Please read carefully the below guidelines before submitting your
session proposal form

CHS Alliance Humanitarian Human Resources Conference 2021 Online from 28 to 30 June 2021

The Humanitarian Human Resources Conferences (HHR) 2021 Online will be an innovative and interactive virtual gathering for a growing global community of HR practitioners, researchers, experts and people leaders collaborating to reflect, learn from each other and develop practical solutions.

HR Professionals operating in the humanitarian aid and development sector, as well as those representing diverse HR academia and HR services/consulting companies, are invited to participate in the conference, where they will be able to share their experiences, research findings, and insights; network and establish partnerships and contribute to the collective knowledge base on how to navigate accountability in HR.

The HHR2021 will offer a limited number of participants led sessions and invites proposals for sessions that embrace localisation; equity, diversity and inclusion; safeguarding and duty of care, organisational culture and leadership.

Online session formats

Oral presentation: Pre-recorded video (optional) + presentation of a specific topic related to the overall theme followed by moderated discussions with a duration of 45 min. The session is structured to enable in-depth exploration of one topic and should have a moderator to steer the discussion with the audience (at least 20 minutes at the end of the session).

Panel session or debate: 45-minute live and moderated discussion with a self-formed group of two-three panellists. In this session type, the speakers each provide a very short introduction on the topic at hand. With the help of the moderator, they then will guide an open discussion. Most of the session’s time is dedicated to an active discussion between the audience and the speakers.

Workshops are action-oriented, hands-on 45 minutes sessions. These sessions could take the form of a demonstration, or a participatory how-to-session. Workshops are intended to train participants and engage participants in practice.

New and interactive session formats are encouraged and highly welcomed.

To make sessions more interactive and have sufficient time for discussions, sessions’ organisers are invited to pre-record their presentations in advance. Attendees can view these pre-recorded sessions on their own time and submit questions before the live session.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before the deadline.

*Businesses/Services Providers wishing to promote products/services to the HHR2021 attendees can decide a special sponsorship package or buy an exhibit booth.

Submission guidelines

Session proposals must be submitted via an online form by or before 30 April 2021 CoB. Proposals will be reviewed by the HHR2021 Conference Chair and its Steering Group. Only proposals submitted through the online portal can be considered.

The HHR conferences are conducted in English, but participants led sessions could be held in different languages.

To ensure broad participation in the HHR2021 International Online Conference, individuals are limited to submitting one session proposal and are limited to the role of EITHER a session moderator OR a speaker. If you are selected as a session moderator, you may NOT submit a proposal to be a speaker on other sessions. We will also give priority to sessions where the moderator and speakers are not all male or female and include perspectives from different countries and contexts.

Each Session Chair and Speaker is expected to take care of all arrangements to participate in the conference. Session Chairs and Speakers are required to join the HHR2021 and register for the conference.

Session review criteria

The selection process will be rigorous with feedback provided to all proposals. Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. We encourage proposals that are original, engaging, significant, of high quality, clear and relevant.

Original: the proposal explores a new idea, project, or issue; discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information. We encourage proposals that offer different perspectives on a topic to promote more constructive critique and debate.

Engaging: presentation format will involve the audience in some way or has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing the needs of the community. Involve a committed and skilled moderator to guide speakers from the conception to the conclusion of the session at the conference.

Significant: the proposal raises and discusses issues important to people management, and its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood

Supported: claims are backed by sufficient data; claims draw upon relevant literature and/or multiple perspectives; and limitations are described honestly (research papers only)

Clear: think of the purpose of your session, define your audience and what they will be getting from your session. Make your session title short and appealing and outline clear outcomes and describe session format in the session proposal form.

Relevant: your session topic is aligned with the HHR2021 theme: “Navigating Accountability in HR”. Include a complete list of speakers even if not all are confirmed at the time of your session submission.

Submit your proposal


For more information, please contact the Conference Chair Gozel Baltaeva at

Important dates

  • 30 March 2021
    Call for Sessions opens
  • 14 May 2021
    Early discount registration closes
  • June 2021
    HHR2021 virtual platform is opened to all registered participants
    Onboarding sessions on HHR2021 virtual platform are planned for all speakers
    Rehearsals and technology checks sessions take place with all speakers
  • 28-30 June 2021
    HHR2021 is live