Areas of support:
- Coordination of humanitarian assistance
- Humanitarian financing
- Policy support
- Humanitarian access
- Information management
Coordination of humanitarian assistance: OCHA coordinates the humanitarian community’s support to the Government of Pakistan’s response to the ongoing complex emergency in northwest Pakistan, emergency preparedness, coordinated assessments and disaster risk reduction activities. Over US$6 billion has been mobilised for humanitarian assistance in Pakistan since 2005. Since 2013, OCHA coordinated inter-agency capacity building activities, including trainings, benefitting more than 2,300 participants from Government, NGOs, women and the armed forces. The trainings enhanced skills and technical capacities in disaster management and effective coordination.
Humanitarian financing: OCHA manages two pooled-funds mechanisms, the (CERF) and Emergency Response Fund (ERF), which provide assistance for food, water, shelter, health care, nutrition and protection support to people affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies. Since 2007, Pakistan has received more than $182 million from CERF to address urgent humanitarian needs, while the ERF has disbursed approximately $63 million since its inception in 2010.
Policy support: OCHA provides policy guidance to the Humanitarian Country Team on a broad range of issues, including Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines, humanitarian access, gender equality and civil-military coordination. It liaises on policy issues with other humanitarian actors, as well as with donors, on emerging policy trends.
Humanitarian access: OCHA advocates on behalf of the people affected by humanitarian crises through support to the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Government to enhance access by humanitarian organizations to people in need and to facilitate timely and effective provision of assistance. OCHA engages with humanitarian partners, federal and regional government interlocutors, as well as donors, to advocate for timelier processing of travel and project implementation certificates, visas and other requisite documentation. OCHA civil-military coordination activities in Pakistan are designed to enhance humanitarian access in northwest Pakistan.
Information management: OCHA tracks humanitarian responses through a “4W” (Who is doing What, Where, When) matrix and through regular reporting and analysis. It manages a web portal on humanitarian response in Pakistan, www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/pakistan. OCHA also produces and disseminates regular information products to advocate on behalf of people affected by humanitarian crises.
Mr. George Khoury, OCHA Head of Office
A Palestinian national, he started his career with the private sector as an urban planner and then joined the civil service with the Palestinian Authority as assistant to the Governor of Ramallah (1996-1999). In 2000, he joined the UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People -PAPP as a programme officer (2000-2002) and Assistant to the UNDP Special Representative (2003-2006). Later, George served at UNDP headquarters in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in New York as the Head of the Arab States regional division (2007-2010) and the Head of UNDP’s Rapid Response Support Unit (2010-2014). George has extensive experience in humanitarian and recovery work in disaster and complex emergency settings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Thessaly in Greece and Masters in Management and Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.