Part II
HEADQUARTERS CORE ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

Internal Displacement Division

 

  Requirements 3,677,266  
  Income from Voluntary Contributions 2,015,217  
  EXPENDITURE    
  Staff Costs 2,354,956  
  Consultant Fees and Travel 121,004  
  Travel 346,081  
  Operating Expenses 37,882  
  Contractual Services 3,789  
  Supplies, Materials, Furniture and Equipment 7,153  
  Fellowships, Grants and Contributions 75,021  
  Programme Support Costs 378,559  
  Total Expenditure (US$) 3,324,445  
Income for Core Activities is recorded in total under the Trust Fund for the Strengthening of OCHA

In 2006, the Internal Displacement Division (IDD) focused on further strengthening the inter-agency response to internal displacement through support to the rollout of the cluster approach in the field, high-level donor and technical missions, and sustained engagement at headquarters level in the four clusters of direct concern to the IDP response (camp coordination and camp management, protection, emergency shelter and early recovery). The development of the OCHA Policy Instruction on Protection and the consolidation of the Protection Standby Capacity Initiative (ProCap) through the ProCap Support Unit, in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), were particularly important.

In light of the humanitarian reform process, and in particular cluster leadership arrangements (and subsequent to discussions with stakeholders in 2005), IDD started a process of downsizing in 2006. A number of posts were cut, several agency secondees were returned to their parent organizations and two posts were transferred to the newly established Humanitarian Reform Support Unit (HRSU). One staff member was also seconded to UNHCR. In October, OCHA’s proposal to transform IDD into a Geneva-based Displacement and Protection Support Section (DPSS) as of January 2007 was endorsed by stakeholders, including the donor community.

Objectives

Activities and Accomplishments

Along with OCHA’s Policy Development and Studies Branch (PDSB), IDD co-led the development of OCHA’s Policy Instruction on Protection, aimed at articulating OCHA’s role in supporting and facilitating the protection response at field level. This responded to a longstanding demand from the field for a clear delineation of OCHA’s role and responsibilities regarding protection. It was also welcomed by the protection-mandated agencies.

Throughout 2006, IDD co-steered with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre the development of the IDP profiling Guidelines. It also co-drafted with UNHCR and other agencies the Handbook on IDP Protection, and was actively involved in the development of a practical handbook on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons. IDD remained an actively involved member of the Steering Group convened by the RSG on the Human Rights of IDPs, supervising the development of a manual for national policy-makers on IDPs. It also collaborated with the RSG to develop operational guidelines on human rights and natural disasters.

Through the deployment of ProCap Senior Protection Officers, IDD augmented its operational capacity to respond to protection crises, particularly in situations of internal displacement. The ProCap Online website was developed to facilitate the mapping of protection personnel in rosters and support streamlined deployment procedures. IDD, along with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and in consultation with the United Nations and NGOs involved in ProCap, developed the competency-based inter-agency ProCap training course. Three training events were held for a total of 57 standby roster members in 2006.

In order to improve the inter-agency response to internal displacement at the field level, and to support HCs and OCHA field offices, IDD carried out follow-up missions in the cluster priority countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Liberia and Somalia. It deployed an IDP Adviser to DRC and provided technical advice and direct assistance to the humanitarian CT on return planning (Sudan and Pakistan) and the development of protection frameworks and terms of reference for protection sector leads (Sudan, Chad, DRC, Burundi and Lebanon). To strengthen HCs’ capacity in the field of IDP protection, IDD facilitated discussions on protection at the HCs’ Retreat and the newly established HC pool induction course.

A number of missions by IDD’s shelter adviser to Uganda and Southern Sudan resulted in UN-Habitat deploying full-time staff to both countries to prepare shelter and property support programmes for IDP return. IDD coordinated several donor and inter-agency missions (Liberia, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, Colombia and Central African Republic), some of which included media participation. Through informal and formal donor consultations and debriefings to the humanitarian community and the media, IDD raised awareness on internal displacement and protection issues, advocated for an increase in financial and political support, and stressed the need for an increased presence of humanitarian actors
in the field.

Performance Evaluation