Why Leadership Training?
New conflicts, advances in technology, the increasing severity of natural disasters, and international migration and displacement patterns are just a few of the major global trends that have transformed the international humanitarian field in recent years. Each year, millions of people are left in desperate need of immediate life-saving aid, protection, and assistance. States, the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and militaries, all play a role in relief and recovery from major international crises.
These organizations and the individuals that work for them possess an array of technical skills and knowledge required to effectively meet the needs of affected populations, and they must do so in complex environments where accessing populations may be challenging. Once populations have been accessed, humanitarian agencies must reliably identify population needs, coordinate amongst themselves to avoid gaps in service or duplication of effort, must behave in ways that respect the local population’s dignity and livelihoods, adhere to the affected State’s laws, and respect the missions of their fellow aid agencies.
Humanitarians must take into account the practical realities that can mean the difference between success and failure during a response. This field requires vision and strong leadership, yet few humanitarians are actually trained to lead, and few humanitarian agencies incorporate leadership training programs into their training models.
Over the years, the NNPHL partners have seen firsthand the need for improved leadership, as well as the potential for leadership training programs to strengthen the leadership capacity of humanitarians.
Currently, our NNPHL blended learning course is designed to provide leadership training opportunities to humanitarian professionals working at national level NGOs. The training program is a 5-month long innovative blended learning model that is regionally based and requires an application process. You can learn more about the NNPHL blended learning course on our webpage.
Notably, NNPHL is working to ensure that leadership development opportunities are available for a wide range of humanitarians and those interested in humanitarian action, not just those who are able to attend the NNPHL blended learning course.
Therefore, we have developed the NNPHL Online Course, which is an open-access, e-learning version of our NNPHL training that touches on many of the same topics we discuss in the NNPHL blended learning course. The following topics are discussed in the NNPHL Online Course:
- Adaptive Leadership for Humanitarians
- Theories of Leadership
- Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Crises
- Introduction to Gender and Humanitarian Action
- Monitoring and Evaluation and the Growth of Humanitarian Response
- Planning and Risk Management in Humanitarian Response
- Challenges in Humanitarian Security
- Gender Leadership in Humanitarian Action