Objective 2.2 – Scaling Up and Drawing Down Operations

Every year, OCHA is requested to respond to an increasing array of new emergencies around the world against a backdrop of limited resources. This requires the organization to take a practical and methodical approach to where and how it responds. Support at the country level needs to be appropriate to the context on the ground, flexible enough to quickly adjust to evolving situations, and provide partners with a clear understanding of OCHA’s engagement.

OCHA must have clear indicators to determine when to increase its preparedness and response activities. It must also have a standardized process to monitor the phases of its operations. OCHA already has in place a clearly articulated process for transition and a standardized framework for planning its phase-down and exit in a predictable and deliberate manner. An example is the joint planning being undertaken in Uganda as the OCHA Country Office transitions to a Humanitarian Support Unit by mid-2011. This approach permits a smooth transfer of relevant roles and responsibilities, and affords better management of staffing and resources.

In 2011, OCHA will build on these initiatives to identify a simple but robust set of criteria (or planning indicators) for phasing in, phasing out or adjusting the scale of OCHA country operations, providing partners with a clear rationale for OCHA engagement, particularly for new crises. Within days of a new emergency, humanitarian partners will have a better understanding of how OCHA will structure its presence, what tools and services will be provided and how it will be staffed appropriately.

In locations where OCHA country operations are already established, progress against planning indicators will be monitored as part of a broader Country Office strategy. The strategies will sharpen the focus of OCHA’s engagement, stimulate longer-range analysis and risk management, and reflect broad consultations with OCHA operational partners.

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