Operational Policy and Advocacy Group
The Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) serves as forum driving the normative and strategic policy work of the IASC, including on system-wide policy matters with a direct bearing on humanitarian operations. It is responsible for overseeing the work of the Results Group on behalf of the IASC Principals.
Co-chaired by Ms. Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director, WFP and Mr. Geir Olav Lisle, Deputy Secretary General, NRC, the OPAG comprises a representative from each IASC member, at Director level.
- developing policies and guidance in line with strategic decisions and requests made by the IASC
- establishing and overseeing the work of the Results Groups
- collaborating with the Emergency Directors Group (EDG) in identifying and elaborating policy matters with direct bearing on humanitarian operations
- reviewing guidelines produced by inter-agency bodies outside of the formal IASC structure (after vetting by the IASC secretariat)
The OPAG supersedes the former IASC Working Group
The five IASC Results Groups are timebound and responsible for delivering the agreed normative/system-wide outputs under each of the five IASC Strategic Priorities for the biennium. Their support may also be sought to review guidelines produced by inter-agency bodies outside of the formal IASC structure. Each Results Group comprises representatives with substantive and technical knowledge of the relevant area. They work to develop common narratives and policies and to establish best practice using their collective expertise.
The five Results Groups report to the Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG), with strong linkages to the Emergency Directors Group to ensure that their work is reflective of and responsive to field needs and realities. Each group is co-chaired by two IASC members, nominated by IASC members, in two-yearly rotation.
Addresses system-wide issues and in particular any gaps from the normative/policy perspective.
A service for humanitarian leaders and responders which provides response-wide guidance, tools, and technical support for making humanitarian responses and aid workers more accountable to affected communities
Increasing the effectiveness of collective advocacy efforts, including with respect to International Humanitarian Law, access, and the security of aid workers.
Strengthening links and synergies between humanitarian and development actions/programmes, with linkages to peace as relevant, with a view to maximizing long-term impact.
Addressing funding gaps including through innovative funding approaches and more transparent collective funding.