On 13 July 2017,  the Humanitarian Leadership Academy signed a Collaboration Centre agreement with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) in Amman, Jordan.

The agreement signature ceremony, which took place at JHCO’s offices, was attended by Saba Al Mubaslat, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer and HE. Mr. Ayman Al Mufleh, Secretary General of JHCO, as well as team members from both organisations.

HE. Mr. Ayman Al Mufleh, Secretary General of JHCO (left) and Ms. Saba Al Mubaslat, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer (right).


The aim of the Collaboration Centre is to move forward in the Academy’s aim to address the recommendations of a learning needs assessment conducted earlier by the International NGO Training and NGO Centre (INTRAC).  The key findings of this assessment include the need to focus on local capacity-building in crises-affected regions, and work in a context-specific manner to expand the reach of the humanitarian system and improve existing humanitarian service provision.  The Collaboration Centre shall also address the recommendations from a second Syria-focused learning needs assessment.   The results of the latter assessment are due to be released at the end of July 2017.

On her end, Ms. Al Mubaslat expressed:

“We are extremely pleased to partner with such a strategic uniquely positioned organisation in Jordan – JHCO – to further help humanitarians, volunteers, and communities across the region better prepare and respond to crises in their own countries.”


From left to right: Ms. Esther Grieder (the Academy) Mr. Alex Farrington (the Academy), HE. Mr. Ayman Al Mufleh (JHCO), Ms. Saba Al Mubaslat (the Academy), Ms. Rima Soueidan (the Academy), Ms. Maryam Khalaf (JHCO), Mr. Mohammad N. Kilani (JHCO), and Ms. Arwa Abu Hudeib (JHCO).


The Collaboration Centre shall focus on 4 major streams:

  • Supporting the development of a pool of Arabic-speaking expert trainers, mentors, and coaches in the humanitarian sector;


  • Provision of capacity-building programmes for local and community based organisations in the country and beyond;


  • Creating or supporting existing communities or practice for learning professionals and providers from the region, both online and offline;


  • Supporting the Academy’s work to increase the quantity and quality of learning packages available through the digital platform Kaya, including contextualisation for audiences in the Middle East.

“This partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy provides an invaluable opportunity for both organisations to provide Training of Trainers for humanitarians in order to strengthen their capacities in Arabic which is pivotal; as we plan to conduct our first training in October 2017” HE. Mr. Al Mufleh concluded at the end of the agreement signature ceremony.


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