A Bridge Between Humanitarian Actors

Focus areas

Coordination

ICVA works to strengthen the collective ability of NGOs to actively engage in and influence coordination mechanisms to ensure they are inclusive, contextualised and provide effective assistance and protection to those affected by crises.

 

Coordination Working Groups...

Member working groups provide a platform for members to exchange information and to identify opportunities for collective advocacy....
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Members Working Together

Member working groups provide a platform for members to exchange information and to identify opportunities for collective advocacy.

We encourage members’ active involvement in the these working groups.

Please contact the staff members leading the group if you are interested in participating.

Humanitarian Coordination Working Group

Stay updated and engaged in issues linked to humanitarian coordination and  in-country humanitarian operations.

For more information and to join the group contact Jeremy.Wellard@icvanetwork.org

ICVA IASC Working Group

Stay updated and engaged in IASC (Inter Agency Standing Committee) mechanisms.

For more information and to join the group contact  Mirela.shuteriqi@icvanetwork.org

COVID Vaccine working group

This member working group looks at strengthening advocacy for equitable access to vaccines in humanitarian contexts, and to support delivery and monitoring of vaccinations to NGO staff and vulnerable populations in humanitarian settings.

For more information and to join the group contact Eileen.morrow@icvanetwork.org

Mr Jeremy Wellard
Head of Humanitarian Coordination
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Building on his background in coordination, community engagement and network development, Jeremy is a strong advocate for NGOs in interagency coordination, policy and advocacy mechanisms. He previously served as ICVA’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, and worked in partnerships for UNOCHA, following 15 years working in development for government, NGO and private sectors across Asia-Pacific region and in his home country of Australia. Jeremy previously led ICVA’s policy work on the localization of humanitarian action including authoring several papers on this topic. He holds a master’s degree in International Development Studies and a degree in Behavioural Science.

Ms Eileen Morrow
Senior Policy Officer Humanitarian Coordination
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Eileen Morrow has joined ICVA as the new Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer and will support the Humanitarian Coordination team, with a strong focus on COVID-19 vaccination. Prior to this she was funded by ICVA as the Ethiopia Humanitarian INGO Forum Director. She has worked as Country Director for Concern Worldwide in Ethiopia and Nepal and has a wealth of experience leading and coordinating humanitarian response with NGO and INGO partners in contexts as diverse as Kenya, India, Uganda, Tanzania and Haiti.

She holds a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University College Dublin. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Influence Inter-agency Coordination Mechanisms...

As a "standing invitee" to the IASC, ICVA actively engages in the various IASC bodies....
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Engaging in the IASC Mechanisms

ICVA contributes to the global humanitarian coordination discussions through our participation as  a “standing invitee” in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

We connect our members and NGO fora partners with the various IASC processes, encouraging members to feed into the discussions that are ongoing at the global level. Members  provide a feedback loop with the reality of what is actually happening in the various operational settings to the broad policy level thinking at the global level.

ICVA members have increased access to IASC information and policy developments through the ICVA working groups, and provide feedback on a range of IASC interim guidance notes.

ICVA and its members participate in the following IASC bodies:

  • IASC Principals
  • IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG)
  • IASC Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG)
  • IASC Results Groups on Operational Response, Accountability and Inclusion, Collective Advocacy, Humanitarian-Development Collaboration, and Humanitarian Financing.
  • IASC regional bodies
Engagement with groups associated with the IASC

ICVA also engages with the following groups associated with the IASC:

  • Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation Steering Group
  • Saving Lives Together Initiative
  • Early Warning Early Action Analysts Group
  • Emergency Response Preparedness Working Group
  • Humanitarian Programme Cycle Steering Group
  • Humanitarian Leadership and Support Steering Group
Resources

External link
23 July 2021
IASC website
Subject/ Coordination / IASC /
IASC people
Description

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee is the longest-standing and highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the UN system, bringing together the executive heads of 18 UN and non-UN organisations to ensure coherence of preparedness and response efforts, formulate policy, and agree on priorities for strengthened humanitarian action.

ICVA is a standing invitee to the IASC.

More information on the IASC can be found on their website.

ICVA publication
27 March 2020
ICVA Case Study #4 Engaging in IASC Mechanisms
Subject/ Coordination / IASC /
2019 Case study IASC
Description

Following the introduction of the revised structure of the IASC in 2019, ICVA advocated with the IASC Secretariat that in order to ensure that the policy work of the IASC responds to the reality on the ground, diversity in OPAG membership is crucial. ICVA enabled the inclusion of local and national NGOs in IASC coordination structures, notably the OPAG and the Results Groups, for the first time after years of advocating for inclusion of national NGOs in the IASC architecture.

ICVA
19 November 2019
IASC Guidelines, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, 2019
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Learning /
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Description

The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings.

Resource page
3 November 2021
Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) on Climate
Subject/ Climate & environment / Environment /
Exchanges between NGOs and Humanitarian Leadership

ICVA regularly hosts meetings with humanitarian leaders for open discussions with members and other interested NGOs. 

These exchanges provide an opportunity to share information, increase understanding of the crisis/country context, and find ways for UN agencies and NGOs to better support each other in order to better serve the affected and host population. 

Through ICVA, NGOs contributed to the annual appraisal of humanitarian coordinators conducted by the EDG. The feedback received from members working directly with the coordinators is much valued and helps shape the crucial role of the humanitarian coordinators in general.

Resources

ICVA publication
13 September 2017
The Role of the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator - an independent study
Subject/ Coordination /
Role DHC IMAGE
Description

This report presents an overview of recent Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator roles and perceptions of the role within the humanitarian community as well as best practices and lessons learned to inform and improve management of the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator role.

The study found that while the role of Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator has evolved organically and has often been managed in an ad hoc manner, the role is often perceived by humanitarian actors as bringing a strong added value to a humanitarian response. When used to address context-specific needs, it is a powerful tool for supporting principled and effective humanitarian aid across challenging coordination landscapes.

ICVA report
20 January 2021
Localization in Humanitarian Leadership
Subject/ Coordination / Middle East and North Africa region / Localization /
localisation in hum leadership
Description

Against the current background of sustaining local responses, ICVA initiated this research aiming at mapping and documenting the extent of effective and meaningful NNGOs engagement in international humanitarian coordination structures. Focusing in specific at MENA region, the research explores NNGOs engagement in Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs), Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) Advisory Boards, and sector or cluster coordination platforms. The contexts covered are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria (Damascus and Turkey-based operations as well as the Whole of Syria response), and Yemen. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data, this research briefly profiles national leadership within the seven responses across MENA and outlines the state of NNGO engagement across the region.

IASC Guidance
19 July 2021
Strengthening participation, representation and leadership of local and national actors in IASC humanitarian coordination mechanisms
Subject/ Coordination / Localization / IASC /
IASC Guidance strengthening participation
Description

This guidance note has been developed to support efforts to strengthen the meaningful participation, representation, and leadership of local and national humanitarian actors (L/NAs) within IASC humanitarian coordination structures2. It draws on over 100 pieces of research and good practice to provide recommendations on how L/NAs can be an integral part of humanitarian coordination structures. It provides guidance for Humanitarian Coordinators, Humanitarian Country Teams, Cluster and Inter-Cluster Coordination Groups, and other related Task Forces and Working Groups.

IASC Resources

IASC Guidance
19 July 2021
Strengthening participation, representation and leadership of local and national actors in IASC humanitarian coordination mechanisms
Subject/ Coordination / Localization / IASC /
IASC Guidance strengthening participation
Description

This guidance note has been developed to support efforts to strengthen the meaningful participation, representation, and leadership of local and national humanitarian actors (L/NAs) within IASC humanitarian coordination structures2. It draws on over 100 pieces of research and good practice to provide recommendations on how L/NAs can be an integral part of humanitarian coordination structures. It provides guidance for Humanitarian Coordinators, Humanitarian Country Teams, Cluster and Inter-Cluster Coordination Groups, and other related Task Forces and Working Groups.

ICVA publication
27 March 2020
ICVA Case Study #4 Engaging in IASC Mechanisms
Subject/ Coordination / IASC /
2019 Case study IASC
Description

Following the introduction of the revised structure of the IASC in 2019, ICVA advocated with the IASC Secretariat that in order to ensure that the policy work of the IASC responds to the reality on the ground, diversity in OPAG membership is crucial. ICVA enabled the inclusion of local and national NGOs in IASC coordination structures, notably the OPAG and the Results Groups, for the first time after years of advocating for inclusion of national NGOs in the IASC architecture.

Coordination and COVID-19...

ICVA called for a truly global solution in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic....
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COVID-19 Humanitarian Response

As COVID-19 started to spread globally in 2020, ICVA rapidly recognised the impact that the pandemic could have on the delivery of humanitarian assistance. ICVA called for a truly global solution, that was people centered and focused on sustaining ongoing humanitarian operations.

ICVA’s eight-point call was set out in their statement.

Published in March 2020, the ICVA Briefing paper: “Reinforce, Reinforce, Reinforce: Localisation in the COVID-19 global humanitarian response,” called for strengthening principled and effective humanitarian action by NGOs during the COVID-19 response, with a focus on reinforcing local and national action wherever possible.

ICVA and our members contributed to the development of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan and worked to strengthen NGO inputs into its subsequent reviews.

ICVA briefing paper
30 March 2020
Reinforce, Reinforce, Reinforce: Localization in the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response
Subject/ COVID-19 / Localization /
Reinforce
Description

ICVA developed this note to support dialogue on strengthening principled and effective humanitarian action by NGOs during the COVID-19 response, with a focus on reinforcing local and national action wherever possible.

Guidance note
27 March 2020
Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19
Subject/ Coordination / COVID-19 /
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Description

The COVID-19 Global HRP is a comprehensive inter-agency response plan that aggregates and updates relevant existing humanitarian appeals from UN and non-UN entities, including WFP, WHO, IOM, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and taking into consideration the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It also integrates inputs from the humanitarian NGO community that has also captured the perspectives of local organizations. The Plan focuses on preparedness and response to the initial immediate and urgent health and non-health needs and response to the pandemic, including to secure supply chains and humanitarian personnel mobility. It does not attempt to deal with secondary or tertiary issues related to macroeconomic effects or more longer-term requirements in various sectors

NGOs and Vaccine Equity

ICVA has helped coordinate collective civil society outreach to states and joined the Vaccine Equity Declaration. We encourage NGOs to join the call for global, national and local leaders to accelerate the equitable rollout of vaccines in every country, starting with health workers and those at highest risk for COVID-19. This includes scaling up vaccine manufacturing and rejecting vaccine nationalism at every turn.

ICVA is supporting NGOs in the rollout of the COVAX Humanitarian Buffer and UN System-Wide Vaccination Programme.

 

Resources

NGO open letter
8 February 2021
Open Letter to States on Universal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Subject/ COVID-19 /
Open letter vaccines
Description

NGO Open Letter calling on States to step up multilateral efforts and lead a truly global response. It is in our common interest to ensure that priority in access to vaccine at a global level is given to those at a higher risk of infection and/or developing serious disease. Other priority considerations at national and global level will be counterproductive, leading to a perpetual spiral of new, vaccine-resistant variants of the virus.

Guidance note
1 February 2021
Country-Level Guidance Note on Messages for COVID 19 National Vaccination Strategies
Subject/ COVID-19 /
NGOS vaccine
Description

As new waves of COVID-19 break out around the world, some countries have now procured COVID19 vaccines. However, they remain in acute short supply. In these circumstances, it is important that NGOs consider duty of care elements for their staff – particularly those working on the frontlines or in areas where the epidemiological curve is highest.

Resources

ICVA briefing paper
30 March 2020
Reinforce, Reinforce, Reinforce: Localization in the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response
Subject/ COVID-19 / Localization /
Reinforce
Description

ICVA developed this note to support dialogue on strengthening principled and effective humanitarian action by NGOs during the COVID-19 response, with a focus on reinforcing local and national action wherever possible.

ICVA publication
1 February 2021
2020 Case study - COVID-19 Response
Subject/ COVID-19 /
Case study covid 19
Description

As the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic increased, ICVA began to implement specific actions to support members in their planning and response to this unprecedented challenge. This case study describes ICVA’s agility to incorporate COVID-19 response into the 2020 workplan

Guidance note
27 March 2020
Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19
Subject/ Coordination / COVID-19 /
GHRP-Covid 19
Description

The COVID-19 Global HRP is a comprehensive inter-agency response plan that aggregates and updates relevant existing humanitarian appeals from UN and non-UN entities, including WFP, WHO, IOM, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and taking into consideration the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It also integrates inputs from the humanitarian NGO community that has also captured the perspectives of local organizations. The Plan focuses on preparedness and response to the initial immediate and urgent health and non-health needs and response to the pandemic, including to secure supply chains and humanitarian personnel mobility. It does not attempt to deal with secondary or tertiary issues related to macroeconomic effects or more longer-term requirements in various sectors

Strengthening In-country NGO Coordination Fora...

NGO coordination generally complements existing coordination mechanisms....
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Strengthening NGO Collective Action at Country and Global Level

ICVA aims to help improve humanitarian preparedness and response by increasing the effectiveness of NGO coordination in humanitarian contexts and their links with other humanitarian coordination mechanisms.

Independent NGO coordination fora play a valuable role in ensuring humanitarian coordination remains accountable and effective. ICVA  provides ongoing support to national and international NGO Fora through the NGO Fora support programme

Overall ICVA’s work with NGO fora during the year reinforced the localization approach as a key approach to address humanitarian needs/challenges in-country; and through this process used the lessons learned to drive and strengthen humanitarian responses nationally and at global engagements.

Resources

ICVA publication
13 April 2013
A Basic NGO Coordination Guide
Subject/ Coordination /
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Description

Welcome to a basic Guide on NGO coordination. This Guide is not meant to be a definitive “how to” manual, but it focuses on issues and areas to consider when undertaking NGO coordination and when setting up an NGO coordination body. It is an entry point into the world of NGO coordination – an area of humanitarian response that is vast in practice, but that is also quite limited in terms of documentation and available resources. The Guide is a contribution towards improving NGO coordination so that the wheel does not have to be reinvented by those embarking upon such coordination – whether they be local, national, or international NGOs.

Ongoing Support to National and International NGO Fora

ICVA’s “Support to NGO Fora programme” aims to support NGO fora to undertake their collective responsibilities, across key areas.

 

Resources

Resource page
13 July 2021
NGO Fora support programme page
Subject/ NGO fora /
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Description

More information about the ICVA NGO Fora support programme

Coordination and E-Learning...

Find more resources and learning materials related to humanitarian coordination...
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E learning

Demystifying Humanitarian Coordination
8 June 2017
Demystifying Humanitarian Coordination
Subject/ Coordination / Learning /
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Description

The complexity of emergencies requires that humanitarian actors coordinate their responses effectively. However, many NGOs have only a limited understanding or engagement in the humanitarian coordination mechanisms.

This series includes webinars on the following topics:

  • The IASC and the global humanitarian coordination architecture: How can NGOs engage?
  • The humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels
  • NGO fora and consortia – from local to global
  • OCHA and NGOs in humanitarian coordination
  • The New Way of Working: What is it? What does it mean for NGOs?
  • NGOs in government-led and refugee coordination contexts