First OCHA “Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings” hosted by ZIF in Berlin, 30 September – 5 October


From 30 September to 5 October 2018 ZIF hosted the first “Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings” (ATAHS) in Berlin. The course was developed this year and conducted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – the organization responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies as well as provide coordinated needs assessments in order to deliver a targeted response to the affected population.

Throughout an emergency, credible and accurate needs assessments contribute to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response. This can only be accomplished after a thorough analysis of the humanitarian crises situation and the collected information. Accurate analysis and assessments ensure well-defined response planning as well as timely decision-making. One of the main long-term objectives in designing the ATAHS course was therefore the effort to improve and strengthen the analysis capacities in humanitarian settings. Thus, the participants of the course were already experienced humanitarian experts on needs assessment and analysis or graduates of the OCHA “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management” (CAIM) trainings.

The course was attended by 21 participants from different OCHA Regional Field Offices, OCHA Headquarters – among them also one expert from the ZIF roster – as well as UN-Organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Joint Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Profiling Service.

The training strengthened the capacities of the participants to conduct systematic analysis of crisis situations, to assess more precisely the people’s needs as well as the available capacities and vulnerabilities, in order to inform timely the international community and to start the relevant humanitarian action as soon as possible. It further contributed to improving the quality, comprehensibility and credibility of analytical judgements and conclusions in humanitarian settings. Due to practical exercises and field practices, the participants were able to internalize and put into practice the training contents effectively. The course agenda included following topics: “Exploratory analysis”, “Interpretive analysis”, “Anticipatory Analysis”, “Scenarios and Projections”, “Response” and others.

The course participants came together from duty stations in African countries, Europe, the Middle East and South and Central Asia. The six highly experienced course facilitators/trainers were provided by UN OCHA and IFRC. In addition to the training sessions learning outcomes, another rewarding effect of the course was therefore the opportunity for the participants to profit greatly from each other’s regional knowledge and apply it to the contexts of their respective duty stations.

Since 2011, ZIF has been collaborating with OCHA within the framework of the Stand-By Partnership (SBP). This collaboration entails the deployment of qualified experts on an ad hoc basis to humanitarian crisis areas as well as the support of training activities. By supporting the training courses conducted by OCHA, ZIF contributes to improving the efficiency of the response to complex humanitarian emergencies in the field. Since its beginning, the cooperation between UN-OCHA and ZIF has been politically and financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.