Global Child Protection
Area of Responsibility

Newsletter 
July - September 2017

01 Global Child Protection AoR Updates


Key Considerations for Mobile Programming 
In response to the increased use of mobile programming and a lack of guidance identified by field colleagues, the CP AoR in collaboration with the Global Protection Cluster and the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) is developing a resource repository of mobile programming examples as well as a “Key Considerations” document based on field experiences and practices.   It is hoped this will help provide a safe framework for program design and a mechanism for ongoing feedback from the field toward longer term guidance development. Please contact Lauren Bienkowski, CP AoR Help Desk, for more information at lbienkowski@unicef.org

CPIMS+/Primero Update
The CPIMS+ is a module of the Primero software platform and is much more than software: It is part of an integrated approach to child protection information management accompanied by a package of services and tools that are designed to promote quality case management and positive outcomes for vulnerable children.

Click here>> for the CPIMS+/Primero Key Messages, finalised October 2017 by the CPIMS Steering Committee.  This document describes how the CPIMS+ can complement an existing case management system and outlines the purpose and functions of the CPIMS+, prerequisites and criteria for country prioritisation and roll out, and phases of the roll out if deemed appropriate within a particular context.  

The roll outs of the CPIMS+/Primero database and accompanying tools and procedures for data collection, data protection, and information sharing to support quality child protection case management are currently underway in over 10 countries.  For more information, please contact the Global CPIMS Coordinator at tmarks@unicef.org and the CP AoR Help Desk at lbienkowski@unicef.org.   

 
Annual CP AoR Coordination Survey
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 will be shared by the end of October, but preliminary analysis indicates the following:
  • 35% of coordination groups are co-led with the Government and an additional 30% are co-led with an international NGO (INGO) alone or with the Government along with an INGO
  • Only 45% of Coordination Groups have a dedicated Information Management Officer
  • 65% of Coordination Groups report a funding gap of 50 per cent or higher, and another 15 per cent have a funding gap between 25 - 50%.  
  • Top five challenges reported by Coordination Groups include (from highest ranked to lowest): lack of CP technical capacity among CP actors; insufficient funding for adequate CP operations; lack of humanitarian access to affected populations; low visibility of CP in the overall humanitarian response; and limited number of CP actors on the ground.  
For questions regarding the survey, please contact Lauren Bienkowski at lbienkowski@unicef.org

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)
On August 10th & 11th, a workshop was held with Child Protection experts from the CP AoR, UNICEF, IOM, and UNHCR to present DTM data collection methodologies, review current CP-related questions in the DTM data dictionary, and determine what additional information would be useful to CP experts in situations of mass migration. The CP indicators in the DTM had been mapped according to the CPiE Minimum Standards in order to facilitate the identification of information needs and gaps. Although the entirety of the DTM CP-related questions were not able to be reviewed within the time-frame, the following was accomplished:
  • Reviewed the majority of CP questions and proxy-indicators in the site assessment data dictionary
  • Discussed relevance, use, wording, and do-no-harm principles for identified questions
  • Identified information gaps per minimum standards based on the feasibility of data collection methodologies
  • Discussed anticipated accuracy of data collected, usage, terminology, and pre-conditions for adding specific questions
  • Identified questions and information needs requiring the following: further research from MHPSS experts, consultations with GBV and MRM/CP experts, and consultations with country-offices on tested wording and do no harm principles related to potential new questions
A webinar is planned during the next quarter to brief all interested Coordinators and Information Management Officers (IMOs) on the DTM methodology and discuss opportunities for collaboration to obtain useful child protection information from the DTM for planning, response, and advocacy purposes.   Two dates will be communicated, and interested persons may sign up for whichever date suits their schedule.   

For more information on the DTM, please contact Shannon Hayes at shayes@unicef.org

02 Update on Localisation Efforts 


Localisation Progress in Nigeria
The Child Protection Sub-Sector Working Group (CPSSWG) in Nigeria has been exploring ways to promote a more localized child protection response. The working group is already co-led by the Government and recently undertook an analysis of the existing information on children reached, which shows that over 65% of children are reached by government or national civil society organisations, yet less than .01% of reported funding was received by these national actors directly. 
 
In preparation for the next Humanitarian Response Plan and together with the Global CP AoR, the CPSSWG is now conducting a review of partnerships (based on the Principles of Partnership) to enable the CPSSWG to strengthen partnerships across the working group and promote new models where necessary to ensure that local actors have access to partnerships that are equitable, effective, and relevant to their level of capacity. At the same time, an analysis of the institutional capacity of national actors will be used to inform the development of a sector-wide capacity building strategy for its national/sub-national members – and hopefully – better position these actors to influence sectoral strategy and increase their access to direct funding. 
 
The working group is already introducing a range of institutional strengthening initiatives as part of its push for greater localisation, including providing leadership coaching for local actors; promoting mentoring partnership approaches between local and international agencies; and leveraging direct funding for national actors through the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund.
 
Other child protection coordination groups who are interested in doing similar analyses to inform their HNO/HRP processes can contact Anthony Nolan (anolan@unicef.org).

03 Rapid Response Team (RRT) Deployment to DR Congo


The Kasai region was relatively calm within the DR Congo until violence broke out over a year ago. The complex, multilayered conflict caused the displacement of 1.4 million people.  Between 40% and 60% of the militia are children, often younger than 15 years, and more than 1,000 cases of children used as combatants or human shields have been registered.  Additionally, at least 7,000 girls and boys have been separated from their families.

The DRC Child Protection Working Groups (CPWG) in DRC are quite active and include several local NGOs that are coming together to coordinate the child protection response. These local actors typically have development experience but little knowledge of humanitarian principles, coordination, and child protection in emergencies.  Therefore, capacity building was identified by the CPWGs in the Kasai provinces as one of the most pressing needs to be able to adequately respond to existing child protection issues. Petra Heusser of the CP AoR Rapid Response Team (RRT) was requested to carry out CPiE and Coordination trainings in Mbuji-Mayi and Kananga for 65 local CPWG members. Petra commented, “at the global level, violence against girls and boys in DRC is usually not given the attention it deserves - but I am impressed by the energy and commitment I’ve seen from local organizations. Their determination to assist the vulnerable children is admirable and must be much more supported."

Strong focus was placed on understanding humanitarian principles and approaches as well as the concept of ‘vulnerability.'   “It’s important to appreciate that local development actors previously worked mainly with children and families affected by extreme poverty. Now, with the additional needs caused by the armed conflict, local NGOs are confronted with severe violations against girls and boys on a daily basis and must prioritize allocation of limited resources. Understanding who is vulnerable, why, and how best to respond is fundamental. The capacity building done during this deployment will help NGOs make these judgment calls and respond in an adequate manner,” Petra added.  

Localisation strategies, which include CPiE as well as project cycle management and finance training, are underway in cooperation with the Cluster Lead Agency, UNICEF. Moreover, new local NGOs are paired with recognized child protection partners that in turn provide mentorship. Continued mentoring of existing actors is also required.  These strategies will facilitate quicker scaling up of the humanitarian response.   

04 Trainings and Events


Annual Coordinator and Information Management Officer Retreat in Kampala, Uganda
From the 07th to 09th of September 2017, 24 field-based Coordinators and IMOs and nine Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) members, representing national NGOs, met in Kampala, Uganda for a three-day retreat, led by the Global CP AoR team (see photo below). Sixteen countries were represented, which allowed for lively, productive country experience sharing.  Topics included: 
  • Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including defining CP needs through secondary data reviews and assessments
  • Visibility of Child Protection in the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) 
  • Best practices, including CP strategies and operational plans, in measuring progress towards achieving results for children
  • Child Protection and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Integration
  • Child Protection Information Management 
  • Reflections on the Situation and Response Monitoring Toolkit 
  • Localisation & strengthening membership and participation of national NGOs
  • Government Co-Leadership in CP Coordination
  • CP AoR priorities and 2018 - 2019 Work Plan
  • Child Protection Minimum Standards Update Process
  • Overview of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and its Working Groups and Task Forces 
Final retreat evaluations indicate that the MHPSS, Localisation, and HNO/HRP discussions were the most useful and interesting sessions, which Coordinators and IMOs will utilize when returning to their countries. Over the course of the three days, participants fed into the CP AoR 2018 - 2019 Work Plan, which will be finalized by early November, as well as the Child Protection HNO/HRP Checklist and Defining Child Protection Humanitarian Figures documents that can be found here (click here>>).  

Upcoming Child Protection Minimum Standards Training in Colombia

UNICEF and UNFPA in Colombia have joined together to facilitate a Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action training from 23 - 25 October 2017.   A variety of protection actors from the humanitarian community have been invited, and a total of 30 professionals from the Protection Cluster and the GBV Sub-Cluster will participate.   To identify and select the standards to be included in the training, UNICEF and UNFPA created an online survey, which was shared by all humanitarian coordination structures (not only protection) in the country, and 71 persons from more than 12 territories participated. This helped facilitators not only to understand which CP topics are most needed in terms of capacity building but also to evaluate the interest and availability of both field-based protection specialists and non-protection actors in participating.  Results from this training will be available after November 2017.  

05 Team Updates


Peer Support Mission to Libya
During 17 – 30 September, the CP AoR Global Coordinator,  Michael Copland, joined the Libya IASC Peer to Peer Support Mission for humanitarian leaders in the field.  The mission facilitated a self - assessment by the Humanitarian Country Team and development of an action plan covering dimensions of coordination and leadership, services, and protection.  Please visit this website (http://www.deliveraidbetter.org/videos/what-are-stait-missions/) for an animated video and brief description of Peer to Peer (P2P) teams,  formerly known as the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT).   

RRT Deployment in Kenya
Fred Mugabi, RRT Information Management Officer, has been in Kenya for two months focusing on the CP response for the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa, which continues to negatively impact the region. While rains are expected, they are predicted to be shorter and insufficient for farming.  Thus, the CP response must be ongoing, but funding remains a large concern, particularly given the heavy reliance on limited sources of funding. 

In some communities - particularly those bordering Uganda, many parents have moved to Uganda out of desperation, leaving their children unattended. This has increased protection risks as many girls and boys are left to fend for themselves, some of whom have moved to the streets in the main centres to find food. During Fred and the team's visits to Turkana and West Pokot counties, it was observed that many neighbors have taken responsibility of caring for their neighbors’ children, but this is stretching available resources within these families. 

During field visits, the team engaged with County Governments to advocate for inclusion of CP into the county priorities as they develop their County Integrated Development plans. This will ensure allocation of some funds for CP response. Whereas six counties were supported by UNICEF for the CP response, this funding is ending in mid-October, despite dire child protection needs. There is, therefore, need for county governments to allocate funds to address children's issues.  

The Child Protection Sector has held several discussions with the Department of Children’s Services to agree on integrating situation monitoring indicators into the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS). Currently the CPIMS+ is live in 11 counties, and an additional four counties are being tested. It is hoped that by the end of this year, the CPIMS+ will be live in all 47 counties. However, where the system is currently not functioning, an offline tool has been developed, and it is being used to track child protection issues and responses implemented by the government and partners to address identified issues. Data sharing protocols have been agreed upon with the government. This information management system is hoped to contribute to sector analysis, particularly to understand child protection trends in drought affected counties.   


Displacement Tracking Matrix Visit to Iraq
From 16 - 22 September, a visit was undertaken to Erbil, Iraq. The purpose of the visit was to better understand the DTM system implementation at field-level, including operational constraints, good practices of collaboration between DTM and clusters, and field-level recommendations that will better facilitate the integration of child protection and education into the DTM. During the visit, some challenges with data analysis of education and child protection indicators were identified, and recommendations were made for follow-up on support requests and issue resolution.

Current and Upcoming Deployments
  • Mark Bonyo, RRT IMO, traveled to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh in early October to support Child Protection Coordination.
  • Fred Mugabi, RRT IMO, is finishing up his mission in Kenya and will be deployed to Myanmar to support CP Coordination and Information Management from 1st November - 15th December.  

06 Introducing New Team Members 


Petr Shmatenko joined the CP AoR in September 2017 as a Partnership Analyst Intern. Petr worked for several years in business and tax consultancy but recently decided to shift to the international cooperation sector and work with a leading humanitarian organization. While his past professional experience focused primarily on business functions and financial reporting analysis, Petr is also bringing an educational background in social sciences and international relations to this internship.   Petr will be supporting the CP AoR with funding analysis and partnership agreement preparation among other CP AoR-related activities. 
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