5. Quality markers

5.1 Gender & Age

The Gender-Age Marker creates a forum for the European Commission’s humanitarian staff and the partners to constructively discuss gender and age in humanitarian aid. Thereby, it aims to make the assistance more sensitive to the differentiated needs and capacities of women, girls, boys and men and increase its quality.

The Gender-Age Marker also ensures coherence with the Commission Staff Working Document on Gender in Humanitarian Aid. It tracks gender and age sensitive actions and financial allocations and allows ECHO to monitor its own performance on integrating gender and age.

ECHO’s Gender-Age Marker builds on lessons learned from existing markers and represents a new generation of assessment tools. This marker has the following innovative characteristics:

For more information, please consult the Gender-Age Marker Toolkit (page 54 to 62)

  • It considers gender issues and explicitly also takes age into account.
  • It assesses proposals and project implementation.
  • It focuses on quality criteria.
  • It is a collaborative learning tool, engaging both UN Agenciess and staff.


5.1.1 Marker Details the UN Agencies will assess its action by answering the 4 quality criteria and selecting the relevant answer: Yes, or not sufficiently. The UN Agencies will use the information provided in Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 to answer the questions.

Based on the answers, each Action will be marked with a score (0-2). The mark will be given using the following scale:

  • The action does not deal directly with affected populations N/A
  • The action meets none or only one criteria: 0
  • The action meets 2 or 3 criteria 1
  • The action meets all 4 criteria 2


5.1. 2 Additional comments and challenges: The UN Agencies will provide additional information relating to gender and age, including for example potential negative effects of the Action and measures to prevent them, measures for integrating gender and age that would have been appropriate but were not or could not be taken or other challenges encountered when integrating gender and age considerations.


5.2 Resilience

Resilience is the ability of an individual, a household, a community, a country or a region to resist, adapt, and quickly recover from a disaster or crisis such as drought, violence, conflict or natural disaster. The resilience marker seeks to enhance the quality of humanitarian actions by:

For more information, please consult ECHO website
the Resilience Marker Assessment Card and the Resilience Marker Guidance

  • Ensuring a systematic consideration and inclusion of resilience considerations in project proposals, implementation and assessment;
  • Creating a platform for partners and ECHO staff to discuss how resilience can best be included in humanitarian programming;
  • Encouraging reflection on what resilience means in practice in different contexts; and
  • Allowing EHCO to monitor its own performance in supporting resilience.

The mark will not influence to decision to fund or not an Action. However, the marker criteria reflect important quality indicators.

5.2.1 Markers Details: the UN Agency will assess its action by answering the 4 quality criteria and selecting the relevant answer: Yes, or not sufficiently. The UN Agency will use the information provided in following sections of the Single Form: 2.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, Chapter 4 and section 7.1, 7.3 to answer the quality criteria.

Based on the answers, each Action will be marked with a score (0-2). The mark will be given using the following scale:

  • The Marker is not applicable N/A
  • The action meets none or only one criteria: 0
  • The action meets 2 or 3 criteria 1
  • The action meets all 4 criteria 2

5.2.2 How does the Action contribute to build resilience or reduce future risk? The UN Agency will provide additional information relating to resilience, including for example: explanations on the aspects of the markers which are not applicable to the Action, possible constraints or challenges in integrating resilience consideration in the Action.