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Operational Peer Review (OPR) is an internal, inter-agency management tool, introduced as part of the IASC Transformative Agenda, which serves as a course corrector and to identify areas for immediate corrective action. OPR is designed to help Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and humanitarian country teams (HCTs) determine whether adjustments or improvements are necessary, and focusses on:

  1. leadership arrangements
  2. implementation of the other phases of the HPC
  3. coordination, and
  4. mechanisms for accountability to affected people.

OPRs are initiated by the HC/HCT, the Emergency Directors Group (EDG) or IASC Principals. For L3 emergencies, Operational Peer Review is a mandatory phase in the HPC and should be conducted within 90 days of the L3 declaration. The output of the OPR process is designed to assist decision-making and corrective action by the HC and HCT. As such the report is internal, to be shared with the HC/HCT and copied to the EDG and IASC Principals. Summaries of the reports will be published on this site.

Guidance is available, and includes a template report. Please be aware that the Guidance is currently under review and will be updated shortly.


OPR Guidance - working draft

The IASC Transformative Agenda introduced the concept of an operational peer review as one of the five elements of the revitalized humanitarian programme cycle. It is designed to be a forwarding-looking, light, brief process. The results are detailed in an internal document.

This draft guidance, currently under review, describes the process for undertaking OPR and includes a report template.

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