POLICY development

Policy Planning and Analysis Section

The newly established Policy Planning and Analysis Section (PPAS) strengthens PDSB’s capacity to link humanitarian
policies and practices more directly with operational decision-making at the country level. PPAS will support the planning and design of country-specific humanitarian coordination models, informed by PDSB’s broader policy work. Advice will be provided on models of cooperation and coordination between OCHA and the broader humanitarian community with integrated missions, peacebuilding strategies and United Nations and IASC Country Teams.

PPAS will, jointly with CRD and other relevant sections, focus its efforts on seven priority situations of humanitarian
concern: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Iraq, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia and Sudan.
In these contexts, the Section will strengthen OCHA’s planning capacity both for general humanitarian operations and engagement with United Nations peacekeeping and integrated missions, including through the provision of information about protection of civilians, access, lessons learned and evaluations, the operational relevance of humanitarian principles and humanitarian–military interactions. PPAS will also provide consolidated country analysis to senior management. The Section will act as OCHA’s focal point for peacebuilding and mediation, and promote principled interaction between humanitarian and military actors (in close collaboration with the Civil–Military Coordination Section). The Section will also contribute to engagement with regional organizations, in particular the development of doctrine and guidance on regional
and sub-regional peacekeeping arrangements with the humanitarian community.

Key Objectives, Outputs and Indicators

Improved coordination structures at country, regional and international levels
Outputs Indicators
Guidelines developed for OCHA headquarters and field offices on integrated mission planning. A common position among OCHA and its IASC partners established in relation to emerging challenges to cooperation in environments shared with military actors. Number of sets of guidelines approved and disseminated. Percentage of recommendations relevant to and taken up by policy and operational partners.

Strengthened OCHA emergency response capacity
Outputs Indicators
Policy support provided to OCHA emergency response at both headquarters and field level. Percentage of requests for policy support (including consolidated analysis, guidance, best practices and short-term deployment of policy advisers) responded to within five days.

Action-oriented analysis of humanitarian trends and emerging policy issues
Outputs Indicators
Lessons learned, best practices, analysis and general guidance on humanitarian policy considerations converted into consolidated country-specific policy and planning inputs. Number of requests for policy support received; percentage responded to within five days. Percentage of recommendations incorporated into plans and coordination models.