activities, tentatively scheduled for a five-month period. We expect an average time commitment of 2 hours each week. Please note that participants who do not engage in the distance learning environment will not be invited to the in-person course and will not be able to continue with the program.
• Participate in a coaching program; each participant will be assigned a coach who will provide coaching sessions for approximately four months. We expect an average time commitment of 1-2 hours each month.
• Complete the NNPHL Final Assignment. The time commitment for the assignment will vary from participant-to-participant as it is based on his or her self-selected assignments.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the NNPHL is currently operating entirely as a distance learning program. The course curriculum remains the same, but the in-person training has been temporarily replaced with a remote training.
6. What languages do I have to be able to speak in order to be considered for NNPHL?
You must be able to speak, read, and write English to be considered as it is the language of instruction for the course.
7. Will my participation and performance in NNPHL be evaluated?
Yes, we will be asking you how in your everyday work you are using the training you received from the NNPHL course.
Completion of the NNPHL coursework, surveys and final assignment, as well as active engagement in the coaching program and online, distance learning components will be required in order to receive a NNPHL Certificate of Completion.
8. How does NNPHL define mid-level professionals working in the non-government humanitarian sector?
With a focus on strengthening the leadership capacity of national staff, NNPHL is designed for national staff who are working with local, national non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations. The program is not designed for senior-level staff, nor for entry level staff, but rather for mid-level humanitarians who aspire to take on decision-making and management responsibilities in the humanitarian sector. While NNPHL does not limit acceptance to years of experience, generally NNPHL views mid-level professionals as having four to ten years of experience in the humanitarian and/or development sector.
Please note that NNPHL does not accept applications from full-time students or volunteers. However, all are welcome to complete the no-cost NNPHL Online Course.
9. What is the role of the NNPHL Coach?
Each NNPHL participant has the option to be matched with a coach. The aim of the coaching program is to help build the leadership capacity and leadership management practices of the NNPHL participants. The NNPHL team wants to ensure that as much as possible is gained from the NNPHL training, and to assist the participant in putting the training to good use. Specifically, the NNPHL coaching program is designed to foster a relationship with a senior humanitarian professional and provide an opportunity for the NNPHL cohort to:
• Learn from an experienced humanitarian leader, and receive guidance, support and advice on the challenges that they face in their work, and as they develop their leadership skills.
• Support the NNPHL participant as they work on their NNPHL Assignment.
10. What is the NNPHL Final Assignment?
Each participant is expected to complete an individual assignment in order to finish the program. The nature of this requirement is to ensure that participants have an opportunity to share what they have learned and to put their skills into practice within their organization. Participants will choose which assignments they complete so that each task complements the work they are already doing.
NNPHL Online Course
11. Are there other course options offered by NNPHL other than the NNPHL Leadership Training?
Yes, NNPHL has developed an open-access, publicly available online course—the NNPHL Online Course. This distance learning course will be open to anyone regardless of one’s experience, professional level or engagement with NNPHL (e.g., previous NNPHL applicants, and NNPHL alumni are able to take the e-learning course). Register now at www.nnphl.org.
12. Is the NNPHL Online Course free?
Yes, the NNPHL Online Course is an open access course and is free of charge.
13. Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the NNPHL Online Course?
E-certificates are now available to all who have completed the online course. They can be obtained by logging in to your nnphl.org account and click the icon “My Course” at the top of the webpage. You will be directed to another page, where you will scroll down to “Your Courses.” Under the check mark you will see the language, “You have completed the course. Click here to download your certificate.” Hover over “here” and click. Then you will be redirected to a new webpage with your Certificate of Completion, which can be downloaded directly to your computer.
14. Is the NNPHL Online Course the same as the NNPHL Leadership Training course?
No, the NNPHL Online Course is a separate course for anyone interested in humanitarian leadership. In addition to the NNPHL Online Course, NNPHL offers intensive blended learning programs for full time national and local humanitarian practitioners working in the humanitarian sector. Please see the NNPHL webpage for more information.
15. Will the NNPHL Online Course be offered in other languages?
At the moment we only offer the course in English, but we are exploring ways to offer the course in other languages in the future.
16. Does NNPHL offer field placements?
We are no longer offering field placements with Concern Worldwide or International Medical Corps.
17. Do you have any information about other training opportunities for humanitarians?
If you are interested in learning more about other training opportunities, please click here for a reference list highlighting a range of training opportunities for humanitarian and development professionals. This list is not exhaustive and is only meant to provide a sampling of some other online and in-person courses available. Any questions about these training programs should be directed to the programs themselves, not NNPHL. NNPHL is not affiliated with the programs listed and has only provided this list as a sample of other training resources publicly available at the time of posting.
On the NNPHL Leadership Training application there is a question that you must answer regarding the region where you are currently working. The regions are as follows, as primarily designated by the United Nations Statistics Division:
North Africa and the Middle East (Western Asia)
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
State of Palestine
Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates
West and Southern Africa
East and Central Africa
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
French Southern Territories
Sao Tome and Principe
United Republic of Tanzania
Latin America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
British Virgin Islands
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Martin (French Part)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States Virgin Islands
Eastern and Southern Asia
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Republic of Korea
South Eastern Asia and Oceania
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Europe and Central Asia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Isle of Man
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The United Kingdom
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
United States of America
For all other questions, please email [email protected]. Thank you!