Background and Objectives
A UNICEF-sponsored training in the IAASC/NATF approach to multi-cluster initial rapid assessment (or “MIRA”) was held in Jordan from 3–6 February 2013. The purpose of the training was to enhance staff capacity to carry out coordinated assessments in major emergencies based on the MIRA approach while ensuring that children are an important focus of the assessment.
The main objectives of the training were to increase participant capacity to use the MIRA approach in a major emergency to enhance work with partners, identify the priority needs of the affected, and produce a joint statement of strategic humanitarian priorities for decision-makers ; and to link UNICEF’s MIRA obligations to Humanitarian Performance Monitoring (HPM) and with the agency’s Core Commitments to Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action.
The training included most of the standard sessions offered in the IASC/NATF MIRA trainings, and included as well a focus on how UNICEF’s focus on the CCCs impacts – and is impacted by – the MIRA inter-agency approach.