Governance, Policy and Guidance

The CHF-Afghanistan is a pooled funding mechanism under the overall authority of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), supported by an Advisory Board, OCHA, and the Cluster Leads.

The HC determines the Fund’s strategic focus, sets the allocations amounts, approves projects and initializes disbursements. The HC chairs the CHF Advisory Board that is comprised of senior-level representatives of donors, Cluster-lead UN agencies, NGOs and observing organizations. The core function of the CHF Advisory Board is to support the HC on the strategic focus, ensuring that the Standard Allocations are in line with the HRP and that the main objectives of the Fund are met.

Cluster Leads support the CHF processes at two levels: (i) at a strategic level, to ensure that there are linkages between the proposed projects, the HRP and cluster strategies; and (ii) at an operational level, to provide technical expertise to the process of project prioritization and evaluation, and to promote sector coordination amongst humanitarian agencies.

The OCHA Office in Kabul supports and advises the HC on strategic issues, ensuring that the scope and objectives are aligned with the HRP. The OCHA Head of Office supervises which acts as the Fund’s Managing Agent in

OCHA’s Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) acts as the managing agent for the Fund, including the coordination of allocation processes and oversight of the entire funding cycle from the opening of an allocation to the closure of projects, whilst providing CBPF technical support and policy advice to the HC. The HFU maintains accountability requirements, including risk management and operational modalities, as well as coordination with other units of the OCHA Country Office and Regional Sub-offices. Further, the HFU ensures donor contributions are allocated to projects within an agreed coordination and monitoring and reporting framework, in compliance with the minimum requirements outlined in the CHF-Afghanistan Operational Manual and OCHA’s Global Guidelines for CBPFs.

In order to allow for the proper management and oversight of the CHF, a number of key documents have been developed:

Terms of Reference: outline the overall objectives of the CHF and describe the key governance and management processes.

Allocation Guidelines: describe the types of allocations and processes that should be followed, as well as outline the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved in the process.

Advisory Board ToR: outline the membership structure of the Advisory Board, as well as the main responsibilities of the members of the Board.

Accountability Framework: provides an overview of the four pillars of accountability; including the eligibility process for implementing partners and risk management, monitoring and reporting, evaluation and project auditing.

CHF-Afghanistan Operational Manual: describes the governance arrangements, objectives, allocation modalities and accountability mechanisms of the Fund adapting specific aspects of OCHA’s Global Guidelines for CBPFs to the humanitarian context in Afghanistan, as well as to detail the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved.


Guidance to Partners
CHF Afghanistan - A Quick Guide 2016
CHF Afghanistan - Communications and Visibility Guideline
CHF Afghanistan - Remote Call Campaigns - Guidance Note for Partners
CHF Afghanistan - Remote Call Campaigns Flyer (English) (Dari) (Pashto)