In order to address gaps and improve the effectiveness of emergency response on the part of national NGOs (NNGOs), International Medical Corps is developing training materials that will strengthen the capacity of NNGOs to respond to humanitarian crises and coordinate within the international humanitarian coordination system. The NNGO staff participants will undergo an extensive period of training activities, including both individual study, in-person workshops, work plan development, and on-site support from subject-matter experts. Ultimately, the benefits of this concentrated training program are intended to be spread across all participating organizations. The goal is to employ focused capacity strengthening and organizational development activities to enable the participating NNGOs to be able to better coordinate within the humanitarian system and respond more effectively in emergency situations.
The initiative focuses on 12 NNGOs, selected from across Africa and the Middle East, and aims to work with them to ensure they become more effective actors during a humanitarian crisis and become key emergency responders in their respective countries and regions. The various phases of the project include:
1) Based on the capacity strengthening needs identified assessments to explore the specific gaps identified by the selected NNGOs,
2) A 5-day training at two regional workshops,
3) Post-workshop capacity assessments leading to the development of work plans for targeted on-site interventions by appropriate subject-matter experts over a 6-month period.
The Financial Management in Emergencies Subject Matter Expert (SME) will be available to work with organizations to strengthen capacity in gap areas noted during organizational capacity assessments carried out after the workshop component of the program. S/he will bear primary responsibility for providing a more individualized training approach through periodic onsite visits and continuous follow-up communication from a distance.
The Financial Management in Emergencies SME will provide additional capacity enhancement for each assigned organization through a time-bound phase of individualized support to further build on learning from the regional workshop. S/he will design activities around the specific context and assessed needs of the individual organizations, as well as develop organization-specific workplans based on identified needs.
The Financial Management in Emergencies SME will work in close coordination with the project team, particularly the Project Manager.