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ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective

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ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective...
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Established in 1962 by a small coalition of refugee and migration focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ICVA has grown into...
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The vision of ICVA is a world in which crises-affected populations are effectively protected, assisted, and enabled to rebuild their lives and livelihoods with dignity.


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Vacancy Notice
6 June, 2022
ICVA Policy Officer, Humanitarian Finance
Subject / humanitarian financing / Financing / Risk /

The Policy Officer, Humanitarian Finance reports to the Head of Humanitarian Finance and will be expected to cover a broad range of topics in the humanitarian finance space. S/He will support the delivery of high-quality products that help ICVA maintain its leading role in humanitarian policy and advocacy work. ICVA Humanitarian Finance is focused on three strategic objectives for 2022 to 2024:

  • Building strategic partnerships with a focus on reducing administrative burdens on frontline responders.
  • Improving access to quality funding as a foundation for humanitarian finance.
  • Supporting NGOs to better understand, develop, and apply risk management systems.

Location: Geneva preferred, other ICVA hub possible +/- 2 hours of CET

Contract: Permanent

Starting Date: July-August 2022

Deadline of application: 5 July 2022

Vacancy Notice
7 June, 2022
Terms of Reference- Training Consultancy
Subject / Localization / Africa region / Asia region / Middle East and North Africa region /

ICVA aims to expand its engagement and support to Women led organisations in MENA, Asia and Africa regions and to support the participants’ effective engagement at the humanitarian coordination platform at the global, regional and in-country levels. The consultant will develop and deliver three Women’s Humanitarian Leadership Training programmes for local and national women-led NGOs (WLO) and local CSOs in the above three regions, with a key focus on strengthening leadership, collective advocacy, donor and partner engagement and policy influence, and other related subjects tailored to the participants needs and expectations.

Location: Home Based and travel to where the training events will be held in three selected countries in MENA, Africa and Asia regions

Starting date: September 2022

Application deadline:  27 June 2022

Annual Report
5 May, 2022
ICVA Annual Report 2021
Subject / ICVA /
2021 ICVA Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report mirrors the strength that ICVA and its members gain from our solidarity and common values. Explore our learnings from a year of coordination, cooperation and collaboration in humanitarian action.



Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
17 March, 2022
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
Subject / Learning / Cross-cutting issues /

This learning stream provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating action and increasing environmental sustainability. The series focuses on practical ways of applying the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice.

Topics covered in this webinar series include:

  • The Road to COP27: Why should humanitarian NGOs engage?
  • Understanding and Integrating Climate and Environment Risk Data in Humanitarian Action
  • Embracing the leadership of local actors and communities in community action
  • Practical tools and initiatives for reducing environmental impact in humanitarian action
  • Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
  • Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises
  • The Climate and Environment Charter for humanitarian organisations

Next Events

ICVA 60 Years Commemoration
22 February, 2022
ICVA 60 Years Commemoration
Subject / Africa region / Middle East and North Africa region / Asia region / Latin America / ICVA /
Years Commemoration

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) was established in 1962 as the successor organisation of the Conference on Non-Governmental Organizations interested in Migration, the Standing Conference for Voluntary Agencies Working for Refugees, and the International Committee for World Refugee Year. This year, ICVA will be commemorating its 60th anniversary on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 on-line and in Geneva and on separate dates in the regions.

For 60 years we have remained committed to our mission of making humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice. The External Impact Study concludes that ICVA has had significant impact whether viewing the work through the lens of the Focus Areas, the defined ways of working,  the documented added value of ICVA or the collective achievements of the ICVA members, the ICVA board and the ICVA Secretariat team. The commemoration will be an opportunity to reflect on our past, present and future as well as re-enforce the ICVA 2030 ambitions.


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