From Global CP AoR Coordinator (March Edition)
Word from Michael Copland, the Global CP AoR Coordinator
CP AOR Governance
As part of the development of a new governance structure the CP AoR is reaching out through coordination groups to local agencies to ensure the level of contribution of local actors is better reflected in the CP AoR structure which in turn is better aligned and connected with regional and country level through direct representation. The process is detailed but will hopefully lay the foundations for the CP AoR to further enhance the quality of field services as well as advocacy and referrals for guidance development to dedicated bodies such as the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
Promotion of GBV Integration
As part of the CP AoR push to ensure stronger linkages across other coordination groups, based on the request of the child protection country coordination mechanism, the CP AoR has deployed a Gender Based Violence specialist, Megan Lind to Nigeria, to work in cooperation with the GBV AoR to ensure integration of IASC guidelines on GBV including strengthening coordination from child protection on GBV. Megan has returned from Maiduguri mid - March and we look forward to hearing more on her mission and the learning for other contexts.
Having all recently recovered from what was the HNO HRP process 2016, we are keen to support those in the field and push for greater efficiencies in what can be a heavy process, and also to ensure that child protection is receiving attention consistent with the level of needs and scale of required response. To that end we have been working with field based coordinators, collecting data to ensure that advocacy is evidence based (a big thanks for all the inputs).
Identifying and Filling Gaps
Based on feedback in the last quarter of 2016 and analysis of regional focal points and the helpdesk we have identified a critical global gap in guidance, namely in areas linked to mobile programming and remote and third party monitoring. With thanks to all the colleagues involved in sharing emerging practice and gaps, we will be elevating this need for longer term support in the form of guidance development.
With a noticeable shift from donors and UN agencies towards encouraging third party monitoring of programmes - that is, having programme monitoring undertaken by an external group that is not the implementing organization - particularly in large-scale responses, or those with hard-to-reach areas, the lack of guidance specific to child protection, and the safeguarding implications to having external, non-child protection actors monitor and interact with children on potentially sensitive programme areas has been raised as a gap by a small number of contexts. Further research into this areas is required to understand the needs, and there may be need to develop guidance for child protection actors, as well as those looking to fund or implement this monitoring approach to child protection programmes.
In a related vein, in some emergency contexts, the ability to access communities and deliver programmes directly is either challenging or not possible, resulting in programming and services being delivered remotely. This, in turn, raises the need to monitor programmes remotely, without necessarily the traditional staples of direct observation and interaction with the benefiting communities. In contexts where remote programming is underway, child protection actors are considering the particular needs for how to monitor programmes effectively, ensure a strong feedback loop for improvement, and whether additional and adaptive capacity needs are required for this approach. Some of this work will overlap with the piloting of the Situation and Response Monitoring Toolkit in such contexts, notably Syria.