Annex III: Projects Hosted by OCHA


This annex includes two inter-agency projects: the Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) and the Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap). Both are hosted by OCHA.

In late 2010, the two projects merged their support units into one unit: the Inter-Agency Standby Capacity Support Unit (GenCap and ProCap). In 2011, this unit will be hosted by OCHA’s Humanitarian Coordination and Support Section (HCSS). The GenCap/ProCap Support Unit and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will
provide all support functions for the projects and manage the recruitment, contracts and deployments of GenCap and ProCap advisers.

The GenCap and ProCap Support Unit supports the projects’ respective steering committees and ensures day-to-day management. This includes substantive issues related to deployments; liaison with donors and NGO standby partners; organizing gender and protection-related training events and workshops; and overseeing monitoring and evaluation of the two projects.

While the projects’ roles and activities are mainstreamed through the HCSS workplan, this annex presents the funding requirements of NRC needed to manage the projects’ operational aspects (personnel deployments).

NRC is responsible for recruitment, contracts and salaries of GenCap advisers and ProCap senior protection officers, and provides logistics support for deployments. The projects are co-managed with the GenCap/ProCap Support Unit by two project managers at NRC. Each project maintains a separate project account.

In 2011, the key outputs for the NRC-managed part of both projects will be:
  • Effective management of the ProCap core team and the GenCap and ProCap rosters through appropriate recruitment and human resources management. The aim is to retain and develop the skills of experienced roster members and take on enough new members to ensure sufficient availability.
  • Establishment of a new gender-based violence (GBV) section of the GenCap roster.
  • Transparency of project finances through regular financial and narrative reporting.
  • Support to training events, including ProCap standby partner training events and annual technical workshops for ProCap and GenCap roster members.

The financial summaries below include an administrative fee of 3 per cent (programme support costs) covering OCHA-related costs incurred when handling contracts and transferring funds to partners. The cost for the GenCap and ProCap Support Unit and its activities are mainstreamed within the overall OCHA budget.

Gender Standby Capacity Project


GenCap was established in January 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. It was created in response to several emergency-response evaluations that consistently concluded that gender “kept falling through the cracks”. GenCap’s main focus is to recruit, train and maintain a roster of gender experts who can be deployed to humanitarian situations to support inter-agency country and regional teams in mainstreaming gender equality, 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, strengthen the Humanitarian Coordinator’s role and advance humanitarian reform as a whole.

GenCap operates in a rapidly changing environment. New initiatives have been established including the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empower­ment and United Nations Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. There are other related initiatives that may require surge capacity, such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325/1820/1888/1889.

GBV and sexual violence in conflict are now being raised as security and gender issues that states and international organizations are obliged to address. Recognizing GenCap’s unique position to address the existing gap in GBV
programming and coordination in emergency response, GenCap is recruiting GBV experts as a separate category in the GenCap project.

GenCap is overseen and directed by an inter-agency steering committee comprising FAO, OCHA, UNFPA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNMAS, WFP and WHO. It is managed by the GenCap/ProCap Support Unit and NRC.

Key outputs in 2011 will be:
  • GenCap advisers are deployed to HCs, Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) and United Nations agencies. They provide appropriate gender expertise to the HCT’s humanitarian response in at least 15 - 20 new assignments/up to 170 months of deployment.
  • Five GenCap GBV advisers are deployed to humanitarian situations to strengthen GBV programming and coordination (up to 30 months of deployment).
  • At least six global clusters are engaged in mainstreaming gender in their tools, manuals and trainings (currently envisaged to be Protection, Shelter, CCCM, Education, WASH and Health).
  • Ninety per cent of CAP/pooled funding mechanisms are using the IASC Gender Marker. Donors systematically use the Gender Marker when making funding decisions.
  • A minimum of 10 assessment reports of gender equality programming and a series of good practices/ lessons learned are produced and disseminated widely in the humanitarian community. GenCap has maintained a Web portal on the One Response website as an information resource, and as a way to share products, reports and training tools produced by the project.
  • Five HCTs either cost-share GenCap deployments or are in the process of establishing posts to ensure continued gender capacity following GenCap deployments.
  • The GenCap Steering Committee to receive appropriate secretariat support for project monitoring and evaluation, reporting and strategy development, and for substantive issues relating to GenCap deployments.
  • An external evaluation of the project is commissioned and implemented. The findings will be presented to donor stakeholders by July 2011 and will provide a basis on which to map the project’s future.

Protection Standby Capacity Project


ProCap was originally launched in late 2005 in response to gaps identified in protection skills and knowledge in the field. It was also launched to satisfy the recognized need for experienced staff, particularly at the senior level, to support the humanitarian protection response. The inter-agency project is overseen by a steering committee comprising UNHCR, OCHA, UNICEF, OHCHR and the NGO consortium International Council of Voluntary Agencies. The steering committee 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. ProCap reinforces the strategic and operational protection response for Internally Displaced Persons and other vulnerable groups in emergencies and protracted complex crises, whether disaster or conflict related. ProCap is a critical part of the inter-agency global capacity-building effort central to the Humanitarian Reform agenda. It works closely with and supports the goals of the Global Protection Cluster.

Since its inception, ProCap’s strategy has been regularly reviewed and fine-tuned to ensure that it responds to changing gaps and needs in the field, complements existing institutional capacity, and supports the roles played by the Global Protection Cluster, governments, United Nations agencies, NGO partners and other actors in conflict, post-conflict and natural-disaster contexts. The recommendations of the most recent strategic review in 2009, as well as
ongoing consultations between the steering committee and donor stakeholders, have informed the project’s direction in 2010. The recommendations and consultations will continue to guide ProCap’s role in 2011.

Key outputs in 2011 will be:
  • Senior protection officers (SPOs) from the ProCap Core Team and roster are deployed to RC/HCs and United Nations agencies. They provide appropriate expertise to the agency and HCT protection response in at least 15 - 20 new assignments/up to 120 months of deployment.
  • Technical and operational lessons learned from SPO deployments have been integrated into field practice and fed into global processes to build capacity and develop protection tools and guidance. This includes at least one technical workshop with SPOs and 10 mission-specific briefings. ProCap has maintained a Web portal on the One Response website as an information resource, and as a way to share products, reports and training tools produced by the project.
  • ProCap participates in annual meetings between United Nations agencies and standby partners to share analysis of protection personnel deployments to the field.
  • The ProCap/GenCap Support Unit remains the repository for ProCap training modules and the facilitation guide. It makes these available to NGO partners organizing and managing ProCap training events and to the Global Protection Cluster. RedR Australia and NRC each manage at least one ProCap training event for roster members and NGO partners in Australia and West Africa (in French) respectively.
  • ProCap remains engaged with the Global Protection Cluster Taskforce on Learning. ProCap SPOs support at least one regional protection coordination training.
  • The ProCap Steering Committee to receive appropriate secretariat support for project monitoring and evaluation, reporting and strategy development, and for substantive issues relating to GenCap deployments.
  • An external evaluation of the project is commissioned and implemented. The findings will be presented to donor stakeholders by July 2011 and will provide a basis on which to map the project’s future.