What are the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at country and regional levels? In the second online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, jointly organized by PHAP and ICVA, guest experts explored the coordination mechanisms available at country level, and some of the existing regional structures.

The session focused on the function of various country-level humanitarian coordination structures and actors, including the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) role, the Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs), and the cluster approach at national and sub-national levels, highlighting the strengths and limitations of these structures.

Participants were provided with recommendations on how NGOs can better engage in these coordination mechanisms, and also had an opportunity to ask questions.


Najat Rochdi Najat Rochdi Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic
Kirk Prichard Kirk Prichard Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.
Paul Knox Clarke Paul Knox Clarke Head of Research, ALNAP
Mohammad Kilani Mohammad Kilani Director of Planning, Coordination and Programs, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO)


Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP
Emmanuelle Osmond Emmanuelle Osmond Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA

Briefing paper

ICVA has prepared an explanatory briefing paper on the discussions during the event. You can access the document in English and in French. The briefing paper will be soon available in also Arabic.

Recordings and follow-up

Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Closed captions available in English

Sous-titré en français

Session recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Session recording (audio podcast)

Introductory whiteboard video

Recommended resources

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was made possible through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of the different coordination mechanisms available at country level
  • Familiarity with key actors at country level, and their main roles
  • Awareness of the opportunities and challenges for NGOs to engage in country-level and regional-level coordination mechanisms
  • Familiarity with sources of information on coordination structures at country and regional levels

Target audience and event access

The event is particularly targeted to those working in international and national NGOs engaged in humanitarian action, who are seeking for a stronger understanding of the various humanitarian coordination mechanisms.

Learning stream on humanitarian coordination

As part of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, this event was the second session of six live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP have organized in the coming months with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at global, regional, and country levels.

PHAP Credentialing Program

PHAP Credentialing Program

Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

This event can help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

In particular, the event addresses segments 3.1 and 3.2 of the certification assessment outline. It also addressed some aspects of segments 1.5, 2.2, and 2.3.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program