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.
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- 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
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.
- OCHA, “International Coordination Mechanisms,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- Humanitarian Response, “Clusters: Who does what?,” HumanitarianResponse.info
- IASC, “Guidance note on using the cluster approach to strengthen humanitarian response,” Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), 24 November 2006
- ICVA, "NGOs & International Inter-Agency Humanitarian Coordination Architecture," NGO Coordination Resource Centre
- ALNAP's webpage on Humanitarian Leadership and Coordination
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic
Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.
Paul Knox Clarke
Head of Research, ALNAP
Director of Planning, Coordination and Programs, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO)
Executive Director, PHAP
Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA
PHAP Credentialing Program
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.
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.