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					ERC/HC Compact Concept Paper

Purpose The purpose of the Compact is to: (a) help HCs identify and focus on priorities (b) provide a documented basis for mutual accountability (of the HC to the ERC, and of the ERC – and, through him, of OCHA and IASC agencies – to the HC). General remarks - The Compact is a personal “contract” between the ERC and the HC; it is not an inter-agency tool - The Compact is not a one-off exercise; it should be part of a structured and continuous dialogue between the ERC and the HC - The Compact is a constituent part of the HC Performance Appraisal System (when the HC is also RC, the RC/HC/DO and UN Country Team Performance Appraisal System) - The Compact should be consistent with HCs’ Terms of Reference - The Compact should be aligned with the CHAP (or the local inter-agency strategic planning document) - The workplan of the OCHA Office should be aligned with the Compact. Time frame - The Compact should be developed immediately after the CHAP (or the local interagency strategic planning document) - For newly appointed HCs, the Compact should be developed upon appointment, and revisited after 3-4 months - The Compact should have a time frame of one year (coinciding with the CAP cycle, or that of the local inter-agency strategic planning document) - If the country situation changes dramatically, the Compact should be revisited at an earlier date - At the end of the one-year cycle, the ERC and the HC take stock of progress made in reaching the objectives of the Compact before developing a new one Format - The format of the Compact should be the same as that of the Compact between the SG and USGs (see template below) - The Compact should contain up to five objectives - The Compact should not be longer than two pages Procedure The following steps should be taken to develop a Compact: 1) The HC makes a first draft of the Compact, with the support of the OCHA Office and the Desk Officer, as necessary 2) The ERC and the HC have an in-depth phone conversation on the draft 3) The HC finalises the Compact and shares it with the ERC and with the Humanitarian Country Team.

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Role of the HC System Strengthening Project The role of the HC System Strengthening Project is to: - Provide guidance and advice to Desk Officers on the drafting of Compacts - Ensure that Compacts are of high quality and conform to the template - Serve as the repository of Compacts Next steps  September 2007: Compact piloted in up to six countries  January 2008: Compact introduced for all new HCs  September 2008: Compact introduced for all HCs Pilot countries - Afghanistan - CAR - Chad - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Zimbabwe

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Compact Template Country: xxx Timeframe: xx/xx to xx/xx [one year]

Objective

Expected accomplishment

Performance measure (incl. timeframe)

ERC/OCHA support

[signature] John Holmes Emergency Relief Coordinator

[signature] xxx Humanitarian Coordinator for xxx


				
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