Call for experts: Help develop certifications in MEAL, Needs Assessment, and Cash Transfer Programming

Following an intensive review and consultation process, the PHAP Credentialing Program is happy to announce the finalization of the competency outlines for the new certifications in MEAL, Needs Assessment, and cash transfer programming. This lays the groundwork for the next phase of work, which will focus on the development of certification assessments in these three areas.

Over the past five months, the certification development process has drawn on the expertise of three groups of dedicated subject matter experts in MEAL, humanitarian needs assessment, and cash transfer programming, as well as the input of hundreds of practitioners in the wider humanitarian and development communities. The resulting outlines are verified sets of competencies that practitioners find essential for everyone with responsibilities in these competency areas.

Download the certification competency outlines

We are now looking for additional experts and experienced practitioners who are willing to contribute to the development of the certification assessments and help build certifications that are trusted and based in practice. Contributing to the assessment development process requires a minimum time commitment of only two hours and is open to all practitioners in the humanitarian and development sectors.

For further information and to indicate your interest, please contact Mariska De Keersmaecker, Credentialing Program Coordinator, at 


The PHAP Credentialing Program is made possible through the Collaboration Centre for Recognition of Humanitarian Skills, Experience and Learning, a joint initiative of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, CHS Alliance, and PHAP working to develop solutions that strengthen competency-based approaches in the humanitarian sector at the individual and organizational level. Read more at


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