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Governance, Policy and Guidance

The IHF is a pooled-funding mechanism under the overall authority of the HC, and supported by an Advisory Board, OCHA and the cluster leads.

The HC determines the fund’s strategic focus, sets the allocation amounts, approves projects and initializes disbursements. The HC chairs the IHF Advisory Board, which comprises senior-level representatives of donors, UN agencies, NGOs and observing organizations. The board’s core function is to support the HC on the strategic focus, ensuring that the allocations are in line with the HRP and that the fund’s main objectives are met.

Cluster leads support the IHF processes at the strategic level, to ensure there are links between the proposed projects, the HRP and cluster strategies, and at the operational level, to provide technical expertise to the process of project prioritization and evaluation, and to promote sector coordination among humanitarian agencies.

Under the overall supervision of the OCHA Head of Office, the HFU ensures adequate and efficient management of 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, while providing 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 sub-offices. Further, the HFU ensures donor contributions are channelled to partners in compliance with the minimum requirements outlined in the IHF Operational Manual and OCHA’s Global Guidelines for CBPFs.

IHF Operational Manual (updated October 2018) 
IHF Flexibility Guidance in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic (April 2020) 
IHF revised Operational Modalities for cost-extended projects (April 2021)
CBPF Global Guidelines
CBPF Partner Guidance Note on Fraud and Financial Misconduct (August 2021)
CBPF Partner Guidance Note on Sexual Misconduct (August 2021)
IHF Advisory Board TORs (updated 19 April 2017)