Projects Hosted by OCHA
This new annex to OCHA in 2009 includes two inter-agency projects – the Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) and the Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) – both currently hosted by OCHA at the request of their respective Steering Committees. To date, the projects have either received earmarked funds from donors against their individual appeal documents or, as in the case of ProCap in 2007-8, have been included in the protection section of the Appeal for Global Capacity Building. The roles and activities of the projects are managed by the Policy Development and Studies Branch (GenCaP) and by the Displacement and Protection Support Section (ProCap).
Annex III presents requirements of partners supporting projects, which are outside OCHA’s global 2009 extra-budgetary requirements. OCHA charges an administrative fee of 3% to cover related costs when handling such contracts with partners (NRC in this instance). Annex I and Annex II contain additional information on OCHA’s requirements to manage these projects.
Gender Standby Capacity Project
The Gender Standby Capacity Project was established in January 2007 as a proactive response to evaluations, which consistently concluded that in emergency responses, “gender kept falling through the cracks”.
A pool of GenCap Advisers is ready to be deployed in humanitarian emergencies to support Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in mainstreaming gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) programming into all aspects of a humanitarian response. GenCap is an integral part of a systemic approach to strengthen the Humanitarian Coordinators’ role and advance humanitarian reform as a whole.
The Project is overseen and directed by the GenCap Steering Committee and the Secretariat. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) manages the contracts of the GenCap Advisers.
The project is managed by the Policy Development and Studies Branch (this arrangement will be reviewed in 2009). It provides secretariat services to the Steering Committee, as well as day-to-day management of the project. This includes substantive issues related to the deployment of GenCap Advisers, liaison with donors and NGO standby partners, organization of trainings and workshops, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of GenCap. Key outputs in 2009 will be:
- The GenCap Steering Committee to receive appropriate secretariat support for project monitoring and evaluation, reporting, strategy development and on substantive issues relating to GenCap deployments.
- Assessment reports of gender equality programming and a series of good practices and lessons to be produced and widely disseminated throughout the humanitarian community.
- At least three global clusters to mainstream gender into their tools, manuals and trainings.
- Gender Handbooks and GBV Guidelines continue to be rolled out and trainings organized for Arabic, French and Spanish-speaking regions.
- Gender equality programming, including GBV to be mainstreamed into the training modules of standby partners.
The NRC is responsible for recruitment, contracts and salaries of GenCap Advisers and provides administration and logistic support for their deployment. Key outputs in 2009 will be:
- Consolidation of a roster totalling 35 trained and available members through appropriate recruitment and human resource management.
- GenCap Advisers provide appropriate gender expertise to HCTs in at least 15 to 20 new assignments.
|Financial Summary for NRC|
|Salaries, deployment costs and NRC management of GenCap roster||2,153,400|
|Recruitment, training, communication and administrative supplies and equipment||33,000|
|NRC Administrative Costs/OCHA Transfer Overheads||178,192|
Protection Standby Capacity Project
The Protection Standby Capacity Project was launched in late 2005 in response to identified gaps in protection skills, a lack of knowledge in the field and the need for experienced staff, particularly at a senior level, to support humanitarian protection responses. The focus of ProCap is to enhance United Nations and inter-agency protection responses and contribute to global protection capacities through predictable and effective deployment of personnel with proven protection expertise. It reinforces the strategic and operational protection response for internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups in emergencies and protracted complex crises and supports the capacity-building objectives of the Global Protection Cluster. The project is overseen and directed by the inter-agency ProCap Steering Committee.
OCHA’s Displacement and Protection Support Section provides all secretariat services to the Steering Committee. This includes day-to-day management of the project, substantive issues related to the deployment of ProCap Senior Protection Officers (SPOs) and liaison with NGO standby partners. The support unit also organizes ProCap protection training workshops for personnel on the rosters of NGO Standby Partners who are deployed to United Nations agencies in the field. Key outputs in 2009 will be:
- The Steering Committee to receive appropriate secretariat support for project monitoring and evaluation, reporting, strategy development and on substantive issues relating to SPO deployments.
- Technical and operational “lessons learned” from SPO deployments and standby partners to be collated and fed into global processes to develop policy, tools and guidance.
- One hundred roster members to receive ProCap inter-agency training (through three to four workshops).
The Norwegian Refugee Council manages the recruitment, contracts and salaries of the ProCap Senior Protection Officers, and – in close consultation with the Displacement and Protection Support Section – provides administration and logistic support for their deployments. Key outputs in 2009 will be:
- Effective maintenance of roster numbers through appropriate recruitment and human resource management.
- The deployment of Senior Protection Officers to United Nations agencies to provide appropriate expertise to the agency and country team protection response in at least 15 new assignments.
|Salaries, deployment costs and NRC management of Senior Protection Officers||3,200,000|
|Recruitment, training, communication and administrative supplies/equipment||47,400|
|NRC Administrative Costs/OCHA Transfer Overheads||264,663|