Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the oPt Humanitarian Fund (oPt HF) aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs, as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), while retaining flexibility to allocate funds to unforeseen emergency needs and critical gaps as they emerge. In order to meet this goal, the oPt HF has two allocation processes.
Process through which most of the funds will be allocated to ensure funding for priority projects in line with the HRP, usually occurring twice a year after the launch of the annual HRP and following the HRP mid-year review, depending upon funding levels.
The reserve allocation is intended for rapid and flexible allocation of funds in response to unforeseen circumstances, emergencies, or contextually relevant needs. The reserve allocation process is significantly quicker and lighter than the standard allocation process.
The Standard and Reserve Allocations are completed within specified periods of time to allow implementing partners to respond in a timely manner. For all allocations, the HC publishes an allocation strategy paper that specifies the sectors and activities eligible for funding, developed by OCHA in coordination with the relevant Clusters. The oPt HF Advisory Board reviews and endorses the allocation strategy paper.
The allocation strategy paper also lists the key strategic and technical criteria which project proposals must adhere to, such as value for money, monitoring requirements, beneficiary selection, as well as guidance on cross-cutting issues of access, protection mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in humanitarian response.
The project cycle management process for the oPt HF is done through OHA’s Grant Management System (GMS), an online platform allowing for better management and institutional memory of all CBPFs. oPt HF partners use this interface to submit project proposals and reports, and the HFU coordinates project review, monitoring and partner performance.