Allocation process and the Grant Management System
The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) provides grants to international and national NGOs and UN humanitarian agencies aimed to fund activities identified jointly by humanitarian partners as the most urgent, in line with the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator, the SSHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs, as defined by the HRP. In order to meet this goal, allocation processes are inclusive, transparent and efficient. The allocation guidelines provide instructions and clarifications on all the steps of allocation processes and requirements in order to enhance timely and strategic decisions.
There are two types of allocation processes:
Standard Allocation: the process through which most of the SSHF funds are allocated to ensure funding for priority projects is disbursed in line with the HRP. In a year, two standard allocation processes are facilitated based on allocation strategy papers formulated under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator.
Reserve Allocation: this process is used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to address strategic humanitarian needs. It accommodates allocations which responses to specific humanitarian situations necessitating a coordinated response outside the Standard Allocations.
Key requirements to fund projects through the Reserve Allocations are:
• The project constitutes an emergency humanitarian response to an unforeseen crisis.
• The project will remedy, mitigate or avert direct loss of life, physical and psychological harm or threats to a population or group and/or protect their dignity. This may include common humanitarian services that are necessary to enable life-saving activities and inter-agency assessments in case of sudden onset emergency situation.
The project cycle management process for the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund is done through an online platform, the Grant Management System (GMS), allowing for better management and institutional memory: https://chfsouthsudan.unocha.org