ZIF hosts UN OCHA training on “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management”

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From May 27 to June 1, 2018 ZIF hosted the “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management Training” in Berlin. The course has been developed and conducted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA is the UN's implementing organization responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies and coordinated needs assessment in delivering targeted response to the affected population. Thus throughout an emergency, credible and accurate assessments contribute to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response. In addition, accurate assessments ensure well-defined response planning as well as timely decision-making.

The course was attended by 29 participants from different OCHA Regional Field Offices, UN Organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as well as OCHA Surge Capacity Partners, among them also one member of the ZIF expert roster.

The aim of this training was to strengthen the skills of humanitarian actors with already pre-existing knowledge and skills in Coordinated Assessment and Needs Analysis, enabling them to take a better leadership and support role in Coordinated Assessment processes in new or escalating emergencies. By working with practical exercises and innovative field practices, the participants were able to internalize and put into practice the training contents effectively. Topics covered include “Setting up Coordination”, “Design of data collection”, “Data collection”, “Data processing” and “Joint inter-sectoral Analysis”.

Since the participants work in duty stations in African countries, the Middle East and South and Central Asia, the diverse and heterogeneous group together with the four course trainers provided a very dynamic and positive course atmosphere. Thus, additional to their learning outcomes from the detailed training sessions, another rewarding effect of this year’s CAIM training was that the participants could 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 UN 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. Through the support of training courses conducted by OCHA, ZIF contributes to improving the efficiency in 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.