Topic Four: 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, ICVA and PHAP will organize 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 will be provided with an overview of OCHA’s main focus areas, highlighting the differences of NGO engagement with OCHA country offices in different regions, and exploring lessons already learnt by NGOs.




  • Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief of OCHA's inter-Custer Coordination Section in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Ian Ridley, OCHA South Sudan Head of Office 

  • Mohammed Alhammadi, Syrian NGO Alliance Coordinator


NGO speaker to be confirmed



  • Emmanuelle Osmond, Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination at ICVA


  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP



Focus: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of how they can directly engage with OCHA to increase their involvement and improve current coordination structures.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of OCHA’s mandate and key focus areas
  • Familiarity with NGO entry points to engage with OCHA’s coordination mechanisms
  • Awareness of the differences per region and the effect of field realities on NGOs’ engagement with OCHA country offices
  • Familiarity with sources of information on NGO engagement with OCHA

Recommended reading:

  • OCHA, “Coordination,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • OCHA, “Partnerships with NGOs,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)