OCHA training in Berlin on “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management”


From August 27 to September 1, 2017, 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) – the 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. Throughout an emergency, credible and accurate assessments contribute to the evidence-base that increases the effectiveness of humanitarian response, ensure well-defined response planning and timely decision-making.

The course was attended by 27 participants from different OCHA Regional Field Offices as well as OCHA Surge Capacity Partners, among them also one expert from the ZIF roster.

The aim of this training was to upgrade the skills of humanitarian actors with existing knowledge and skills in coordinated assessment, enabling them to take a better leadership and support role in the Coordinated Assessment processes in new or in escalating emergencies. Topics covered include “Needs Assessment: Life cycle”, “Setting up Coordination”, “Design of data collection”, “Data collection, processing and analyses” etc. The four course trainers as well as the diverse and heterogeneous group of participants provided a very dynamic and positive course atmosphere.

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. Through the support of training courses conducted by OCHA, ZIF indirectly 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.