Learning Stream on Humanitarian Coordination: OCHA and NGOs in humanitarian coordination
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) aims to achieve greater coherence, complementarity, and efficiency of humanitarian response by mobilizing and coordinating humanitarian actors through different coordination mechanisms. NGOs undertake a vital role in these various structures.
On 14 September, PHAP and ICVA organized the fourth online session of their learning stream on humanitarian coordination, focusing on NGO challenges and opportunities to engage with OCHA in an effective and meaningful way. Participants were provided with an overview of OCHA’s main focus areas, highlighting the opportunities for NGOs to engage with OCHA at country office level in different regions, and exploring lessons already learnt by NGOs.
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Introductory whiteboard video
- Knowledge of OCHA’s mandate and key focus areas
- Familiarity with NGO entry points to engage with OCHA’s coordination mechanisms
- Awareness of the effect of field realities on NGOs’ engagement with OCHA country offices
- Familiarity with sources of information on NGO engagement with OCHA
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. The event is also open to the public.
- OCHA, “Coordination,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- OCHA, "OCHA Global Overview of Coordination Arrangements in 2016," UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Chief, Inter-Cluster Coordination Section, Programme Support Branch, OCHA in Geneva
Head of OCHA in South Sudan
Coordinator of the Syrian NGO Alliance
Disaster Risk Management Program Manager, Plan International Indonesia
Executive Director, PHAP
Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA
PHAP Credentialing Program
Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem
In particular, the event addressed segments 3.1 and 3.2 of the certification assessment outline. It will also address some aspects of segments 1.5, 2.3, and 2.5.
Learning stream on humanitarian coordination
As part of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, this event was the fourth session of six live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP have organized 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.