Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.