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.




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

Date and time: 22 June 2017, 10:30 a.m. GMT+02:00

Length: 90 minutes (45 minutes of presentations max. followed by a 45-minute discussion)

Audience: The event is particularly targeted to those working in international and national NGOs engaged in humanitarian action, who are seeking for a stronger understanding of the various humanitarian coordination mechanisms. The event is also open to the public.


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

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