In order to guide the project development, an Advisory Board has been established including representatives from operational organizations and organizations supporting the reflection on, and the and quality process of the humanitarian sector. Members come from different parts of the World (Asia, Africa, MENA and Europe) and a wide range of humanitarian organizations with a diversity of approaches (providing direct assistance and/or protection activities, strengthening local, national or international stakeholders, evaluating, researching and/or counseling humanitarian stakeholders).
Advisory board members are expected to actively participate in all phases of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia. This will include structured input into the selection and analysis of concepts, support to planning and implementing regional workshops, dissemination activities and collaborative efforts including providing organizational research papers and think-pieces.
Terms of Reference of the Advisory Board
The Advisory Board will guide the development of the entire project and will guarantee that the project is properly grounded in the reality of concrete institutional and operational challenges. Members will give it visibility and legitimacy and will assist in disseminating the Encyclopedia within the humanitarian sector.
It is composed of 21 representatives of humanitarian organizations. Members are positioned at strategic levels within their organization and every effort has been made to represent the diversity of the humanitarian community, NGOs and international organizations, Western and non-Western organizations, Dunantist and Wilsonian organizations, Needs-Based and Rights-Based organizations.
The specific responsibilities of the Advisory Board are to:
- Guide the overall strategy
- Critically examine the development of the project
- Provide input at specific stages of the process (e.g. final selection of concepts, usefulness of various products)
- Assess the outcomes of the project to ensure its relevance to the humanitarian sector, e.g. by testing its usefulness within their organization
- Propose an agenda for field based-research on the operationalization of concepts or groups of concepts
- Propose workshops on specific topics
- Develop new ideas for future activities