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									Humanitarian Coordinator Strengthening - FAQ

Q1. What is the Aim of a Humanitarian Coordinator Pool?
Answer: The Pool of Humanitarian Coordinators (HC) was established in 2006 to
facilitate the Emergency Relief Coordinator’s (ERC’s) task in identifying and appointing
Humanitarian Coordinators, especially in situations of emergency. The HC pool were
drawn up to include persons who had already undergone the assessment process for
Resident Coordinators (RC), including currently serving HCs, as well as non-UN staff.
Based on consultations a need for the pool comprising of UN and non-UN IASC partners,
with a gender and geographic balance was identified, which the last call for nominations
in May 2006 aimed to take into account, adding to the list of candidates selected from an
initial call to the HC Pool made in December 2005 and finalized in April 2006.

Q2. How is a Humanitarian Coordinator appointed?
Answer: The Secretary-General appoints the Humanitarian Coordinator, as all United
Nations staff, however the Secretary-General has delegated to the Emergency Relief
Coordinator the authority to designate Humanitarian Coordinators and she/he does so in
consultation with the Principals of the IASC.
Since the establishment of the HC Pool, the following are procedures followed in the
establishment of an HC:

1. The ERC will decide, on a case-by-case basis, on appointments of HCs drawn from the
2. When appointing a Humanitarian Coordinator, the ERC will first look into the
suitability of the incumbent Resident Coordinator, in the event that she/he may not be
suitable to take the additional HC function, the ERC will in principle select from, the
Pool. The ERC may, however, depending on the specific country situation, political
sensitivities, and availability of pool candidates, choose to propose to the IASC a
nomination outside the Pool.
3. Should an individual from the HC Pool be identified for an HC position, the ERC will
only inform IASC Partners of his/her decisions, since the IASC has already vetted the
candidate through his/her inclusion in the Pool. The ERC, will of course, continue to
consult the IASC prior to nominations for HC positions of individuals who are not
included in the HC Pool.

Q3. What are the Five Outcomes of the Action Plan?
Answer: Strengthened commitment to coordination at the field level by all humanitarian
Greater inclusiveness, transparency, and ownership in the appointment of Humanitarian
Clearer accountability of Humanitarian Coordinators to the humanitarian community.
Appropriate training and induction is in place to prepare and support Humanitarian
Coordinators to take over their functions.
Humanitarian Coordinators are adequately supported in their work.

Q4. What is the Aim of Strengthening the Humanitarian Coordinator System?
Answer: The overall goal is to ensure “A Humanitarian Coordinator’s System that
identifies, selects, trains, mentors, supports and holds accountable the most effect
individuals so that Country Teams are provided with high-quality leadership and
coordination in humanitarian emergencies.” To this effect an IASC Action Plan is being
implemented that identifies five outcomes in key areas aimed to support the overall goal.


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