IASC Humanitarian Coordination Pool
Nurturing humanitarian coordination leadership
Through the HC Pool, IASC partners pre-identify the most suitable humanitarian leaders to take up these key collective coordination positions. HC Pool members have gone through a thorough selection process and are considered ‘fit’ by humanitarian stakeholders for leadership roles with important humanitarian coordination aspects.
The IASC prioritizes improved diversity of the HC pool composition, especially with respect to gender, geography, and agency of origin.
Over the last decade, the HC Pool has evolved from being a roster of potential candidates for HC positions to a career development programme.
The Humanitarian Coordination Pool
1. What does HC Pool membership involve?
Members of the HC Pool are pre-vetted by the humanitarian community for field humanitarian coordination leadership functions. When looking for candidates for humanitarian coordination leadership roles in the field (e.g. RC, RC/HC, DHC, RHC, DRHC, etc.), IASC organizations will make use of the HC Pool and information gathered during the HC Pool application process will allow IASC organization to best evaluate the suitability of candidates for a specific role.
Members of the HC Pool benefit from dedicated support and services provided by Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Section (HLSS):
- Career counseling and support: access to exclusive vacant positions, review of personal applications and executive coaching;
- Leadership support when transitioning in or out of a collective humanitarian coordination leadership position (e.g. mentoring upon taking up an HC function);
- Access to the HC Pool network.
2. How are HC Pool members selected ?
HC Pool members are identified through a nomination process open only to RC Pool members who are interested in serving in humanitarian coordination leadership positions.
Once nominated by their organization of origin (or by OCHA for candidates working in a non-IASC organization), candidates meeting eligibility criteria will be invited to an in-depth conversation with a panel of senior IASC representatives who will also review candidates’ references.
Prior to their inclusion into the Pool, candidates may be asked to complete humanitarian coordination focused learning programmes or activities.
Currently serving HCs can join the HC Pool if recommended by the IASC Emergency Directors at the time of the annual HC Performance review.
3. Who can apply?
HC Pool membership is only open to individuals who have successfully passed the RC Assessment Center (RCAC).
In addition, candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the following requirements:
- Truly interested and committed to serving in countries with humanitarian needs within the next 1-3 years;
- Principled, courageous, and resilient leader willing to effectively give a voice to the most vulnerable and advocate for human rights issues;
- Collaborative leader who takes pride from facilitating the work of others;
- Serving or having served in high-level coordination leadership roles, ideally as Resident Coordinators or in Regional (RHC) or Deputy Humanitarian Coordinators’ (DRHC) roles;
- Experience in successfully negotiating issues in politically sensitive situations;
- Having served in humanitarian coordination and/or humanitarian operations for at least three years.
4. How to apply?
Interested candidates should prepare the following application package:
Once you have completed your application package:
- If you are currently employed by an IASC organization (in case you are currently deployed as an RC, this applies if your organization of origin is part of the IASC), contact the HR department within your organization – a list of focal point is available here.
Please note that pre-nomination modalities may vary among organizations and you might have received separate instruction from your organization in this regard.
If you are currently employed by a non-IASC organization, or you are unaware of the focal point within your organization, send a complete application package to the dedicated HC Pool mailing address (firstname.lastname@example.org).