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HCT overview

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is a strategic and operational decision-making and oversight forum established and led by the HC. Composition includes representatives from the UN, IOM, international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement. Agencies that are also designated Cluster leads should represent the Clusters as well as their respective organizations. The HCT is responsible for agreeing on common strategic issues related to humanitarian action.

The HCT, under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is the centrepiece of the humanitarian coordination architecture. A well functioning HCT that is timely, effective and efficient, and contributes to longer-term recovery will alleviate human suffering and protect the lives, livelihoods and dignity of populations in need. The document aims to provide guidance that can be tailored to specific country situations, as necessary and includes:

  1. Establishment and disestablishment of a Humanitarian Country Team
  2. Responsibilities, such as agreeing on common strategic issues, agreeing on common policies and promoting adherence
  3. Composition of the Humanitarian Country Team
  4. Chairmanship of the Humanitarian Country Team
  5. Modus operandi
  6. Interface with other in-country coordination mechanisms

Tool: Guidance for Humanitarian Country Teams


Matthias Z. Naab
UN Resident Coordinator / Coordonnateur Résident
United Nations Resident Coordinators Office (UNRC)
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