National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership

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, offers 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.

Since the program began, NNPHL has received more than 3,800 applications and trained 154 humanitarian professionals from 48 countries through the NNPHL Leadership Training, a blended training program for national and local humanitarian practitioners that utilizes innovative pedagogies to combine a rigorous academic curriculum with practical experiential learning including coaching and individual assignments. Now with additional funding from OFDA, NNPHL has launched the NNPHL Online Course, an innovative e-learning course that offers leadership training to humanitarians and all those passionate about humanitarian action. The NNPHL Online Course is open to all at no cost and marks the latest initiative by the NNPHL consortia.

As a consortium of operational NGOs and an academic initiative, we have combined our areas of expertise to develop tailored leadership courses and trainings for humanitarians and those interested in humanitarian action. NNPHL’s diverse set of instructors provides a unique look into the world of humanitarian leadership through two leadership development courses.

One is an innovative, blended-learning program for national and local humanitarian professionals called the NNPHL Leadership Training. The second is an open-access, e-learning course—the NNPHL Online Course—which introduces leadership approaches and explores other challenges faced in humanitarian and disaster settings. Learn more about this no-cost online course here.

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