UN OCHA Course "Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings (ATAHS)" in Berlin


An important part of humanitarian work is the correct assessment of needs to ensure the effectiveness of necessary assistance and accurate response planning. To further develop these analytical capabilities, the OCHA "Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings" was held in Berlin, hosted by ZIF.

OCHA's mission is to ensure the coordinated implementation of UN humanitarian operations, such as those following natural disasters or civil wars, by networking relevant actors on the ground, and by coordinating the identification of emergency needs in order to provide effective assistance to those affected.

This year's introduction of the new approach to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC), which was also the subject of the HPC Workshop organized by ZIF in July 2019, stands for an improved approach to data collection and evaluation as well as more effective needs assessment, planning and monitoring.

For the course, 24 international humanitarian experts travelled to Berlin. Staff from various OCHA regional offices and headquarters - including a ZIF expert - and other organizations such as Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the Department for International Development (DFID), the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and UNICEF were present. Most of their expertise lies in the field of needs assessment. Graduates of the UN-OCHA course "Coordinated Assessment & Information Management (CAIM)" or "Information Management Preparedness and Coordination Training (IMPACT)", hosted by ZIF, were also present.

During the six-day ATAHS training, participants deepened their knowledge of the systematic analysis of crisis situations and the needs of affected groups. They were briefed on IT programs for evaluating existing capacities and risk assessments with the aim of timely identifying and initiating relevant humanitarian measures. Through practical, situation-related exercises, the participants were able to apply and internalize the training content.

Since the participants of the course work in offices on the African continent, in Europe, in the Middle East as well as in South and Central Asia, a heterogeneous and dynamic field of participants emerged, which together with the six highly qualified trainers of OCHA and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) ensured a very lively and positive course atmosphere. In addition to the content learned during the training, the participants also benefited from each other's regional expertise.

Since 2011, ZIF has been working with OCHA within the framework of the Standby Partnership (SBP), politically and financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office. The program helps to ensure the coordination of crisis operations through the short-term provision and training of qualified experts. Through various cooperation activities with OCHA, ZIF thus contributes to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of international humanitarian aid in complex crisis situations.