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Tools relevant to a particular phase of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) appear in the Toolbox under the relevant phase. Please see the menu along the left side of your screen.

This page hosts tools and resources relevant to the HPC as a whole.

Humanitarian Profile Support Guidance

The objective of the Humanitarian Profile Support Guidance is to provide an overview of definitions, methods and good practice on how to derive overall, inter-sectoral humanitarian population figures. The guidance is intended for colleagues who are tasked with estimating humanitarian population figures and are facilitating, or participating in joint analysis, planning and response monitoring.

Organization(s): 
Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Original Publication Date: 
17 May 2016
Document type: 
Guidelines
Theme(s): 
Humanitarian Profile
Information Management
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Monitoring and Evaluation
Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment
Needs Assessment
Strategic Planning

IASC Reference Module for the Humanitarian Programme Cycle

 The Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module establishes the overarching policy for the application of the cycle in humanitarian crises globally.  It is meant primarily for managers of organizations that prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.  It provides an overview of what needs to be done, when and by whom, to enable managers to allocate staff and tasks, sequence decisions and planning, and identify priorities.  It does not describe how to do each action.  For this managers should refer to the technical guidance and templates, current versions of which can be found on this site..

The HPC Reference Module is avaiable in Arabic, English and French.

Organization(s): 
Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Original Publication Date: 
13 Aug 2015
Document type: 
Guidelines
Theme(s): 
Monitoring and Evaluation
Needs Assessment
Resource Mobilisation
Strategic Planning

Cheat Sheet

10 Steps to Annual or Multi-Year Planning

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
08 Oct 2014
Document type: 
Tip Sheet

Indicator Registry

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The humanitarian indicator registry, developed by global clusters, compliments the IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle reference module. As these markers cannot be standardised because emergencies and country contexts vary, it is recommended that indicators be listed as "key to allow comparison of needs and response monitoring across countries. Enhancements and revisions to the registry are currently under way, with changes expected including periodic field updates, and better compilation of multi-sectoral indicator selections.

The Indicator Registry has its own space on this site; access it here.

HPC Calendar

Sample Programme Cycle Calendar

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
10 Sep 2014
Document type: 
Tool

Overview of HPC process

Needs-based Strategic Planning and Monitoring

A practical overview of the process required to undertake needs-based strategic planning and monitoring. 

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
08 Oct 2014
Document type: 
Handbook or Manual

Programme cycle overview presentation

HPC Presentation

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
29 Oct 2013
Document type: 
Presentation

Introductory webinars

In preparation for the 2015 planning cycle, PSB staff held several webinars for OCHA field practiitioners. These focussed on the revised Guidance and templates for producing Humanitarian Needs Overviews, Strategic Response Plans and Periodic Monitoring Reports.

Download the presentation here. Or watch a recording of the webinar on YouTube, in French or English

Posting HPC documents

A brief how-to on publishing Humanitarian Programme Cycle products (Humanitarian Needs Overviews, Strategic Reponse Plans, Periodic Monitoring Reports) to this website.

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
24 Oct 2014
Document type: 
Standard Operating Procedures
Theme(s): 
Information Management