UNDAC Field Handbook (6th edition 2013)
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Handbook is intended as an easily accessible reference guide for members of an UNDAC team before and during a mission to a disaster or emergency. The Handbook is not an authoritative instruction, but rather represents an accumulation of institutional memory related to processes and procedures for coordination as seen in the scope of the UNDAC Standard Terms of Reference.
Its focus is on the “how to”, but also includes sufficient context to ground the user in the mandate of the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The Handbook contains four main groupings of chapters. Chapters A through C present UNDAC’s context, mandate and core methodology. Chapters D through F provide more in-depth information on core UNDAC functions – Coordination (including USAR coordination and the OSOCC), Assessment (including the MIRA methodology) and Information Management (including situational reporting). Chapters G through J cover information needed to successfully and safely perform UNDAC activities – from implementing security measures to survival skills and telecommunications. Chapter Z is a collection of reference materials, including the UNDAC Team Leader guide (Z.8). Although the chapters are written as stand-alone documents, they are intended to be read as a whole as they reference material across chapters.
The sequence of chapters generally follows the progression of typical UNDAC missions.
The UNDAC Handbook has been developed by the Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS) of the Emergency Services Branch (ESB) of OCHA with support from members of the international UNDAC system. It draws on sources of information from a wide variety of international organizations and Governments. FCSS is grateful for these contributions in support of the UNDAC system.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.