The Jordan Humanitarian Fund (JHF) is a multi-donor country-based pooled fund (CBPF) established in 2014 in response to the increasing needs and operational complexity of the Syria crisis.
The JHF focuses primarily on responding to urgent humanitarian needs through filling funding gaps and responding rapidly to new or unforeseen emergency needs, with exceptional funding for coordination, early action, preparedness and resilience activities. The fund also addresses the humanitarian needs in southern Syria in case of direct funding support for cross-border operations.
Within the programmatic framework of the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) and the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan (SHRP), the JHF enables the delivery of humanitarian assistance and has the following objectives:
- To improve humanitarian response by increasing the allocation of funding to priority humanitarian needs through an inclusive and coordinated process at the field level.
- To strengthen the leadership of the HC.
- To contribute to the delivery of the JRP within the context of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) and the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Syria.
- To strengthen the local capacity to implement urgent life-saving activities, with a preference to local NGOs’ capacity.
CBPFs are managed by OCHA and made available to national non-governmental organizations (NNGOs), international NGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent societies and UN agencies. The JHF prioritizes the response for refugees in host communities, and it works to enhance local NGOs’ capacity to provide humanitarian assistance for refugees in the camps and host communities.
Proposals should be submitted by eligible partners on the Grant Management System.
Allocations and application process
The JHF can allocate funding through two modalities:
- A standard allocation (through a call for proposals), which is issued twice a year, usually in March and August. It is aligned with the priorities of the sector working groups, which form technical review committees to review and recommend projects for funding.
- A reserve allocation (as a certain percentage of the fund), which allows partners to rapidly respond to unforeseen emerging humanitarian needs. It is called at the discretion of the HC in consultation with the sectors.
NGOs applying for funding must be active members of sector working groups and they must participate in a capacity-assessment process. In this assessment, partners’ institutional, technical, management and financial capacities are systematically and transparently reviewed. They determine the appropriate operational modalities for the administration of funding contracts.
Governance, Policy and Guidance
The JHF is a pooled-funding mechanism under the overall authority of the HC, supported by an Advisory Board, OCHA and the sector leads.
The HC provides strategic leadership, ensures effective management and oversight functions of the JHF, determines the fund’s strategic focus, sets the allocation amounts, approves projects and initializes disbursements.
The OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit will fulfil the fund’s secretariat functions. The fund’s Advisory Board will be chaired by the HC and will welcome the senior-level participation of donors, UN organizations (in their capacity as sector lead agencies) and NGO representatives. Sector coordinators play a key role in prioritization and project review at a strategic and technical level.
The core function of the JHF Advisory Board is to support the HC on the strategic focus, ensuring that the allocations are in line with the JRP and the SHRP, and that the fund’s main objectives are met.
Ms. Amani Salah, Fund Manager