Since it was established in 2010, the aim of the TDP Vulnerability Assessment and Profiling (IVAP) project has been to gather data on the location, humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities of people displaced due to the complex emergency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan. Initially piloted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has implemented IVAP since mid-2010.

Need for IVAP

IVAP provides one of the few, and by far the most extensive, sources of data on off-camp displacement in KP/FATA. Over the past five years of operation, IVAP has developed a strong reputation for gathering reliable and unbiased profiling data on displacement as well as providing impartial technical assistance on assessment activities. It is clear from this experience that being aware of and responsive to the changing information needs of the government and the humanitarian community, is central to the success of IVAP.


Humanitarian responses in Pakistan are driven by harmonized data, and targeted towards the priority needs of the most vulnerable displacement-affected persons.


To consistently provide timely, actionable, reliable and accessible profiling data on the needs and vulnerabilities of displacement-affected persons to government, humanitarian and development actors; to increase the utility of family-level data from different sources through the development of a data exchange system; and, to promote a more collaborative data culture through advocacy, capacity building and technical support. This will result in a more cost effective approach to data collection and a common understanding of displacement, needs and vulnerabilities.

Government and humanitarian community support

As a tool of the humanitarian community, IVAP is strongly supported by the provincial government and the Humanitarian Regional and Country Teams. IVAP was originally recommended and approved in 2010 by the KP-based Policy and Strategy Meeting (comprised of humanitarian community, government and military). Whilst the IRC oversees IVAP operations, it is a multi-agency initiative; therefore a good number of the staff involved are seconded by other organizations including UN, PDMA, national and international NGOs. This helps to root IVAP within the humanitarian community, and to increase buy-in and use of the data, simultaneously paving the way to ensuring the sustainability of IVAP by building a pool of staff trained in IVAP surveying in KP.

Our History

  • photo 2010
    92,000 families surveyed in 10 disricts of khyber pukhtunkhwa. 10,000 vulnerable families were registered which were identified during the profiling process.
  • photo 2011
    Sample surveying of 5,102 families was conducted to inform humanitarian programming. Census surveying with UNHCR of about 10,000 families in hangu District of Pakistan and around 7000 families were registered.
  • photo 2012
    Census surveying with UNHCR of 15,500 off-camp families displaced from khyber agency of FATA. Additional sample survying was conducted with protection cluster and Child Protection sub cluster.
  • photo 2013
    Re-census to profile all conflict-affected TDPs currently residing in various districts of khyber pakhtunkhwa and Kurram Agency. Total 82,500 families were profiled. Leadingrole in rapid assessments during displacement from Tirah valley and khyber Agencies of FATA.
  • photo 2014
    Additional data of 57,000 families was collected in 6 Districts of KP. Regular support was extented to humanitarian community in needs assessment, data analysis/cleaning, tools development, methodologies, return intentions surveys and cluster specific assessments.
  • photo 2015
    IVAP’s current phase is focused on the detailed strategic objectives over the next four years (2015 - 2019). The IVAP approach is divided into four objectives. Objective 1 relates specifically to profiling in KP/FATA while Objectives 2, 3 and 4 relate to assessment and profiling activities in Pakistan as a whole.