Following the conclusion of the pilot phase of the harmonized reporting template, the 8+3 template has been finalized. The feedback from pilot participants was reviewed and some of the elements of the template were adjusted slightly to improve the usability of the template and the clarity of language.
The findings of the final review confirmed that most users view the 8+3 template as a significant improvement compared to existing individual donor templates. The review process underlined that the 8+3 template represents a useful tool to reduce the reporting burden for partners, while providing the necessary information for donors.
At the Annual Meeting of the Grand Bargain, the 8+3 harmonized narrative template was highlighted by the Eminent Person as a success of the Grand Bargain that can now be scaled up. Adopting the finalized template represents a crucial opportunity for Signatories to implement their own individual GB commitments to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements, but also offers an opportunity to achieve collective progress regarding system-wide harmonization. The more donors adopt the 8+3 template as a standard, the greater the benefit of harmonization of the 8+3 template, reducing the reporting burden across the humanitarian system. Some donors and UN agencies have committed to do so already, but more Signatories need to adopt the template in order to achieve the collective progress that the Grand Bargain intends to achieve.
The Co-Conveners of Workstream 9, Germany and ICVA, as well as GPPi remain available to give guidance to Signatories interested in adopting the template.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) 2017 Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action (henceforth referred to as the Policy) was a renewal of the IASC’s commitments to make gender equality and empowerment core to its function of coordinating global humanitarian response efforts. It lays out measures for the IASC at global and field levels to integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (GEEWG) into all its preparedness, response and recovery efforts.
To monitor its own progress and hold itself accountable to the commitments contained within, the IASC also developed an Accountability Framework (AF) to accompany the Policy. The AF focuses on the collective actions of the IASC with regards to GEEWG, monitoring the collective performance of the IASC on standards defined in the Policy, as well as the performance of IASC bodies with regards to fulfilling their roles and responsibilities, as prescribed in the Policy. As such, the overall aims of the AF are:
To monitor the collective actions of the IASC – at both global and field levels - to integrate GEEWG into the coordination of humanitarian response efforts around the world;
To help the IASC to better prioritize its actions with regards to GEEWG and develop a ‘shared agenda’;
To foster a culture of accountability within the IASC in regards to the promotion of gender equality issues.
To allow the IASC to demonstrate where it has fulfilled its commitments.
We would like to invite your organizations to nominate participants for the IASC Emergency Team Leadership Program (ETLP) in French, which will take place in Dakar/Senegal, from 4 to 8 November 2019.
The ETLP program is administered by UNHCR on behalf of the wider IASC, and has been held twice a year in spring and autumn since 2006. The training is a blended learning program with the aim to strengthen emergency team leadership competencies of IASC partners in humanitarian emergency settings.
Participants in this training include the staff of IASC partners, including national NGOs, dealing with humanitarian emergencies. The attached invitation letter in French and background note with the agenda provide you with more information.
Please find below the 2019 Workplan for IASC Results Group 2, as endorsed in August by OPAG. The workplan is a living document with minor changes made to this version improve clarity and relevance on an ongoing basis. If you wish to access the latest working copy of the workplan, please request it from the IASC secretariat RG2 coordinator.
NRC and Humentum are pleased to invite you to the launch event of:
Money Where it Counts
A protocol for harmonised cost classification and financial budgeting and reporting
The event takes place in Brussels on 25 September hosted by ECHO and supported by VOICE.
The purpose of the Money Where It Counts protocol is to introduce sector-wide improvements and harmonisation in cost classification and charging, as well as financial budgeting and reporting. The event is the culmination of a four-year project, and its purpose is not only to present the protocol, but to seek endorsement, buy-in, and support for the next phase of the initiative, for which we envision the creation of a pilot project.
More details can be found in the invitation enclosed. Documents relating to the initiative, as well as the protocol itself, will be shared with registered participants ahead of the event.
RSVP for the event can be done at this LINK by 6 September.
See a generic TOR for use by HCs and HCTs who are recruiting dedicated inter-agency PSEA Coordinator in-country positions. This is part of IOM’s initiative to support the recruitment of PSEA Coordinators by building a capacitated talent pool and harmonizing the role, which will support both RC/HCs in recruiting coordinators as well as the other IASC members who have committed to seat in-country coordinators.