Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) aims to support timely allocations of the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF) and disbursement of donor resources to critical humanitarian needs, as defined by coordinated humanitarian response plans while retaining flexibility to allocate funds to unforeseen emergency needs and critical gaps as they emerge. In order to meet this goal, the LHF has two allocation processes.
Standard Allocation: The process through which most of the funds will be allocated to ensure funding for priority projects in line with relevant coordinated humanitarian response plans in-country. Funding permitting, allocations usually occur once or twice per year. The HC publishes an allocation strategy that specifies the sectors and activities eligible for funding. The allocation strategy paper also lists key strategic and technical criteria to which project proposals must adhere, including beneficiary targeting, monitoring requirements and guidance on cross-cutting issues of access, protection mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in humanitarian response.
Reserve Allocation: A more streamlined process used for rapid and flexible allocation of funds set aside by the HC, taking place as required in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to immediately address strategic humanitarian needs.
The project cycle of the LHF is managed in OCHA’s Grant Management System (GMS). LHF partners use this interface to submit project proposals, revisions and reports. The HFU uses the GMS to coordinate project review, monitoring and partner performance.