Topic Two: The humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels

What are the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at country and regional levels? In the second online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP, guest experts will explore the coordination mechanisms available at country level and the existing regional structures.

The session will explore the function of various country level humanitarian coordination structures and actors, including the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) role, the Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) and the cluster approach at national and sub-national levels - highlighting the strengths and limitations of these structures.

Participants will be provided with recommendations on how NGOs can better engage in these coordination mechanisms, and will also have an opportunity to ask questions.




  • Najat RochdiDeputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic
  • Kirk PrichardDirector of Humanitarian Programs, Concern US
  • Paul Knox-Clarke, Head of Research, ALNAP
  • Mohammad Kilani, Executive Director, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO)


  • Emmanuelle Osmond, Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination at ICVA
  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP


Focus: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of the available coordination models at country and regional levels, and how they are linked to the global structure.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of the different coordination mechanisms available at country and regional levels
  • Familiarity with key actors at country level, and their main roles
  • Awareness of the opportunities and challenges for NGOs to engage in country-level and regional-level coordination mechanisms
  • Familiarity with sources of information on coordination structures at country and regional levels




Click on the briefing paper below to access a summary of content discussed throughout topic two. 

This briefing paper is also available in French and in Turkish.


Access the briefing paper in French






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