Learning Stream on Humanitarian Coordination: The humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels

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.

Read the written responses to the follow-up questions by the guest experts

Read the interview with Paul Knox Clarke from ALNAP on the current status of the humanitarian coordination system at the country level.

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Sous-titré en français

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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.

Introductory whiteboard video

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

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.

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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

Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.

Paul Knox Clarke

Head of Research, ALNAP

Mohammad Kilani

Director of Planning, Coordination and Programs, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO)


Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Emmanuelle Osmond

Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA


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 addressed segment 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

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.

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

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

June 22nd, 2017 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM

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