1.9 Relevance for analysts

At the country and professional levels, the IPC has a number of advantages, including: 

  • Country level
    • The IPC promotes country leadership and ownership. It engages with and relies on country-based experts. It builds in-country capacity for trainers, analysts and decision-makers through a wide-ranging portfolio of capacity development initiatives, including training, cross-country learning and certification, with the aim of producing quality IPC analysis.
    • The IPC promotes among both analysts and decision-makers, cross-sectoral engagement between different stakeholders from relief and development, including governments, donors, United Nations agencies, NGOs and more. It promotes holistic, wide-ranging consideration of multiple topic domains relevant to food security and nutrition. 
    • The IPC also promotes analysis that is consistent with global standards, thus allowing countries to make best use of global practices and generate better quality products.
  • Professional level
    • The IPC provides visibility to the conceptual approach and overall Analytical Framework of the IPC, supporting the development of a set of skills applicable in any food security or malnutrition context, and providing food security and malnutrition analysts with a standard knowledge base.
    • IPC implementation is built on a solid training and certification strategy with opportunities for being certified as Analyst (Level 1), Advanced Analyst and Co-Facilitator (Level 2) and Lead Trainer and Analysis Facilitator (Level 3). As part of the certification process, analysts engage in the IPC as both participants and facilitators, which provides them with valuable professional skills. Capacity-building opportunities through cross-country learning provide analysts with international experience in food security and malnutrition analysis outside of their own countries. 
    • The IPC facilitates access to all the basic templates, guidelines, procedures, supporting documentation and remote support necessary to undertake a full analysis meeting global standards.
    • Through its Community of Practice platform and professional formal and informal networking, the IPC fosters a global community of food security and nutrition analysts, which promotes one-to-one technical support, professional opportunities and information exchanges across and between individual analysts. 

Finally, both at the country and professional levels, the IPC is accessible, free and easy to use. Understanding of the IPC is supported by a range of structures, including support provided by the Global Support Unit, IPC partner organizations, and the global and regional networks of IPC certified trainers/facilitators.