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Annex III

Projects Hosted by OCHA

This annex to OCHA in 2010 includes two inter-agency projects, the Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) and the Protection Capacity Standby Project (ProCap), which are both currently hosted by OCHA. While the roles and activities of the projects are mainstreamed through the workplans of the Policy Development and Studies Branch (for GenCap) and the Displacement and Protection Support Section (for ProCap), this Annex presents the funding requirements of the Norwegian Refugee Council, the partner maintaining and managing the operational aspects (personnel deployments) undertaken by these Projects.

The financial summaries below include an administrative fee of three percent (programme support costs) covering OCHA related costs when handling contracts and transferring funds to partners. The costs for the GenCap Secretariat and ProCap Support Unit (PSU), and their activities, are mainstreamed within the OCHA overall budget.

Gender Standby Capacity Project

GenCap was established in January 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as a response to several evaluations of emergency response consistently concluding that “gender kept falling through the cracks”. The main focus of the project is to recruit, train and maintain a roster of gender experts available for deployment to humanitarian situations. These experts will support HCTs in mainstreaming gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) response and prevention programming into all aspects of humanitarian response. The project is an important part of a strategic approach to strengthen the integration of gender within humanitarian response, strengthening the Humanitarian Coordinator role and advancing humanitarian reform as a whole.

GenCap operates in a rapidly changing environment with the imminent establishment of a new UN gender agency and several UN resolutions addressing gender-based violence and sexual violence in conflict. GenCap will therefore also consider supporting other gender-related initiatives that may require surge capacity, such as implementation of UN resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889, as well as UN Action.

GenCap is overseen and directed by an inter-agency Steering Committee (FAO, OCHA, UNFPA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, and UNMAS) and managed by the GenCap Secretariat and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The GenCap Secretariat is hosted by the Disaster Vulnerability and Policy Section with OCHA Geneva. The GenCap Secretariat supports the Steering Committee and ensures the 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; and the monitoring and evaluation of GenCap. Key outputs in 2010 will be:

NRC is responsible for recruitment, contracts and salaries of GenCap Advisers and provides administration and logistic support for their deployments. Key outputs in 2010 will be:

Financial Summary
Salaries, deployment costs and NRC management of GenCap roster 4,603,488
Recruitment, training, communication and administrative supplies and equipment 208,104
NRC Administrative Costs/OCHA Transfer Overheads 392,145
Total (US$) 5,203,737

Protection Capacity Standby Project

ProCap was originally launched in late 2005 in response to gaps identified in protection skills and knowledge in the field. It was also to satisfy the recognized need for experienced staff, particularly at senior level, to support the humanitarian protection response. The inter-agency project is overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of UNHCR, OCHA, OHCHR and the NGO consortium, ICVA. It seeks to enhance the United Nations protection response and contribute to global and field-based protection capacity, through the predictable and effective deployment of personnel with proven, broad protection expertise. The project reinforces both the strategic and operational protection response for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in emergencies and protracted complex crises, whether disaster or conflict-related. It is a critical part of the inter-agency global capacity building effort central to the Humanitarian Reform Agenda, and works closely with and supports the goals of the Global Protection Cluster.

In 2009, ProCap undertook a Strategic Review of the Project with all stakeholders, including donors, to assess its comparative value, its impact, and to identify where it might build on established strengths and further focus its activities in 2010 and beyond. The activities and proposed outputs outlined below for both the ProCap Support Unit and the Norwegian Refugee Council reflect the recommendations of this review. PSU, hosted by the OCHA Displacement and Protection Support Section, provides all Secretariat services for the project, including day-to-day management and inter-agency liaison on the deployment of Senior Protection Officers (SPOs) and liaison with NGO Standby Partners.

PSU also organizes ProCap training workshops and the related ToT programme for NGO standby roster personnel who are deployed to United Nations agencies in the field. Key outputs in 2010 will be:

The Norwegian Refugee Council manages the recruitment, contracts and salaries of the Senior Protection Officers and – in close consultation with PSU – provides administrative and logistic support for the deployments. Key outputs in 2009 will be:

Financial Summary
Budget Items for Senior Protection Officers (OCHA, flow through to NRC)
SPO salaries and NRC management of Senior Protection Officers (SPOs) 2,144,708
Travel expenses, allowances, insurance (could combine this line with the one above?) 298,953
Recruitment, training, communication and administrative supplies/equipment for SPOs 32,414
 NRC programme support costs (at 5%)/OCHA Transfer Overheads (at 3%) 201,801
Total (US$) 2,677,876