Start Network

CHS Alliance is involved with two exciting and transformational projects with the Start Network, formerly the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA), Start Build portfolio. The Talent Development and Transforming Surge Capacity projects are both designed to develop decentralised approaches to capacity-building and to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response in countries at risk of natural disaster or conflict-related humanitarian emergencies.

Talent Development

This three-year project aims to build the capacity of national humanitarian workers in East Africa, Asia and the Middle East. There are three organisations leading on learning and development programmes:

  • Entry-level Trainee Schemes led by Save the Children UK
  • Context mid-level training led by Oxfam GB
  • Leadership for Humanitarians Training led by Relief International
The CHS Alliance is leading on two cross-cutting strands

Coaching Network

This is a newly established network of in-house, local, regional and global independent coaches. Between 2015 and 2018, over 1000 national humanitarian staff and leaders will have participated in capacity building initiatives in Kenya, Ethiopia, Jordan, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The in-house coaches are made up of national members of staff of INGOs, NGOs and public sector. Both the coaches and the organisations they represent have benefited from the training and the coaching experience.

Since March 2015 the Alliance, working with a team of Global Coaching Experts, have trained and support 115 coaches in Kenya, Jordan, DRC and Bangladesh.

Core Humanitarian Competency Framework

The CHS Alliance is leading the revised Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF) Project. The Alliance promotes the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) as a whole-organisation approach and a common reference standard for quality, accountability and effectiveness. The CHCF provides a complementary tool that works towards commitment 8 of the CHS, focusing on the need for competent and well-managed staff in humanitarian organisations to deliver quality responses. The dissemination of the CHCF framework will therefore work in tandem with the CHS, amongst CHS Alliance members and beyond.

Visit the project page here

Transforming Surge Capacity Project

The Transforming Surge Capacity Project brings together 11 Start Network agencies with ActionAid leading. The project launched at the end of 2014 and project platforms have been set up in Pakistan (local) by ActionAid, the Philippines (local) by Christian Aid, and by Plan International in Thailand (regional) and the UK (international).

Transforming Surge Capacity aims to make surge capacity more effective and efficient across the whole humanitarian sector by promoting collaboration and coordination. It’s about getting everyone to work together to improve and finding new ways to enhance the role of local agencies and external stakeholders.

CHS Alliance is a technical partner in the project and delivers experience, advice and frameworks that guide action. For more information, please visit the project page here

To find out more about either project, please email