Jordan Country Office

Recognising the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis inside Syria, the systemic gaps in coordination, and following the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions 2165, 2191, 2258, 2332 and 2393, humanitarian actors operating inside Syria from Damascus and from neighbouring countries launched the “Whole of Syria” (WOS) approach to develop a principled, predictable and coherent response to prioritized humanitarian needs through in-country and cross border operations.

A Cross-Border Task Force in Jordan operating under the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC)’s stewardship, has been established as a senior strategic and decision-making body to oversee strategic coordination of cross-border activities, as part of the WOS approach. Comprising both country-focused and regional partners, the Cross Border Task Force aims to develop common policies and response strategies to deliver humanitarian assistance in Syria through cross-border assistance. With OCHA Jordan’s support, an Inter-Sector/Cluster Working Group (ISCWG), along with five sector working groups (WASH, Health and Nutrition, Food Security, Logistics, and NFI/Shelter), complement the work of the Cross-Border Task Force.

OCHA Jordan also administers the Jordan Humanitarian Fund (JHF) which addresses the urgent humanitarian needs and gaps in Jordan and supports the cross-border activities of NGOs under UNSCRs 2165 and subsequent extensions. The Jordan JHF’s target amount is US$10 million.