P2P Support missions (formerly known as STAIT missions) are carried out at the request of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors’ Group (EDG) and the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) in countries affected by a humanitarian crisis. They are tailored to the needs of the operation and country context.
P2P Support missions are light reviews of a humanitarian operation. They involve a bottom-up approach and look at the Transformative Agenda pillars of leadership, coordination, and accountability to affected people.
Missions are often requested to look at other issues impacting the effectiveness of the response. Typical examples include protection, delivery, access/security, and the link between relief and development.
Reflecting the inter-agency approach of the P2P team, mission teams include senior humanitarian practitioners from the UN, NGOs, and other members of the IASC. The team works actively with the HC, HCT, Inter-cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) and clusters, international and national NGOs, and other humanitarian stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels.
P2P Support missions use an approach similar to Operational Peer Reviews (OPR). The methodology typically involves:
"In 2014 and 2015, the most common issues included protection, delivery, access/security and the links between relief and development."
During a final retreat with the HCT, the team presents the main issues and good practices that have emerged during the mission. The team supports the HCT to adopt a tailor made action plan.
The final mission report and HCT action plan is shared with the IASC EDG. Within three to five months, the HC provides an update to the Emergency Relief Coordinator and IASC EDG on progress towards implementing the plan.
In the last two years, the P2P team has completed P2P Support missions in Niger, Sudan, Yemen, the Central African Republic, Chad and Pakistan. OPR missions have also been completed by the P2P team in the Philippines, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen and the Syria response.
Learnings from both OPR and P2P support missions are taken up by the P2P team to promote good practices across field leaders and practitioners. The learnings are also used to inform policy processes where appropriate.