Call for Expressions of Interest to join the CHS Steering Committee

22 September 2021

We are about to embark on the first revision of the CHS, to ensure it stays fit for purpose to improve support for people and communities affected by crises.

We have up to five seats available, and we are seeking representatives from:

  • National organisations with experience of responding to crises from Africa, the Middle East and/or Latin America.
  • Network/membership organisations involved in responding to humanitarian crises and representing local voices.
  • People with experience of being recipients of humanitarian assistance and who can bring views of disaster affected communities.

Background – The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) was launched in December 2014 after an extensive consultation period involving hundreds of humanitarian actors from across the globe. It sets out Nine Commitments that organisations have made to people affected by crisis, and helps organisations improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

The CHS is published by Groupe URD, Sphere and CHS Alliance, and is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of representatives of different organisations across the sector.

The Steering Committee ensures the periodic revision of the CHS, and advises on its development, application and promotion. The Committee decides when a revision is necessary, ensures that the process is inclusive of the many diverse agencies and organisations in the sector, listens to the views of people affected by crisis and builds on evidence from the application of the CHS to date. It consists of up to 12 members, to include geographic, organisational and thematic diversity, and strives for a gender balance. See CHS Steering Committee Terms of Reference for full details. It includes:

  • An independent Chair,
  • One representative each from the Boards of the CHS Alliance, Groupe URD and Sphere,
  • A representative from the UN,
  • A representative from the IFRC,
  • Three representatives from national organisations representing different regions,
  • One to two representatives from crisis affected communities or groups,
  • One representative from a CHS verification or certification body,
  • One representative from a network or membership organisation, representing local voices.

Time commitments The Steering Committee will meet at least once a year and more frequently during any CHS revisions. It is estimated that Steering Committee members will dedicate up to six days to the Steering Committee each year with more time required during CHS revisions. The working language of the Steering Committee is English.

To Apply – Please send a short cover letter of no more than two A4 pages outlining your answers to the questions below to  by COB (CET) Wednesday 20 October:

  1. Why are you interested to join the Steering Committee?
  2. What skills and experience you bring?
  3. How would you leverage other partners or communities to engage in the revision process?
  4. Can you commit to up to six days per year for up to three years to the Steering Committee on a voluntary basis?

Interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in November 2021.

Please do share this call with anyone in your network who might be interested.