Leadership Training

What is the NNPHL Leadership Training?

NNPHL’s intensive leadership training program is a rigorous, innovative blended-learning leadership training for humanitarian professionals. The training is designed for exceptional humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings. The ideal participant will aspire to take on decision-making and management responsibilities in the humanitarian sector.

By the end of this learning process, NNPHL participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities within a variety of humanitarian organizations, ultimately improving the delivery of services to those in need of humanitarian assistance.

Since the program began in 2016, NNPHL has received more than 3,800 applications and trained 154 humanitarian professionals from more than 48 countries.


This didactic portion of the course will provide participants with a curriculum designed to introduce leadership frameworks, develop competencies in core elements of humanitarian programming, and sensitize participants to the approaches to understanding their operating environments.

The five or six day, in-person course, which is subject to change, will focus on:

  • Introduction to the Adaptive Leadership Framework
  • Application of the Adaptive Leadership Framework in practice
  • Understanding the field environment and local populations
  • Developing a strategic vision, effective communications, and negotiation
  • Management and team building, problem solving and conflict management
  • Introduction to resilience strengthening and psychological preparedness for leaders

E-learning modules will be offered before and after the in-person course. In keeping with the in-person course, the distance learning component aims to strengthen leadership skills to improve decision-making and coordination, and increase knowledge to optimize current humanitarian programming. NNPHL combines leading-edge curricula from both world-class instructors and seasoned humanitarian practitioners to offer participants an educational experience that seamlessly combines theory and practice.

A mix of coaching and individual assignments, provides NNPHL participants an opportunity to develop and apply what they have learned in the classroom to their work in the field.

Assignments: During a two-month period after the in-person training, all participants will be asked to complete an individual assignment. The NNPHL assignment is a requirement of the program to ensure that participants have an opportunity to put their learning into practice within their organization. The final assignment is to organize a small-scale leadership training or presentation for the participants’ organization or professional peer network.

Coaching: During the experiential learning component, all NNPHL participants will receive support and guidance from a coach through coaching sessions. The goal of the coaching program is to help build the leadership skills of the NNPHL participants and help cultivate important relationships within the humanitarian community. NNPHL coaches can also provide practical advice with challenges encountered during the completion of the NNPHL Assignments.

NNPHL expects that participants will continue their participation in this online Community of Practice after the program has concluded in order to cultivate a network of humanitarian leaders. NNPHL will continue to provide an online platform for the NNPHL alumni to sustain this community of practice.

By the end of this learning process, NNPHL participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities within a variety of humanitarian organizations, ultimately improving the delivery of services to those in need of humanitarian assistance. The overall learning objectives are to:

  • Strengthen leadership skills to improve decision-making and coordination
  • Increase knowledge to optimize current humanitarian programming and strategic vision
  • Contribute to building a network of humanitarian leaders and promote the development of a community of practice
  • NNPHL participants who complete the course and met the program requirements will receive an NNPHL Certificate of Completion.

Costs required to participate in the regionally-based, NNPHL leadership training courses (i.e., course fees, visa fee, round-trip flight to the in-person training location, accommodation and meals during the in-person training only) will be covered by NNPHL.

Please note that any incidental costs are the sole responsibility of the NNPHL participant (i.e. telephone usage, additional food expense, etc.), and NNPHL does not provide a per diem.

NNPHL has developed an open-access, publicly available online course — the NNPHL Online Course. This distance learning course is 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). No application is required for the NNPHL Online Course. The online course is available at no cost.

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How Do I Apply?

The NNPHL Call for Applications will open on a rolling basis. The next NNPHL Leadership Training will be announced in November 2019. Please visit the NNPHL Application page to learn more about the applications process.

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