Global Child Protection
Area of Responsibility

April - June 2017

01 Global Child Protection AoR Updates

Displacement Tracking Matrix and Children on the Move
In June 2017, IOM and the UNICEF-led Global CP AoR and Global Education Cluster launched a joint project that aims to help responders better identify the most urgent needs and service gaps affecting children on the move in order to contribute to more prompt and informed humanitarian interventions. This will be achieved by making the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) more child focused through the standardization of content, collection methodology, analysis, and sharing of child-related data at times of major displacement. The IOM DTM systematically captures, processes and disseminates information to provide a better understanding of the movement and evolving needs of displaced populations, whether on site or en-route. For more information on the DTM. please see:

The project will be coordinated by Shannon Hayes, who has 10 years of experience working with INGOs and UNICEF in the management and coordination of humanitarian emergency programmes. Additionally, Shannon has prior experience in the private sector as a business analyst, which involved database management and IT and business processes mapping and improvement.

Improved Links between Child Protection and Nutrition
Based on recent feedback, we have identified a critical global gap in guidance, namely the integration of nutrition, early childhood development, and child protection interventions. Since early 2017, the CP AoR has observed an increase in the number of country level requests for clear, practical guidance concerning how to improve links between nutrition and child protection issues and interventions in emergency settings.  Thus, in late May, the CP AoR and Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) facilitated an inter-agency call between nutrition and child protection actors to take an initial look at current situations in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia, and Yemen.  While coordination between Nutrition and Child Protection has always been relevant, contributions reinforced the need for greater collaboration and included the following:
  • More country examples of integrated assessment and service delivery should be collected
  • Colleagues across contexts would benefit from sharing emerging issues and experiences
  • Future guidance must promote consistent implementation of best practices yet allow for flexibility to contextualize
  • A useful approach would be to consider the conceptual framework for nutrition / malnutrition and then explore how CP interfaces with this framework 
  • This initiative ought to link with the CP Minimum Standards update process and other sectoral integration initiatives and have shared ownership across Nutrition and Child Protection 
In light of this, a draft concept note and Resource Repository have been created to include core tools and examples, identify gaps in mainstreaming and integration guidance for Nutrition and Child Protection actors, and determine a way forward for more standardized guidance.  For more information or to contribute, please contact Michael Copland,, and Lauren Bienkowski,

Child Protection and GBV Integration
As part of the CP AoR's efforts to strengthen linkages across sectors and coordination groups and based upon requests from country-level CP coordination groups, the CP AoR deployed a Gender-based Violence Specialist, Megan Lind, to Nigeria and CAR.  Megan and country teams worked in cooperation with the GBV AoR and promoted utilization of the IASC Guidelines on GBV, emphasizing increased integration of GBV prevention and risk mitigation measures into various sectors and greater coordination between child protection and GBV programming. Megan returned from Maiduguri in mid-March and from CAR at the end of May.  Reports, core guidance and tools, and useful examples can be found here for Nigeria and here for CAR.    

02 Update on Localisation Efforts within the CP AoR 

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) recognised that increased localisation is fundamental to the delivery of a dignified and effective humanitarian response, concluding that humanitarian action should be “as local as possible, as international as necessary.” The associated Grand Bargain emphasized the need to make more deliberate and explicit efforts to better engage with, empower and promote the work of local actors.

There is no standardised definition of localisation, but initiatives tend to focus on one or more of the following areas:
  • Increased participation of local actors in governance, programme design, and decision making
  • Increased resources allocated or available to local actors, coupled with increased commitment to the principles of transparency.
  • More equitable partnerships with local actors (organisations, governments, volunteers, diaspora), providing tailored capacity building and empowering their efforts to retain staff, scale up and sustain their services
We believe that the CP Area of Responsibility offers a unique opportunity to accelerate local engagement. The AoR can facilitate the process of reaching consensus on the nature and interpretation of localisation. It can also mitigate potential competitive responses (over finances, influence, leadership etc) by acting as a neutral broker, whilst promoting evidence based shifts in programme design, capacities, partnership models and resource allocations.

In 2017, our localisation strategy focuses on 3 main areas – governance reform, learning and guidance, and capacity-building. Over the coming three months, we expect to make progress in two of these key areas:
  • Governance reform: The Strategic Advisory Group will meet for the first time in July 2017 and begin its role in providing strategic guidance and oversight. The SAG offers a new opportunity for national actors to play a greater role in our global strategic decision making, and we are exploring ways in which our national representatives can be supported to effectively contribute on behalf of national actors and ensure that national actors can participate in and influence these global level discussions. National actors will be represented by country coordination group members from Nigeria, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Philippines, Columbia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Learning and Guidance: The CP AoR and the Education Cluster are collaborating to develop guidance on localization in the context of humanitarian coordination. This will begin with participatory research on the nature of partnerships and new ways of working, including country level case studies. Through this initiative, we will seek to provide a conceptual framework for localisation, measurement and monitoring methodologies and context specific recommendations for accelerating localization.
For more information on this, or if you have ideas on how we can support localisation at the national and sub-national levels, please contact Anthony Nolan at

03 Rapid Response Team (RRT) Deployment to Somalia

Continued armed violence and the existing volatile and complex security situation make Somalia a hostile environment for children. The drought exacerbates the already precarious situation for children in Somalia. With 6.7 million people being food insecure, existing vulnerabilities of children and families are aggravated. The drought is also uprooting people, with 714,000 displaced since November 2016, adding to the 1.1 million existing internally displaced persons (IDPs).  Read more >> 

04 Global and Regional Events

UPCOMING:  Annual Coordinators and IMO Retreat 
After consultations, we are pleased to confirm that the 2017 Coordinators and IMO Retreat will take place from 07th to 09th September 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.  This is good timing as it coincides with the global annual meeting of child protection in emergencies.  The retreat represents a unique opportunity to bring together country coordinators and IMOs to reflect on coordination challenges, opportunities, and best practices in the field.  This year, we will focus on improving the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) process impacting sectoral and sub-sectoral accountability, visibility, performance, and, ultimately, financial and resources mobilization among other suggested topics.   

 This retreat will bring the coordinators and IMOs from the field to:
  • Consider the strategic and critical role of coordinators, their position, strategic importance and support
  • Strengthen mutual learning on new and common challenges, generate solutions and innovations for coordinators and IMOs in their work
  • Identify strategic priorities for improving coordination and IM in child protection
  • Review support provided from the global level CP AoR to field-based coordination groups, identifying areas for improvement and adjustment
  • Consultations for the development of the CP AoR strategic plan 2018 – 2020
The final agenda and administrative and concept notes will be shared ahead of the retreat. Invitations have been sent out, and please send confirmation of participation to Lauren Bienkowski,

May 2017 Regional Workshop & Niger CP Newsletter (French)
From 15 to 18 May 2017, the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, in partnership with the CP AoR and the Global Partnership to End the Violence against Children, organized a workshop in Dakar with eight Francophone countries, including Burundi, Benin, Mali, Haiti, CAR, Senegal, Madagascar and Niger. The objective was to enhance understanding of the role and involvement of government in child protection coordination, emergency preparedness, and response.  This innovative initiative supports commitments made at the Humanitarian Summit and the Grand Bargain (2016).

<Click here> to read the newsletter (in French), which provides more detail of the workshop and also includes a summary of Niger's work on effective responses for unaccompanied and separated children and integration of child protection into nutrition interventions.  For non-French speakers, we recommend Google translate or reaching out to Lauren Bienkowski ( who can put you in touch with relevant Niger team members.  

Child Protection in Emergencies Project Manager Certificate Course 
Due to capacity gaps identified through the 2015 “Child Protection in Emergencies Capacity Building Mapping & Market Analysis," a six-month CPiE certificate course was developed, specifically for French-speaking professionals. While other certificate and short-term courses had been created, need remained to further professionalise the field of child protection in emergencies for entry and mid-levels practitioners, particularly within Francophone countries.  

Thus, UNICEF WCARO, the CP AoR, Terre des hommes, and the Bioforce Institute partnered to develop a certificate course, consisting of face-to-face learning in Lyon, France for three months as well as a three month work placement for practical application. Topics covered include CPiE fundamentals, coordination skills, information management, advocacy, and child protection mainstreaming.  In June, Bilal Sougou, the Global CP AoR Deputy Coordinator, supported this training through direct facilitation, and twelve programme managers participated. 

05 Team Updates

  • With sadness, we bid farewell to our global Assessment and Measurement Consultant, Layal Sarrouh, who recently completed a visit to Turkey to support the team in Situation and Response Monitoring.  Layal has provided tremendous support to several country teams on assessments and monitoring, and the significant impact of her work will remain.  We sincerely hope our paths cross again soon.  Sanchia Thimanna, Global CP AoR Intern, will also be leaving our team to work in Greece.  Sanchia has given countless hours to assist with and prepare country briefing notes, secondary data reviews, presentations, and so much more. Both Layal and Sanchia will be missed.  
  • Mark Bonyo, RRT IMO, and Sitnour Ali, RRT Coordinator, just returned from South Sudan at the end of June, and RRT Coordinator, Petra Heusser, returned from Somalia at the end of May.  A brief summary of the Somalia visit is in Section 3 of this newsletter.  
  • Michael Copland, CP AoR Global Coordinator, is heading to Kenya and Somalia in early July 2017. 
  • Fred Mugabi, Anthony Nolan, Silvia Pelucchi, and Lauren Bienkowski all recently joined the team. For more information on these new members, see Section 6 of this newsletter.  

06 Introducing New Team Members 

Fred Mugabi is seconded by Child Fund Alliance (CFA) to the CP AoR as Information Management Officer. He has over six years of humanitarian response experience, starting first as an intern with Uganda Reached the Aged Association in Western Uganda. He later joined Hold the Child Organization supporting CPiE and EiE in Jonglei State, South Sudan before moving to the Education Cluster (UNICEF) in 2014 as Information Management Officer, where he double hatted as IMO and Cluster Coordinator in 2015 and backstopped as IMO for the Child Protection Sub-Cluster. Before joining the CP AoR, he was supporting the Education Cluster in Erbil, Iraq. He can be reached at
Anthony Nolan recently joined the CP AoR Team to coordinate Local Engagement work – building on our shared commitment to empower local actors and promote increased local partner participation in leadership and coordination mechanisms, leading to greater influence decision making and increased access to funding. Anthony brings over 12 years of experience in the child protection sector, including child protection in emergencies, justice reform, case management and violence prevention and response, and from a range of countries, including South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, and, most recently,  South Africa. You can contact Anthony at  
Lauren Bienkowski is the CP AoR Help Desk focal point, providing remote support through a query service, CPiE communities of practice, and the CP AoR resource repository. Lauren brings 13 years of relevant experience to this role, specifically programming and coordination experience in Child Protection and Gender-based Violence in emergencies as well as direct social work practice. She has worked in a variety of humanitarian contexts, including Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda, with NGOs and the UN, and provided remote and on-site support to additional countries in MENA and Eastern Africa regions.  You can reach her at
Silvia Pelucchi has joined the CP AoR team as an intern, starting mid-June.   Silvia is a first-year student of International Affairs at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her involvement with child protection and resilience building started in Cape Coast, Ghana, where she worked with a local NGO to grant access to primary and secondary education for rural children, and continued in Rome, Italy, where she collaborated with a regional Onlus that welcomed and supported underage migrants and refugees coming from Afghanistan.
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