ICVA publication
13 September, 2017

The Role of the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator – an independent study

Subject / Coordination /

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.