Online Course

Welcome to the Online Course

The NNPHL partnership brings together a unique combination of operational, pedagogical, and technical expertise with a deep understanding of the international humanitarian architecture and the NGO community. Since launching in 2016, NNPHL has offered leadership training to mid-career humanitarian professionals working in nearly all of today’s most complex emergencies. Now in its fourth year, NNPHL is excited to offer an online course that explores humanitarian leadership, management and topical issues critical to advancing humanitarian principles and alleviating suffering.

We recognize that it is difficult to access quality online learning that focuses on leadership for humanitarians, therefore NNPHL has developed the NNPHL Online Course, which is publicly available at no cost.

It is our belief that anyone given the right tools can learn to improve their leadership skills. Our unique, self-guided online program is tailored to fit the needs of humanitarians, and is designed to improve humanitarian leadership, management and technical skills.

Course Modules

Designed to improve leadership, management and technical skills required in the field.


Adaptive Leadership for Humanitarians


Theories of Leadership


Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Crises, Reflection I


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


Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Crises, Reflection II


Leadership Theories: Questions & Answers

Meet the Course Instructors

Stemming from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, senior staff working in the humanitarian field, and the Naval War College, NNPHL has assembled a team of experts in the humanitarian sector, specializing in law, diplomacy, public policy, medicine, humanitarian action, and adaptive leadership. Click here to find out more about our team.