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Governance, Policy and Guidance

The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is responsible for the overall management of the SHF and is accountable for the use of funds. The SHF Advisory Board (current composition), chaired by the HC and formed by UN agencies, NGOs and donor representatives advises on the use of funds and the governance of the SHF.

On a day-to-day basis, the SHF is managed by OCHA Somalia Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) on behalf of the HC. The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office serves as the Fund’s ‘Administrative Agent’: it receives, administers and manages contributions from donors, as well as disburses funds to OCHA and UN agencies, funds and programmes.

What rules govern the Somalia Humanitarian Fund?

The SHF is guided by the Global Country-Based Pooled Fund Guidelines, which include the CBPF Policy Instruction and the Global Operational Handbook. This guidance is reflected in the localized SHF Operational Manual. The Policy Instruction sets out the principles, objectives, governance and management arrangements for CBPFs, while the Operational Handbook provides technical guidance, tools and templates used in the management of CBPFs.

The funds contracted to partners are further subject to the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules (FRR). The SHF Operational Manual and its annexes provide technical guidance, tools and templates used in the management of the Fund.


SHF Programme Manual 2021 (February 2021)
SHF COVID-19 Flexibility Guidance
SHF Operational Manual (June 2021)
Download the entire SHF Operational Manual package (ZIP file) 
Annex 1 – SHF Risk Analysis and Mitigation Matrix [includes location risk levels] (February 2021)
Annex 2 - Budget Guidance & Financial and Procurement Guidelines (February 2021)
Annex 3 – Financial reporting guidelines (February 2021)
Annex 4 – Principles guiding 2021 SHF allocations
Annex 5 – List of eligible partners (July 2021)
Annex 6 – Capacity Assessment Questions and Answers (February 2021)
Annex 7 – Strategic Review Committee Score Card and Report Template
Annex 8 – List of Advisory Board members (February 2021)
Annex 9 – SHF Due Diligence (February 2021)
Annex 10 – Implementing partner non-compliance sanctions (February 2021)
Annex 11 – SHF Common Performance Framework: 2021 targets (February 2021)
Annex 12 – Suspected fraudulent acts by partner
Annex 13 – Incident report: theft, diversion, looting
Annex 14 – SHF Accountability Framework Summary
Global Country-Based Pooled Fund Guidelines
Operational Handbook for OCHA CBPFs (October 2017)
Operational Handbook Annexes (zip file)