AUTHOR: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Civil-Military Coordination
LAST UPDATED: June 2015
TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines
KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs, guidelines
FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 158 pages
LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish
ABOUT THE TOOL: “The UN-CMCoord Field Handbook comprises of six chapters and a toolbox. To
make full use of its functions and the toolbox, it is best used online to allow access to linked
documents and references. The chapters can be used individually or in conjunction. The sections
include links to other relevant chapters, guidelines and more detailed resources in the toolbox.
1. Chapters I and II summarize key humanitarian concepts and coordination mechanisms and
outline their relevance and links to the CMCoord function.
2. Chapter III gives an overview of military organizations, mandates, concepts and military staff
functions that could serve as the CMCoord Officer’s counterpart.
3. Chapter IV is an aide memoire for the relevant CMCoord guidelines and principles; it
summarizes the key considerations and explains the roles and responsibilities of OCHA and
CMCoord Officers in implementing the guidelines.
4. Chapters V and VI provide guidance on how to implement the CMCoord tasks in natural
disasters and complex emergencies, respectively. They can be used separately from the rest
of the handbook and serve as a field manual.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for
bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also
ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”
INTENDED USER: Civilian and military organizations operating in the context of humanitarian relief
operations and complex emergencies, including commanders of deployed forces in support of the
UN humanitarian agencies and liaison officers coordinating humanitarian activities with military