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Haiti : Terms of Reference for the Humanitarian Coordinator, 4 May 2009

While the affected State has the primary role in the initiation, organisation, coordination, and implementation of humanitarian assistance within its territory,[1] in situations where a Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is designated s/he is responsible for leading and coordinating humanitarian action[2] of relevant organisations[3] in country with a view to ensuring that it is principled, timely, effective and efficient, and contributes to longer-term recovery. The overall objective is to alleviate human suffering and protect the lives, the livelihoods and dignity of populations in need.

The leadership and coordination role of the HC entails building consensus among relevant organisations involved in humanitarian action and actively facilitating cooperation among them, recognising that the ownership of coordination rests with all relevant organisations. Such role must be carried out in full respect of the mandates and authority of relevant organisations. The HC is guided by international humanitarian and human rights law, and by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

The HC represents the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) in country. 

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
03 May 2009
Document type: 
Terms of Reference
Humanitarian Country Team
Coordination hub(s): 
Port-au-Prince Office