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The AWG is a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder group that supports coordinated needs assessment, harmonization of data collection, and joint analysis to inform strategic and operational decisions related to the humanitarian situation in Iraq. The AWG is set up as a task and output-oriented working group in support of the ICCG and will receive direct guidance and/or tasks from the ICCG.

The main objective of the AWG is to support the national ICCG to deliver on the workplan and agreed priorities related to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) by serving as a forum for consultations, preparations and roll-out of coordinated multi-sectoral needs assessments and joint analysis to provide an evidence-base on the humanitarian needs of populations affected directly by a crisis.

Chairing and membership: OCHA chairs the AWG with REACH Initiative acting as the co-chair. Clusters and key stakeholders with assessments and analysis responsibilitie are represented by one assessment focal point selected from within their respective teams.

Meeting frequency: AWG aims to meet once a month, with the possibility to meet more frequently if required. During peak months for the HNO process, the frequency may be increased to two times a month.

Iraq Assessment Registry

The register of all assessments conducted in Iraq can be accessed here. This OCHA-managed service is open to all humanitarian actors to share and search for relevant assessments, providing a way for oragnizations to discover assessments that have already been undertaken and avoid unnecessary survey fatigue. For more information, refer to the note Introduction to Assessment Registry refer to the Iraq guidance note found here

Learning opportunities (selection)

Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM) training: CAIM is a basic level training course offered by OCHA globally, designed for an audience who already have some conceptual knowledge and skills in needs assessment and analysis with at least some practical experience (here). 

Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings (ATAHS) Course: The ATHAS course is designed to improve analysis in humanitarian settings. It refreshes knowledge and skills in specific analysis methods and tools for selected experienced OCHA staff members and relevant operational partners.

Coordinated needs assessments: This course has been prepared by KoBoToolbox at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in collaboration with UNOCHA. The course is free. Upon completion, a certificate of participation from the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard is offered. Humanitarian Needs Assessment Training by Harvard.

Admin & Coordination

Iraq Assessment Resources and Tools

This section presents key tools and resources developed by the AWG members since the establishment of the working group in 2017.

  • Catalogue of Assessment Tools: a mapping of the main assessment tools used in Iraq as of mid-2018. The AWG plans to update the document in 2021.
    Access the earlier mapping here.
  • Common Database of Indicators: a repository of Cluster-generated and -endorsed humanitarian needs indicators specific for Iraq developed in mid-2018. Although work on needs assessments indicators in Iraq evolved in line with global requirements, particularly JIAF-related work, the 2018 list of indicators and guidance note will remain public for reference to all partners interested in designing assessments surveys. Access the database of indicators here.
  • Rapid Needs Assessment Toolkit: the package includes the survey for conducting rapid needs assessments in English and Arabic and associated training materials. This tool is currently not active and would require updating to match the current humanitarian context. It is linked here for reference for partners who are interested in reviewing the survey and the training materials for rapid needs assessments. Access RNA questionnaire, training material and RNA reports here.

Key Contacts

Alexandra Lazau-Ratz
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)