Philippines Module 2 Management

The WASH Cluster's Leadership and Coordination Training requires that all participants have a basic level of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills related to coordination prior to arriving.

We have therefore prepared THREE modules with accompanying assignments to be completed and submitted according to specified due dates. 

Many thanks to the Education Cluster in their contribution to the development of the training. 

Module 2a: IASC Reference Module for the Implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)

Module 2a : IASC Reference Module for the Implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) DUE: 12 FEB 2016


Theory: The Humanitarian Programme Cycle: Reference Module


  1. Read the entirety of the HPC Reference Module (see below or click on the link above)
  2. Complete the following post-reading quiz


What is the purpose of the “Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)

  • Jointly define the overall shape of the response and understand what needs to be done at a given moment in line with agreed objectives in order to ensure a more coherent, effective and accountable response
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of international humanitarian actors and the way that they interact with each other, with national and local authorities, with civil society, and with people affected by crises
  • Assist the Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection through better preparing, prioritizing, steering and monitoring the collective response through informed decision-making
  • Provide a standard and adaptable set of tools for use in humanitarian crises globally
  • Influence programming and resource allocations of all actors – including United Nations (UN) agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and governments
  • Ensure that humanitarian response delivers life-saving assistance to those in need
Select all that apply.

The Humanitarian Program Cycle applies to all humanitarian crises (except refugee crisis), but its process, timeline, tools and documents can be used flexibly and be adapted to the circumstances/needs of the particular emergency at hand

  • True
  • False

The Humanitarian Program Cycle distinguishes and provides different flexible timelines of implementation for which two types of emergencies?

  • War and Peace (Война и мир)
  • L3 and L4
  • Natural and man made
  • Response and Recovery
  • Sudden onset/escalations and Protracted
Select the correct answer.

The Reference Module is a protocol developed to support the implementation of which following IASC initiative?

  • COP 21
  • Agenda 2015
  • IASC Transformative Agenda
Select the correct answer.

Which is not an element of the “Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)”?

  • Emergency Response Preparedness
  • Needs Assessment and Analysis
  • Strategic Response Planning
  • Implementation and Monitoring
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Rest and Recuperation
  • Operational Peer Review and Evaluation
Select the correct answer.

Why are the assessment and/or secondary data collection and analysis and the development of the Humanitarian Needs Overview/MIRA Report so important?

  • The HNO/MIRA report will inform objectives, strategies and funding requirements in the HRP, which in turn serves as the basis for implementing and monitoring the collective response
  • The HNO/MIRA report are the primary document utilized for resource mobilization documents and their persuasiveness crucial for the entire funding of the humanitarian response
  • The HNO/MIRA report provides Cluster partners with clear guidance on strategies and activities to implement to address humanitarian crisis.
Select the correct answer.

What is the purpose of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)?

  • To set the direction and strategic objectives of the humanitarian response.
  • To indicate each cluster/sector’s contribution toward meeting the strategic objectives.
  • To provide strategic objectives, indicators and targets for monitoring progress.
  • To ensure the contextual, institutional and programmatic risks to the achievement of the strategic objectives are identified.
  • To link to the existing development plan (if applicable) and indicate how the response will provide a path into recovery and build resilience.
  • To mobilize resources for the humanitarian response
Select all that apply.

What are the different steps of the development of the HRP?

Please match the the descriptions with the order in which the HRP development steps are usually taken.
  • Review the HNO and identify capacities, assets and operational constraints in order to determine how to address needs in a given context.
    Step 1
  • Convene a meeting or workshop of humanitarian stakeholders to review the ‘response analysis’ and lines the boundaries, sets priorities within those boundaries and assumptions. Agree on strategic objectives and indicators
    Step 2
  • Hold cluster/sector meetings to determine cluster/ sector objectives and key activities – in line with the strategic objectives – and then (if applicable) prepare projects according to an agreed process, criteria and a division of labour
    Step 3
  • Draft/compile the humanitarian response plan and circulate it to the HC and HCT for validation
    Step 4
  • Consult government, development actors, civil society and affected people throughout
    Step 5
  • Disseminate the plan broadly to ensure its use in each organization’s programming and fundraising
    Step 6
  • Use the strategic objectives and indicators to develop a response monitoring framework and as the basis of reporting on results in the periodic monitoring report.
    Step 7

What are the Steps of Humanitarian Response Plan Monitoring?

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Inputs, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes, Impact
  • Preparation, Monitoring and Reporting
Select the correct answer.

What are some of the donor considerations to keep in mind as a Coordinator?

  • The credibility and accuracy of assessed needs
  • The strategy and response priorities
  • The perceived reasonableness of funding requirements
  • Perception of the ‘collectiveness’ of engagement under the programme cycle
Select all that apply.

Who is responsible for resource mobilization for the HRP?

  • The Humanitarian Coordinator
  • The Humanitarian Country Team
  • OCHA
  • Clusters/sectors
Select all that apply.

What are some possibilities for resource mobilization?

  • Briefings for donors on needs, strategy and funding requirements
  • Fundraising brochures/pamphlets, infographics, or other documents, which tell a compelling story focused on people in need and the impact of funding/underfunding
  • Live 8 concerts
  • Regular, up-to-date reporting on pledges and contributions
  • Applications to Common Funds (through OCHA)
  • Wait and See
  • Donor pledging conferences
Select all that apply.

What are cross-cutting topics to consider in the Humanitarian Program Cycle to ensure quality and accountability of the response?

  • Accountability to Affected People
  • Minimum Standards
  • Protection
  • Cross cutting issues and Gender Equality
  • Environment
  • Exit and Early Recovery
Select all that apply.

Well done for completing section a of the module. Please complete section b to finish the module!

Module 2b: PMD Pro Guide, Logical Framework Refresher

Module 2b: PMD Pro Guide, Logical Framework Refresher

Theory: A Guide to the PMD Pro Project Management for Development Professionals

One of the principle tools used to establish the logic of development projects is the logical framework (logframe) matrix. The logical framework is an analytical tool used to plan, monitor and evaluate projects. It derives its name from the logical linkages set out by the planner(s) to connect a project’s means with its ends. 


  1. Read the logical framework section of the PMD Pro Guide (see below or click on the link above for the full guide from which the below excerpt is taken.)

  2. Complete the following post-reading quiz.

Many thanks to PM4NGOs for granting the use of the PMD Pro Guide.

What are the underlying objectives of a logical framework? (Select all that apply.)

  • It is a systematic tool for organizing the project thinking and identifying relationships between resources, activities, and project results.
  • It is a tool that outlines the budget of a project or programme.
  • It is a visual way of presenting and sharing the project intervention logic.
  • It is a tool to identify and assess risks inherent in the proposed project design.
  • It is a framework developed to apply for institutional funding.
  • It is a tool for measuring progress through indicators and means of verification.

Match the term with it's appropriate definition. Please note this is according to the PMD Pro Guide.

  • 4. Activities
    Actions taken through which inputs are mobilized to produce the deliverables of a project for which staff can be held accountable and which, when aggregated, produce outputs.
  • 3. Outputs
    Tangible deliverables resulting from project activities. They include products, goods, services and changes that aggregate and contribute to outcomes.
  • 2. Outcomes
    What the project expects to accomplish at the beneficiary level and contribute to population-­level changes that aggregate and help bring about accomplishment of goals and impact over time.
  • 1. Goals
    The highest level desired end results or impacts to which the project contributes (the ultimate objective in many logical frameworks).
  • Indicator
    Depict the extent to which a project is accomplishing its planned inputs, outputs, outcomes & goals. They communicate in specific, measurable terms the performance to be achieved at each level of change.

Build the elements of a the logical framework below.

  • Goal
  • Outcome(s)
  • Outputs
  • Activities
  • Project Description
  • Indicators
  • Means of Verification
  • Assumptions

Indicators in logical frameworks need to SMART. What does SMART stand for?






Match the examples to the correct title in the logical framework.

  • 1. Goal
    The health status of targeted vulnerable population in XX in terms of preventable communicable diseases is improved.
  • 2. Outcomes
    The health condition of targeted communities is improved through better access to clean water, use of latrines, and increased health promotion.
  • 3. Outputs
    XXX inhabitants from XX communities have access to safe drinking water through the construction and/or rehabilitation of water systems.
  • 4. Activities
    Assess situation of spring water supply system in targeted villages; Procure and deliver building materials; Create water committees in communities.

Thank you for your hard work in completing this module!