Program on Humanitarian Leadership

Deadline: 19 December 2016
Open to: humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community based organizations in humanitarian settings
Costs: PHL covers all costs associated with the in person training


Concern Worldwide, in consortium with International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and with technical support from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed the Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL). The program, funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, utilizes innovative pedagogies to combine a rigorous academic curriculum with practical experiential learning including mentorship, field assignments and a limited number of field placements.

PHL is designed for exceptional humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings. The ideal participant will aspire to take on decision-making and management responsibilities in the humanitarian sector.
By the end of this learning process, PHL participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on leadership responsibilities within a variety of humanitarian organizations, ultimately improving the delivery of services to those in need of humanitarian assistance.


  • A demonstrated interest in pursuing a leadership role in humanitarian sector;
  • The ability to speak, read, and write English with proficiency;
  • A Bachelors degree or a comparable academic or professional qualification;
  • 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;


  • PHL covers all costs associated with the in-person training (i.e., course fees, round trip flight to Kenya, accommodation, and meals during the in-person training only);
  • Please note that any incidental costs are the sole responsibility of the PHL participant (i.e, visa fees, telephone usage, additional food expenses, etc) and PHL does not provide per diem.

How to Apply?

Two supporting documents are required and must be submitted at the time of application through the online application:

  • A resume;
  • A letter of reference from your current or most recent manager highlighting your suitability to participate in PHL.

If you are not able to apply through the online application, please contact [email protected].

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