Interactive Online Training in Negotiation Skills for Humanitarian Aid Workers - Clingendael Institute

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The ability to effectively negotiate in stressful circumstances is a skill which is essential to every humanitarian worker: from the field-based aid worker negotiating access on the frontline to the manager in headquarters talking to donors and governments.


The Clingendael humanitarian negotiation training aims to enhance the negotiating capacity of humanitarian workers.

Training approach

Since 2017, Clingendael Academy has trained over 600 humanitarian workers of 30+ (I)NGOs and UN agencies in essential negotiation skills.

Our interactive online training introduces negotiation theory to help you in your practice. Through online modules and specially designed simulations and role plays, you can immediately apply the new acquired tools and insights. This five day training is a mix of online self-paced modules and live sessions. There is space for debriefing and learning from each other’s experience.

In order to enhance the learning experience, we strongly encourage you to register together with a colleague from the same office or location. This way you can do some simulations in real life instead of through a digital platform. This makes participation easier, and makes it more fun for you! Please note that you are your training buddy will both have to register for the training individually!

Practical information

  • You will need a stable and good quality internet connection throughout the entire training

  • This is an interactive online training; some parts are self-paced, other parts are live with the trainers and with the other participants

  • The training takes places from 15-19 June 2020.

  • This is a digital training, with daily online sessions, which will most likely take place sometime between 11:00 and 15:00 EEST, daily. However, you will need time to do homework before and after the session. Therefore, you cannot combine this training with a regular working week.

  • You need to be available for the entire training and all training components are mandatory.

  • The working language is English

  • Given the highly interactive nature of the Clingendael training method, the maximum number of participants per training is 20.

  • If you have participated throughout the entire training, you will receive a certificate.

  • There are no costs related to this training

We encourage participants who are in the same time zone as the training (the Eastern European Summer Time) to apply, but this is not a requirement.


For questions regarding this training, kindly contact Ms Nura Jaafar, ( Academy Fellow, Clingendael Academy.

Fee information:

There are no fees for participation in this training.

How to register

You can apply for this training via this link:

The closing date for applications is 4 June. Selected candidates will be contacted after that date.