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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.

Comité Interinstitucional Permanente
Original Publication Date: 
17 Mayo 2016
Document type: 
Perfil Humanitario
Gestión de información
Coordinación inter-clústers
Seguimiento y Evaluación
Rápida Evaluación Previa del Multi-Clúster
Evaluación de las necesidades
Strategic Planning


IASC Guidelines on CODs in Disaster Preparedness and Response

This document provides the general framework of the CODs and FODs.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
- Grupo privado -
Original Publication Date: 
13 Ago 2013
Document type: 

Guidance annex

HNO Annex - Environment marker

Tips for developing an environmentally sensitive humanitarian needs overview

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Oficina de Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios de las Naciones Unidas
Original Publication Date: 
25 Ago 2014
Document type: 

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.

KoBo Toolbox

KoBo Toolbox is a free, open-source software suite for digital data collection in challenging environments, developed collaboratively by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, International Rescue Committee and OCHA. KoBo Toolbox allows rapid generation of standardized electronic forms by non-technical staff, digital data collection using mobile phones and tablets, and analysis of data without the delays and margins for error of transcription. 

KoBo Toolbox has its own space on this site. Find it here. 

Needs Comparison Tool (NCT)

Using a methodology for vulnerability and severity ranking is recommended to condense large amounts of humanitarian needs information into a format that allows for comparison and discussion. OCHA has developed a standardised, Excel-based humanitarian needs comparison tool based on field practice. Guidance on the tool is available for download here, as well as technical instructions on its use. 
Example from the field:

Training Archive

For a list of needs assessment training events and their associated documents, click here.

Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS)

ACPAS works to support and strengthen capacities to carry out better multi-sector assessments and to bring together practitioners dedicated to improving and sharing best practices.

» ACAPS website

» Global Emergency Overview (GEO)


Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network

The CDAC Network works to ensure that people affected by crisis are well informed and actively communicating with those responding to the crisis including through media and technology channels.

» CDAC Network website


Disaster Information Management System (DesInventar)

The DesInventar is a conceptual and methodological tool for the generation of National Disaster Inventories and the construction of databases of damage, losses and in general the effects of disasters.

» DesInventar website


Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

GDACS provides alerts and impact estimations after major disasters through a multi-hazard disaster impact assessment service.

» GDACs website


Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPs)

The JIPs provides support in collecting reliable information about IDPs, disaggregated by sex, age and location through on-site and remote support, (field) trainings, profiling tools and guidance and advocacy.

» JIPs website


KENYA Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA)

KIRA site has been developed to support humanitarian actors during the design and operationalisation of a multi-sector, multi-agency rapid assessment for Kenya.

» KIRA website


Profiling and Assessment Resource Kit (PARK)

The PARK is a collection of over a thousand tools and guidelines related to IDP profiling and assessments of humanitarian situations.

» PARK website


UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)

UNOSAT is a technology-intensive programme delivering imagery analysis and satellite solutions to relief and development organisations within and outside the UN system.

» UNOSAT website



Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

» Ushahidi website