Mid-level career humanitarian workers can apply for 2017 PHL Training Course

The Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL), an innovative training and professional development initiative for humanitarian professionals designed by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is now accepting applications for the 2017 PHL Training Course from exemplary, mid-level career humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings. PHL will also consider graduate students who have worked previously in the humanitarian sector and have experience in at least one or more humanitarian emergency situations.

The PHL curriculum will focus on three key areas that have been identified as critical to successful humanitarian programming: Leadership, Coordination, and Strategic Vision.

The program starts in March 2017 (all date to be confirmed) with background reading and online e-learning modules, then in May participants will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, for a one-week, in-person leadership training course (course fees, round-trip flight to Kenya, accommodation, and meals during the in-person training only will be covered by PHL).

Following this course, participants will either return to their organisation or be placed with Concern Worldwide or International Medical Corps for continued learning.  All participants will be assigned a mentor and will work on individualized projects to finish out the program. For those participants engaged in field placements with International Medical Corps or Concern, these field placement costs (i.e., round-trip flight, stipend, lodging and meals as applicable) will be covered by PHL.

By the end of this learning process, PHL participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities in 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 optimise current humanitarian programming and strategic vision
  • Contribute to building a network of humanitarian leaders and promote the development of a community of practice

PHL participants who complete the course and met the program requirements will receive a PHL Certificate.

All participants of PHL must meet a standard set of minimum requirements, including:

  • A demonstrated interest in pursuing a leadership role in the humanitarian sector
  • The ability to speak, read and write English with proficiency
  • A Bachelors degree or a comparable academic or professional qualification
  • Availability to participate in the course (including the in-person training, distance learning and experiential learning highlighted above)
  • Permission of either your employer (for professionals) or academic supervisor (for graduate students) to participate in all aspects of the program
  • Attainment of a mid-level position in a non-governmental or community-based organization
  • Experience in at least one or more humanitarian emergency situations
  • Aspiration to take on leadership roles in and have a commitment to the humanitarian sector
  • A passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the May in-person training course

How to apply: fill in the form and add two supporting documents (1. a resume, 2. a letter of reference from your current or most recent manager highlighting your suitability to participate in PHL) by December, 19th, 2016. Applications submitted on or after December, 20th, 2016, will not be accepted. Pay attention that the online application does not allow to save work and return to the application at a later time.

The PHL program, which receives support from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is managed by Concern Worldwide and its partners, International Medical Corps and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with technical support from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.