United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. OCHA coordinates humanitarian action to ensure crisis-affected people receive the assistance and protection they need. It works to overcome obstacles that impede humanitarian assistance from reaching people affected by crises, and it provides leadership in mobilizing assistance and resources on behalf of the humanitarian system. OCHA is not an operational agency directly engaged in the delivery of humanitarian programmes, and its added value is as an honest broker, facilitator, thought leader and global advocate, providing support to the humanitarian system. In fulfilling its coordination mandate, OCHA is guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

OCHA Jordan Office is supporting the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) in realizing his vision of one nationally-led coordinated platform for humanitarian and development assistance in Jordan. Through acting as Secretariat to the Humanitarian Country Team meetings, OCHA Jordan Office supports the coordination of humanitarian affairs in Jordan at the policy and strategic level. Recognizing 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 neighboring 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 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.

Website: https://www.unocha.org/syrian-arab-republic/jordan