NOHA Advanced Training in Humanitarian Mediation 2017 / Brussels

How to prevent and decrease tensions between host and displaced communities in conflict context? How to reduce violence against civilians, prevent forced displacements and facilitate returns? How to engage with communities and armed groups to increase acceptance and access and high risks areas? How to facilitate inclusive dialogue processes to promote a greater participation of communities in project design, planning and implementation? How to foster accountability; promote constructive dialogue between international actors and communities when disagreements arise?

The aim of the Humanitarian Mediation course is to provide humanitarian aid workers working in conflict context with practical knowledge, tools and skills to design, plan and conduct mediation and dialogue facilitation processes aiming at:

  • Preventing or mitigating episodes of violence,
  • Preventing forced displacement and facilitating returns,
  • Improving acceptance and humanitarian access,
  • Enhancing respect for affected population’s basic rights.

The processes presented during the training will also be useful for personnel involved in protection mainstreaming activities such as:

  • Participation and Community-based approaches,
  • Communication with beneficiaries and Community Engagement,
  • Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) processes,
  • Do No Harm.

Participants to previous sessions of the course reported that it is also very useful in their daily management of tensions arising between colleagues at work, or at home within family as well in their overall social life.

While tools and approaches covered in the training may efficiently contribute to longer-term social cohesion, stability and inclusive governance processes in divided communities, this proposed training is not a peace-building training. It does not cover political mediation processes but rather focuses on community based pro-active protection approaches in conflict contexts.

Training facilitator:
Jérôme Grimaud (NRC, ICRC, Danish Red Cross and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)

Course summary

Mode of delivery

  • The training draws on principles of adult education. It is mostly experiential and based on peer learning with a focus on the development of skills and aptitudes,
  • 70% of the training is practical and participative and involves skill-based exercises and role plays.

Course length

  • 5 days (40 hours),
  • Follow up of the training, such as on the job coaching and mentoring and Training of trainers will be available on demand.

December 18 –December 22, 2017 (5 days), Brussels, Belgium

Award received
NOHA Certificate

The course is designed for humanitarian aid workers with over 5 years of experience involved in the following activities and programmes:

  • Protection,
  • Participatory approaches and Community development,
  • Communication with beneficiaries, accountability and AAP,
  • Social cohesion, community based protection, stabilization and peace building.

Civil personnel for the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) involved in protection of civilians and civil affairs are also encouraged to apply.

Language of delivery

More information.

How to apply

Candidates should fill in the registration form. Upon registration candidates should also upload their CV.

  • Maximum 24 participants.
  • Prospective students are responsible for their visa arrangements and all their expenses for attending the training (e.g. travel and accommodation).

Key dates
Pre-registration until 20 October
Selected applicants will be notified by email by 31 October
Final payment deadline: 20 November
Registrations will become effective only after payment of the course fee.

Course Fee
Course fee (inclusive of all course materials): 700€. A limited number of grants (50% of the fee) are available upon motivated request. Details on the payment procedure are available under NOHA Terms & Conditions (#4).

The fee will be fully reimbursed for valid reasons if requested before 30 November (a 50% cancellation fee will be retained from 1 December onwards)

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.