STAIT learning missions aim to capture practical examples of “good practice” from field operations with a particular focus on collective leadership.
Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) often ask for practical examples of how key collective challenges have been addressed in different contexts. They also ask for the exchange of ideas and products that are tailored to their needs and timeframes. Working with the relevant interagency bodies and organisations, STAIT learning missions seek to capture the practical steps used by senior field leaders to overcome common challenges through collective efforts.
Reflecting the inter-agency approach of the STAIT, the learning team includes senior humanitarian practitioners from the UN and NGOs. The team works with relevant stakeholders in-country, including the HC, members of the HCT, Inter-Cluster Coordination Group and clusters, international and national NGOs, and other humanitarian stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels.
Mission teams conduct structured interviews with key experts and practitioners, as well as some group discussions, to understand how they have addressed challenges they have faced in their operation. The approach is participatory, with interviews structured around the key areas of enquiry for the specific mission. The missions are supported by desk reviews and consultations with key subject matter specialists from NGOs, UN and academic institutions.
Following the missions, the team produces short, user-friendly products targeting humanitarian leaders that aim to facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences between humanitarian leaders. These can include informative sheets, animation videos, and interviews (audio and video) with HCs.
The STAIT works closely with the relevant inter-agency bodies responsible for the thematic area and with the Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Unit for sharing the learning with HCs.
Learnings are also taken up from OPR and STAIT missions and used to inform policy processes where appropriate.