Deadline: 8 February 2019

Concern is seeking applications for the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) which is designed for exemplary, mid-level career humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings.

NNPHL has a commitment to maintaining a gender balance for each iteration of the course and ensuring that women have improved access to leadership training. For that reason, they especially encourage women humanitarian professionals to apply for the program.

Concern helps the world’s extreme poor and most vulnerable recover from disaster, fight malnutrition and deadly diseases, strengthen their resilience to climate extremes, and more.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All participants of NNPHL will meet a standard set of minimum requirements:
    • Must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing leadership roles in the humanitarian sector
    • Must be able to speak, read, and write English with proficiency
    • Must have a Bachelor’s degree or a comparable academic or professional qualification
    • Must be available to participate in the course (including the in-person training, distance learning and experiential learning highlighted above)
    • Must have the permission of applicant’s employer to participate in all aspects of the program
    • Must have reached a mid-level position in a non-governmental or community-based organization
    • Experience in at least one or more humanitarian emergency situations
    • Must aspire to take on leadership roles in and have a commitment to the humanitarian sector
    • Must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the in-person training course
    • Must not be enrolled or actively participating in a Master’s Degree program of PhD program during the time of the training course

Please note that expatriate staff is not eligible for NNPHL blended learning courses, nor are professionals working at UN agencies or government-affiliated organizations. However, the forthcoming NNPHL E-Learning Course will be available to everyone at no cost.

Other Selection Criteria

  • With a focus on strengthening the leadership capacity of national-level staff, NNPHL will prioritize candidates working with national NGOs and community-based organizations. A limited number of spots will be available for national staff working at international NGOs.
  • For each regional workshop, NNPHL will prioritize applicants from the corresponding region. Please read the Eligibility Requirements above and ensure that you meet the criteria before applying.
  • Please note that expatriate staff is not eligible for NNPHL blended learning courses, nor are professionals working at UN agencies or government-affiliated organizations. However, the forthcoming NNPHL E-Learning Course will be available to everyone at no cost.
  • NNPHL has a commitment to maintaining a gender balance for each iteration of the course and ensuring that women have improved access to leadership training. For that reason, we especially encourage women humanitarian professionals to apply for the program.

Applications for the NNPHL.6 Africa course is now open! Click below to apply. Applications received after February 8, 2019, will not be accepted.

The online application does not allow you to save your work and return to the application at a later time. Partial applications will not be considered so make sure you answer every question. We recommend that you copy the short-answer essay questions below and save them on a Word document. When you are ready to submit your application, copy and paste your answers to the online application.

Two supporting documents are required and must be submitted at the time of application: 1) a resume, and 2) a letter of reference from your current or most recent manager highlighting your suitability to participate in NNPHL.

NNPHL is a blended learning program, which requires an in-person as well as a remote time commitment. 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 participates actively in all distance learning activities, tentatively scheduled for a five-month period.
  • The program expects an average time commitment of 1-2 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. It expects an average time commitment of 1-2 hours each month.
  • Complete the NNPHL Assignments. The time commitment for the two individual assignments will vary from participant-to-participant as it is based on his or her self-selected assignments.

The NNPHL curriculum will focus on three key areas that have been identified as critical to successful humanitarian programming: Leadership, Coordination, and Strategic Vision. The Leadership component will focus on individual competencies, such as strengthening decision-making abilities in emergency settings or negotiating during conflict.

The Coordination component will cover why coordination matters to humanitarian response as well as how to participate in and strengthen existing networks, and will emphasize the importance of operational leadership in the field.

The Strategic Vision component will focus on one’s capacity to develop and effectively articulate a clear strategic vision that is linked to concrete objectives.

All participants will engage in a blended learning program, which will include in-person and online, distance learning. The experiential learning component will include two required NNPHL Assignments that have to be completed by the end of the program, as well as ongoing learning that takes place online through a Community of Practice.

Potential assignments could include in-country learning experiences, such as attendance at cluster meetings to gain an understanding of coordination mechanisms, or exploration of feedback mechanisms in place for affected populations used to inform program design.

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.

NNPHL is managed by a consortium led by Concern Worldwide. Concern’s partners in the consortium are International Medical Corps and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with technical support from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program, funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, brings together a unique combination of operational, pedagogical, and technical expertise with a deep understanding of the international humanitarian architecture and the NGO community. Together, the consortium has operations in over 43 countries covering practically every major humanitarian context.

How to Apply

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