Making the two-way relationship work between the strategic and operational leadership: HCT and ICCG linkages

Thursday 13th December 2018

Mr. Neil Buhne Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator, Pakistan & Dr. Alexandra de Sousa Inter-Cluster Coordination Group Coordinator, Ethiopia REGISTER HERE

New York 08:00;   Dakar 13:00;   Geneva 14:00;  Amman 15:00;   Addis Ababa / Nairobi 16:00;   Islamabad 18:00

In many humanitarian reviews and evaluations, weak collaboration between different components of the coordination architecture is often cited as contributing to a less effective humanitarian response.  Operational Peer Reviews and P2P mission findings corroborate this statement, identifying oftentimes a disconnect occurring between the strategic leadership (HCT) and the group that is responsible for operationalising the humanitarian response (ICCG). This can happen when the HCT doesn’t provide sufficient strategic guidance to the ICCG to operationalize the response, or when the ICCG doesn’t provide the HCT with sufficient information and analysis to take strategic decisions.

How to overcome these challenges? How can HCTs and ICCG turn this relationship into a productive collaboration supporting the delivery of an effective humanitarian response?

This webinar will provide a platform to illustrate with field examples the steps that can be taken to establish effective interlinkages between the two coordination bodies. Neil Buhne, HC/RC in Pakistan, and Alexandra de Sousa, ICCG coordinator in Ethiopia, will share their views and experiences of a well-functioning relationship in their operations, as well as lessons learned from the challenges they have been confronted with.

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Facilitator: Mr. Gareth Price-Jones, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CARE Questions are welcome in advance of the webinar You can e-mail questions to the Peer-2-Peer project before the webinar or submit them to the presenters live during the webinar, via the chat function. All documents relevant to this webinar and a recording of the event (and previous webinars) are posted on the P2P Support website. We hope you can join us for the webinar! Panellists Mr. Neil Buhne, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator, Pakistan

Neil Buhne has been appointed Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator in Pakistan in September 2015. Prior to this position he served in Geneva as the Director of the UNDP Geneva office in 2014 and 2015, and from 2011 to 2013 as Director of the Geneva office of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR).

Mr. Buhne brings to his position 12 years of experience serving as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in three countries. From 2007 until February 2011 he served as Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka during the last years of the conflict and the first years of recovery afterwards. From 2003 to 2007 he was RC/RR in Bulgaria, which at the time was the largest UNDP programme in Europe and the CIS, and before that, from 1999 to 2003, he was RC/RR in Belarus.

Prior to these appointments, Mr. Buhne spent many years in the field with UNDP, including in Malaysia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

Dr. Alexandra de Sousa, Inter-Cluster Coordination Group Coordinator, Ethiopia

Alexandra de Sousa is OCHA’s Deputy Head of Office in Ethiopia and the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group Coordinator. Before taken up this position, she assumed the roles of OCHA’s Deputy Head of Office in Pakistan and Team Leader for Syria. She has also been UNMEER’s Chief of Social Mobilization and Community Engagement for the Ebola crisis in Guinea Conakry. Previous to that experience, she was UNICEF’s Chief of Social Policy and Chief of Child Protection in Baghdad, Iraq.

Dr. de Sousa joined the development and humanitarian sectors first through UNICEF Head Quarters in New York (where she established the first unit on research implementation in several countries in Africa) and later in WHO in Geneva (where she served as a Senior Advisor in Policy and Planning). She previously worked with governments and non-governmental organizations as well as academic institutions and think tanks in Guinea Bissau and Brazil.

Dr. de Sousa is a medical doctor and anthropologist with a double PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. She served as an Associate Researcher and Lecturer at Albert Einstein, Rockefeller and Harvard Universities.

Facilitator Mr. Gareth Price-Jones, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CARE

Gareth Price-Jones, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, leads the humanitarian policy side of CARE’s work from the CARE International HQ in Geneva. He has over 17 years’ senior experience with INGOs, working in eleven countries, mainly in Asia, and has led operational responses in a number of contexts including the Asian Tsunami, the Haiti Earthquake and in Syria during the current conflict.

Mr. Price-Jones has been a leader in developing consortium and umbrella approaches in several countries, particularly in the closing stages of Sri Lanka's war through OFDA's SHARE program and more recently in Bangladesh through ECB and the NARRI Consortium.

Before joining CARE in 2015, Mr. Price-Jones was Oxfam’s Humanitarian Affairs Representative in Geneva, where he brought his practical experience as a country director and member of clusters and Humanitarian Country Teams. He was actively engaged in the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, leading first Oxfam, and then CARE’s policy engagement and contributing to WHS consultations in South Asia, Europe and globally, and leads CARE’s engagement with the Grand Bargain and other major initiatives.

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