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The Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Section (HLSS) works on behalf of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to strengthen the humanitarian coordination leadership function, which is typically performed by:

  • Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/HCs);
  • Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinators (DSRSG/RC/HCs);
  • Stand-alone HCs;
  • Regional HCs (RHCs);
  • Deputy HCs (DHCs);
  • RCs performing humanitarian functions.

Reporting to the Assistant-Secretary-General through the OCHA Director of the Coordination Division (CD), HLSS works on three tracks:

  1. Identifying, screening and grooming candidates for Coordinator positions;
  2. Ensuring that candidates with a humanitarian profile are selected for Coordinator positions;
  3. Improving the knowledge and skills of Coordinators, including leading the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT).

HLSS works closely with the IASC on a fourth track:

       4. Ensuring that HCs are properly managed, appraised, and supported by OCHA headquarters and field offices to lead effective humanitarian action.

Other work-streams of the section include:

  • Addressing expectations and perceptions: to this end, more systematic opportunities for dialogue between Coordinators and their stakeholders are created, in particular by organizing missions of Coordinators to IASC agency headquarters, to donor capitals, and donor missions to the field.
  • Engaging with the RC System: to build synergies with and address constraints arising from the other UN functions that Coordinators may perform (RC, Designated Official (DO), DSRSG). To this end, greater engagement is sought with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO)¸ which respectively govern and support the RC system, as well as with UN entities that backstop other functions (Department of Safety and Security (DSS), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Department of Field Support (DFS)) and entities with a stake in the RC system (Department of Political Affairs (DPA)).