Global Child Protection
Area of Responsibility

Newsletter 
October - December 2017

01 Global Child Protection AoR Updates


Annual CP AoR Coordination Survey Results
In July 2017, the CP AoR Annual Coordination Survey was sent out, and, by the beginning of September, twenty-one respondents, representing twenty countries, had completed the survey. The final report can be found here>>.  Top findings include:  
  • There is wide local engagement in child protection coordination groups, including an increase of national NGO participation.This year, the reported number of national NGOs engaged at the national and sub-national coordination levels increased by at least 12% compared with previous years (2014 – 2016).  National NGOs make up over 60% of membership in the majority of responding country coordination groups.  
  • Only half of Child Protection Coordinators have a dedicated coordination role, meaning many continue to “double hat” and have both program management and coordination roles.  Of respondents, 35% reported having a role that is fully dedicated to coordination.  According to CP AoR 2017 records however, about half of CP coordinators have dedicated roles, and only 40% of Information Management Officers (IMOs) have a dedicated role.
  • Child protection funding remains one of the biggest challenges faced by child protection actors and coordination groups.  Fifty per cent of groups reported a marginal or substantial decrease in funding this year; whereas, in 2016, 57% of CP groups reported a funding increase. In fact, ten countries ranked “lack of sufficient funding” as the top or second main challenge they face.
  • The top three challenges reported by coordination groups included lack of sufficient funds, low CP technical capacity, and low child protection visibility. 
For questions regarding the survey, please contact the CP AoR at cp-aor@unicef.org. 

Key Considerations for Mobile Programming 
In response to a significant number of CP AoR Help Desk requests for guidance and examples of mobile programming over the last several months, the AoR team in collaboration with field-based CP coordinators developed key considerations and a resource menu to be referenced when deciding if a mobile approach is contextually appropriate and to support the design of mobile interventions.  

These key considerations reflect a more immediate working document to assist field coordinators and, as such, will be updated as often as necessary as an interim resource while the Alliance Community-based Child Protection Task Force develops a more comprehensive, evidence-based guide.  

The Resource Menu includes examples gathered from the CP AoR, Global Protection Cluster, and GBV AoR and represents promising practices in the area of protection-related mobile service delivery.  Click here to view the Key Considerations and Resource Menu, available in English, French, and Spanish.

Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) Revision Process
Be a part of the CPMS revision!
Have you noted areas you wish were different or that better reflected your context in the CPMS?  Have your say in the revision of the CPMS!   Here are three ways to be involved:
  1. Participate as an expert reference group member.  Reference group members have first and final peer reviews of the new drafts in March and October 2018. Child Protection Coordinators are encouraged to participate. The Alliance’s CPMS Working Group is also looking for recommendations of local agencies and government representatives to participate in reference groups.  Please contact Susan (sws@tdh.ch) and Minja (minja.peuschel@rb.se) to participate or recommend agencies from your coordination group.
  2. Organise a consultation session for your coordination group.  From June to August 2018, a draft of the revised CPMS will be open for comment.  Guidance for holding in-person sessions will be available in the spring.  You can add this action to your coordination group’s work plan in 2018, and be in touch with the CP AoR Help Desk, Susan, and Minja with any questions.
  3. Fill in the online consultation tool.   During the same period of June to August, an online consultation tool will be available for individuals to complete. 
The CP AoR is leading the revision of Standard 1: Coordination, Standard 5: Information Management and the mainstreaming standards (standards 19-27) in coordination with the CPMS Working Group.  The mainstreaming standards will be changed to Integrated Approaches and Standards to Work across Sectors.

The aim of the revision is for the CPMS to reflect up-to-date learning and be better adapted for use by national agencies and first responders in order to have legitimacy through a rigorous process and have a clearly articulated evidence base. The 2nd edition is expected to be released in Spring 2019. Click here for a short video on the revision and further information. 

02 Rapid Response Team (RRT) Deployment to Cox's Bazar to Strengthen Coordination and Information Management

Since 25 August 2017, Bangladesh has seen an unparalleled arrival of Rohingya refugees fleeing targeted violence and horrific human rights abuses in Myanmar. To date, more than 655,000 people have crossed the border. Coupled with the pre-existing refugee population, there are now more than 858,600 people in Cox’s Bazar in need of humanitarian assistance; 55% of whom are children. Refugees speak of seeing both children and adults killed brutally and women and girls targeted for sexual violence. All are in desperate need of food, medical aid, shelter, and critical social services.

The most urgent child protection issues to be addressed are psychosocial distress, children separated from their caregivers, child-headed households, gender-based violence (GBV), including high risks of rape, sexual assault and widespread child marriage, as well as high risk of child labor and trafficking. For more detailed information on the child protection needs and risks, see the Secondary Data Review from November 2017.

The CP AoR deployed two RRT members for a total of 15 weeks: Mark Bonyo, RRT Information Management Specialist and Petra Heusser, RRT Coordination Specialist.  “The influx happened at a speed the world has not witnessed in decades. With a mega camp growing increasingly, densely populated spontaneous sites, and an increasing number of refugees residing in host communities, the situation is fast-changing and, at times, chaotic. Coordination of all child protection actors is a priority in order to identify and provide services for the thousands of unaccompanied children and other children at risk and to extend child protection coverage to all sites,” said Petra.

Mark added, “It is critical to establish information management structures at the onset of such a rapidly evolving crisis; this ensures the hard work and services provided by child protection actors are clearly and meaningfully captured and represented. These conversations need to be held from the preparedness phase of any crisis and onwards.”

The RRTs strengthened the IM and coordination capacity, brought actors together for timely and strategic action and advocacy, monitored achievements (click here for the December 2017 5Ws), and led an inter-agency child protection and education rapid assessment with contributions from 18 national and international child protection partners. 

Mark Bonyo is an information management expert provided by UNICEF to the RRT.  Petra Heusser is a child protection coordination expert, seconded by SDC to the Child Protection AoR Rapid Response Team for the third year.

03  Opportunity to Participate: Research Project to Promote Collaboration between International Humanitarian Actors and Women-Led CSOs

CARE International is leading a research project that seeks to promote collaboration between international humanitarian actors and women-led CSOs in order to enhance the quality of protection programming and contribute to the localization of humanitarian responses. Click here for more information on the research.  
 
CARE has developed a 15 minute online-survey for women-led CSOs found here. CSOs eligible to participate are women-led CSOs who have carried out (any type of) activities in one or more humanitarian crisis, of any scale. We’d appreciate it if Child Protection Coordination Groups and INGOs could share the survey link with women-led CSO partners. The survey is also available in French, Spanish and Arabic.
 
CARE would also like to hold Skype interviews with women-led CSOs and INGOs that work in the area of humanitarian protection to discuss your experiences. If you’re interested in participating, please get in touch with the researcher, Helen Lindley-Jones at Lindleyjones@careinternational.org.

04 Trainings & Events 

Child Protection Minimum Standards Training in Colombia

With the support of the Protection Cluster in October 2017, Gender-based Violence and Child Protection Specialists from UNFPA (Iune Baravalle) and UNICEF (Esther Ruiz) came together to facilitate a 3-day CPMS training in Bogota, Colombia for Protection, GBV, and CP actors. In order to contextualise the training, a survey was launched a month before to get national and field-level insights about the content and standards that should be included. This exercise not only helped to successfully adapt the training to the needs of the country, but also to measure the interest in child protection capacity building, which was overwhelming.  Twenty-two humanitarian protection actors from UN agencies, international, and national NGOs successfully participated.
 
 
 

CPiE and CPMS Training of Trainers
The Global Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is facilitating a CPiE and CPMS Training of Trainers Workshop in Nairobi in March 2018.   Based on a global mapping from the community of practice, the locations listed below have been allocated the following:
  • 1 participant: the Caribbean; the Pacific; and South Sudan
  • 2 participants: Bangladesh; Myanmar; Turkey; LACRO; Iraq; Syria / cross-border response; Nigeria; WCARO

Qualified participants from national NGOs will be prioritized, and, ideally, selected persons will become key Learning & Development focal points in their locations.  The deadline for receiving applications passes on the 20th of January, but, if you have questions after that date, contact learning@alliancecpha.org and natalie.mccauley@tdh.ch.  More details can be found here>>.

Child Protection Training for Standby Partners 
UNICEF and UNHCR developed a Child Protection Training in collaboration with Standby Partners (SBP) in response to rapid changes that have occurred in the sector over the last six years. There has been a significant increase in demand for child protection deployments to support UNICEF and UNHCR operations in emergencies, thus increasing the need for training for deployees. 

Course Dates and Venue:  The course will run from 29 April to 5 May 2018. The course is being hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and will take place in Switzerland at the Hotel Schloss Training Center in Gerzensee, outside of Bern. More details will be available once participants are confirmed.

Course Aim & Content:  The aim of this course is to enhance participants’ knowledge on CPiE and provide an opportunity to develop and practice a range of core competencies identified as crucial for UNICEF and UNHCR Child Protection deployees.  Topics include:

  • UNICEF and UNHCR’s Approach to Emergencies and Child Protection
  • Assessment, measurement and planning
  • The international Child Protection legislative framework, principles, and approaches
  • Children’s participation
  • Child Protection Coordination and Information Management
  • Causal and Stakeholder Analysis
  • Programming and Advocacy for Child Protection

The course also includes an emergency simulation where participants can practice competencies in child protection in emergencies.

Candidates for the course:  Candidates should have a minimum of two years of practical experience managing or working on a Child Protection or broader Protection programme in an emergency-affected setting. Candidates should currently be on a recognized standby roster and be able to deploy in the twelve months following the training for at least one 3-6 month deployment.

Application Process & Course Costs:  Contact your Standby Partner Roster no later than 28 January 2018.  Standby Partners will be required to cover the cost of travel to Gerzensee as well as accommodation, meals, and overnight stays if needed before and after the training. 

For further Information and nominations, please contact cp-aor@unicef.org, copying: Standby Partnerships UNICEF, Camille Raguin (craguin@unicef.org) and Hani Zarrini (hzarrini@unicef.org).


Save the Date:  CP AoR 2018 Annual Retreat
For our retreat in 2018, we will be joining with the Global Protection Cluster, including GBV and Mine Action AoR colleagues, from 28 May – 01 June 2018.   During this time, we will have at least two days dedicated to the CP AoR, and the remaining days will be held jointly with Protection Cluster and AoR colleagues for collective discussions on themes of mutual interest. 
 
More details will be shared in the coming weeks.  

05 Team Updates
 

New Joint Child Protection and Gender-based Violence AoR Initiative 
The Child Protection AoR and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) AoR in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) are leading a new initiative: the Comprehensive Coordination Support to Child and Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Emergencies Initiative (the Initiative). This Initiative is generously funded by the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Initiative aims to improve the quality of and access to services for child and adolescent survivors in emergencies. The three expected results are to: 1) enhance the knowledge base of partners in responding to child survivors; 2) strengthen coordination to ensure access to life-saving information, services, and resources; and 3) secure the commitment of global actors in improving the quality of and access to services of child survivors. For more information on the Initiative, please contact the Child Survivor Coordinators, Irene.Quizon@nrc.no and Megan.Lind@nrc.no.   

Both Irene's and Megan's bios are available below.  

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)
Following a CP AoR and IOM DTM September visit to Iraq to learn from their process of integrating Child Protection into the DTM, another visit took place in November to the Libya mission in Tunis where best practices and lessons learned from Iraq were incorporated into the Libya DTM system, which will be tested in 2018.

After several months of consultations, the list of Child Protection indicators for the Global DTM Data Dictionary has now been submitted for final validation by the DTM team in Geneva.  Support has also been provided by the CP AoR to IOM DTM staff on topics, such as safe and ethical methods for engaging and interviewing children, data-sharing protocols for sensitive data, internal DTM urgent action process guidelines, and CP training for DTM enumerators.  

Due to the busy schedules of Coordinators and IMOs at the end of 2017, the planned webinar on DTM methodology and opportunities to obtain useful data from the DTM system has been postponed to early 2018.


October - December Deployments
  • Mark Bonyo, RRT IMO, and Petra Heusser, RRT Coordinator, traveled to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh to support Child Protection Information Management and Coordination.
  • Fred Mugabi, RRT IMO, finished up his visit to Myanmar to support CP Coordination and Information Management from 1st November - 15th December.  
  • Bilal Sougou, Deputy Coordinator, supported the DRC country programme with Child Protection Coordination for six weeks in November and December.  
Farewells
Sadly, we said goodbye to Sitnour (Noura) Ali Babiker and Fred Mugabi at the end of December.  Their contributions to the CP AoR team and Coordination Groups across several countries have been remarkable.  Noura has been a strong leader and invaluable member of the CP AoR team for the past four years, and Fred provided crucial IM support from June - December 2017.  Both will be missed greatly, but we will hopefully cross paths again in 2018.  

06 Introducing New Team Members 


Boris Aristin joined the CP AoR Team in early January as an 
Assessment, Measurement, and Evidence Rapid Response Team (RRT) member.   Boris is a humanitarian expert with 18 years of working experience in 33 countries. During his career, he has developed four key areas of expertise: 1) Needs Assessments: Since 2011 he has been focused on identifying and analyzing humanitarian needs, responses, and gaps. He has developed assessment methodologies (HelpAge International), co-developed training modules (ACAPS), and led the coordination of large data collection and analysis exercises, particularly in his last position with iMMAP deployed as the Regional Needs and Monitoring Coordinator for the OCHA Regional Office for the Syria crisis.  2) Emergency Preparedness & Response Plans:  Boris led several EPP&R, including the 2010 EPP for Gaza Strip.  3) Coordination and advocacy: Throughout his career, he has been directly involved in advocacy campaigns to improve overall humanitarian response and coordination efforts. Examples include ensuring the inclusion of Protection and Education as humanitarian response sectors (2005-2009), inclusion of gender and age disaggregated data as a core part of the humanitarian needs assessments (2011-present), and inclusion of urban settings into the humanitarian needs analysis and response (2014-present).  4) Humanitarian leadership and management: Having held senior positions, such as Save the Children Spain’s Head of Emergencies (2005 – 2010), Boris is well versed in team management, humanitarian leadership, and defining core values, skills and personal attitudes for emergency humanitarian staff.  Boris can be reached at baristin@unicef.org. 

Megan Lind re-joins the Child Protection (CP) AoR as a Child Survivor Coordinator for the Comprehensive Coordination Support to Child and Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Emergencies Initiative. For the majority of her career, Megan has been providing technical support to prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender-based violence (GBV).  In addition, she has coordinated quality life-saving services for GBV survivors between governments, international non-government organizations, community based organizations, and United Nations agencies. She is excited to start this new opportunity and looks forward to more collaboration between stakeholders, especially in harmonizing comprehensive case management. When not online, Megan is often running and looks forward to more runs with new colleagues. Kindly reach out as needed to Megan at megan.lind@nrc.no or on Skype (MeganMLind).  

 

Irene Quizon also joined the team as a Child Survivor Coordinator and has a diverse career that spans almost 20 years. In the last ten years, she has specialized in child protection (CP) and gender-based violence (GBV) focusing on case management, post-disaster emergency response, and humanitarian action in Southeast Asia.  Her most recent posting was as GBV inter-agency coordinator at UNFPA Philippines for the Marawi armed conflict humanitarian crisis where she successfully facilitated the activation of a joint CP-GBV working group. As protection officer at UNHCR Malaysia, she directly managed the portfolios of both the CP and GBV units whose caseloads included stateless, refugees and asylum seekers. She has also served as GBV sub-cluster coordinator and programme specialist in the disaster response action for Typhoon Haiyan.  Irene is a roster member of Norcap. She has a degree in social work from the Asian Social Institute in Manila and a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Sydney.  Irene can be reached at Irene.Quizon@nrc.no.  

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