Reaching a general agreement on all decisions is ideal but not always realistic given the pace and volume of decisions that need to be made in humanitarian settings. The HCT should make decisions in a participatory, equitable manner within humanitarian country team meetings and those decisions should be noted for the record and shared with all members of the HCT.
In the case of Level 3 emergencies it is recognized that, “the HC can only be effective as a leader in an L3 emergency if the others within the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) recognize that leadership role and are empowered to meet their own responsibilities, and if actors within the humanitarian architecture abide by their already defined commitments, roles and responsibilities.”
There are two “TA Protocols” that address empowered leadership; the “Concept Paper on ‘Empowered Leadership’” and “Responding to Level 3 Emergencies: What ‘Empowered Leadership’ looks like in practice.”
 IASC Transformative Agenda Reference document, “Concept Paper on ‘Empowered Leadership’” March 2014. http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/iasc/pageloader.aspx?page=content-template-default&bd=87
No. While DHCs are most commonly found in L3 emergencies, they are also deployed in other contexts as needed.
Yes. An Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) occurs within months 9-12 of a L3 declaration and for non-L3s at the specific request of the HC/HCT or other primary stakeholders.
An inter-agency humanitarian evaluation is an independent assessment of results of the collective humanitarian response by member organizations of the IASC to a specific crisis. IAHEs evaluate the extent to which planned collective results have been achieved and how humanitarian reform efforts have contributed to that achievement.
For more information please see the IAHE guidelines.
The IAHE does not replace an individual agency’s own evaluation of their response to a crisis. Additionally, research and advocacy institutions may send evaluation teams looking at a specific issue.
 Please see page 18 of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle reference cycle version 2.0, pending finalization.
It is a mechanism developed as part of the Transformative Agenda (TA) to mobilise adequate means from within the whole of the humanitarian system to respond collectively to a major humanitarian crisis.
It is an exceptional measure designed for exceptional circumstances. The L3 activation supports the activation of specific measures to ensure that the appropriate humanitarian architecture is in place to manage the response. It represents a statement of priority among global crises.
For more information go to: www.humanitarianinfo.org/iasc/downloadDoc.aspx?docID=6459