Long Term Planning Framework - The Americas Zone 2012-2015 (Version 2 of 26.11.2013)

1. Who are we?

The over 5,000 local branches of the 35 Red Cross National Societies in the Americas provide support and programming to millions of people living in conditions of high vulnerability and risk. The Americas Zone Office (AZO) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), supports National Societies to address key humanitarian trends and challenges by working with them to ensure that they are modern, relevant and influential actors in their own countries.

 The Zone office, located in Panama, houses the Senior Management Team and the seven programming and service units:

  1. urban risk and community resilience 2. disaster and crisis response and early recovery;

  2. logistics;

  3. volunteering and youth mobilisation;

  4. strategic relations and cooperation;

  5. organisational development, learning and innovation; and

  6. support services.

These units are responsible for providing technical support to Regional Representation and Country Coordination Offices, as well as to National Societies in the following areas: quality assurance; development, dissemination and training in initiatives, tools and methodologies; knowledge Regional Representation and Country Coordination Offices are directly responsible for the implementation of IFRC managed projects. Their key role, however, is in providing tailor made support to National Societies in both programming and organisational development. In addition to providing support to National Societies, the two regional offices provide technical support to country offices in the areas of finance, administration and reporting.