About Us

Mandate:   
LHIF is an independent coordinating body composed of international NGOs operating in Lebanon that facilitates the work of its members to address the needs of the most vulnerable.

Purpose & Vision:
LHIF provides a joint platform to facilitate members’ humanitarian work and help members to efficiently and effectively address key issues of common interest. LHIF aspires to be an inclusive, representative and independent forum that is out in front on key humanitarian issues and helping to enable a  functional, integrated response architecture that better identifies and serves the most vulnerable.


History:
LHIF was formed in October 2012 to provide a common platform for advocacy among international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon and to facilitate representation of INGOs within the Humanitarian Country Team and other inter-agency coordination mechanisms. LHIF expanded both its mandate and membership throughout 2013 looking more broadly at the overall  crisis in Lebanon and formally adopting coordination as part of its mandate. LHIF established a permanent Secretariat with dedicated full-time staff in  October 2013.

Leadership:    
The Plenary Assembly of all members is LHIF's strategic decision-making body. A five-member Steering Committee is elected every six months, has primary responsibility for representation, and is empowered with tactical decision-making authority to move forward strategic decisions made by the Plenary. One Steering Committee member is elected as the Chair. The Secretariat, under the leadership of the Country Coordinator and reporting to the Steering Committee, supports the fulfilment of LHIF's purpose, vision and core functions.

The current LHIF Steering Committee for the period from May 2017 - October 2017 is IRC (chair), Mercy Corps, ACF, DRC and IOCC.

Representation:
LHIF facilitates INGO representation at the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) Steering Committee, the Humanitarian Country Team, and other multi-stakeholder leadership and coordination bodies, as well as with the Government of Lebanon, UN, donors and diplomatic community, national civil society, and other external stakeholders as authorized and on issues agreed by the membership. LHIF also supports and works to enhance engagement of NGOs throughout response planning and coordination mechanisms.


LHIF Secretariat:
Camilla Jelbart Mosse, Country Coordinator
Farah Anouty, Admin Assistant

The LHIF Secretariat is administratively hosted and supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council and funded by the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department of the European Commission (ECHO).