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  Global Child Protection  Area of Responsibility

Newsletter 

October - December 2018

01 CP AoR 2018 Annual Coordination Group Survey Results 

Twenty child protection coordination groups, representing twenty Humanitarian Coordinator and early warning contexts, completed the 2018 CP AoR Annual Survey. The results and analysis, including annual comparisons, can be found here.  Notable findings include the following:
  • Fifty-five per cent of reporting coordination groups at the national level are led or co-led by the Government, with 3 of these 11 led by the Government alone. Only six countries reported INGO co-leadership, and no national coordination groups reported national NGO co-leadership. Twelve countries reported sub-national groups led by a national NGO or Government and seven by an international NGO.
  • The top three perceived most problematic challenges that prevent achieving child protection quality and coverage targets continue to be 1) lack of sufficient funding, 2) lack of Child Protection technical capacity, and 3) lack of humanitarian access to affected populations, with the former two being among the top three challenges since the 2015 survey.  
  • Only 30% of responding Coordination Groups have a dedicated Information Management Officer (IMO). 
  • One of the top requests for additional support among respondents is the need for greater advocacy related to ensuring dedicated Child Protection Coordinators and Information Management Officers.  
For more information about the survey, contact cp-aor@unicef.org.

02  Rapid Response Team (RRT) Mission to Support Child Protection Coordination in Libya

The CP AoR deployed Paola Franchi, CP AoR RRT Coordinator (supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council), to Tunis for 15 weeks to support the UNICEF Libya country office in setting up a Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) and defining the CPWG Terms of Reference, strategy, and response plan. Paola also worked together with the Protection team in country on developing the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan for Libya.

In Libya, protracted armed conflict and multiple displacements take a heavy toll on the lives of children, with an estimated 134,000 children facing serious protection risks.  Children are exposed to risks of recruitment by armed forces/groups, injuries, and death and directly affected by harsh living conditions, a worsening economy, weak referral systems, and psychosocial distress - their own and that of their caregivers. These multiple, compounding factors affect all aspects of child development.

The Child Protection Working Group in Libya is new as of mid to late 2018 (see photo below of a December CPWG workshop), but Paola mentions "we can already rely on a very dedicated number of partners, including national and international NGOs and UN agencies, that are committed to scale up and improve the overall protection environment for the most vulnerable children in Libya."

03 Trainings & Events 

Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Coordination Training 

The CP AoR organized a coordination training in Kyiv, Ukraine from 12th - 16th November aimed at providing newly recruited or potential Child Protection (CP) Coordinators with key operational tools and competencies to perform tasks related to the core coordination functions at national or sub-national levels. Twenty-one colleagues (14 women, seven men) representing Governments, national NGOs, international NGOs, Standby Partner Roster members, and UNICEF participated. 

Through facilitated sessions and simulations, participants improved knowledge of the humanitarian architecture and coordination system and practiced skills related to core coordination functions necessary throughout each step of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. During daily evaluations, participants were asked to rate sessions on a numerical scale of 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score).  Nearly every session on each day was ranked a 4 or higher, with sessions on “Communications and Advocacy,” “Capacity Strengthening of Coordination Group Members,” and “Country Presentations” rated the highest amongst all sessions. 
 
 

Upcoming CP Coordination Core Skills Training

The CP AoR will facilitate a 5-day coordination training in French from 4th to 8th March 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, focusing on strengthening capacity of new or potential CP Coordinators.  The training will emphasize humanitarian architecture, core cluster functions, strategies for developing strong collaboration and partnerships, and key tools, resources, and methods for effective country-level coordination and information management.  While the training is full at this time, contact CPAoR_FrenchHelpDesk@unicef.org if interested in learning more.

04 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) 

In October, the Inter-agency DTM for Children on the Move Project Coordinator was deployed to Turkey to facilitate the process of integrating CP and Education into IOM DTM systems in Turkey. During the deployment, workshops were held with the CP and Education working groups to identify information needs, and the following documents were drafted: 1) questions for potential integration into DTM questionnaires, 2) a data analysis plan, 3) an urgent action process for DTM field staff, and 4) an action plan for next steps of the inter-agency collaboration. Additionally, an introductory training on CP, Gender-based Violence (GBV), Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), and urgent action response & referral mechanisms was provided to 25 DTM field team leaders. 

Remote support was also provided throughout the reporting period to several country offices seeking advice on using DTM data for the child protection needs identification and analysis framework (CP NIAF) approach, or requesting facilitation/advice on effectively collaborating with IOM DTM.  A guideline and tool has been finalized that will enable CP AoR Coordinators and Information Management Officers (IMOs) to use DTM data to compare the severity of child protection needs and risks between displacement sites (in countries where the NIAF approach has not yet been put in place). The dissemination plan will be drafted and launched in early 2019.
 
A DTM folder containing finalized documents and tools as well as a FAQ document on how to work with DTM and use DTM data is available from the Global CP AoR Help Desk and in the CP AoR Field Coordination Examples dropbox folder.  For more information, contact Shannon Hayes, Project Coordinator – DTM for Children on the Move, at shayes@unicef.org.

05 Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative

The final quarter of 2018 was full of events for the Child and Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Emergencies Initiative (CASI - formerly known as CSI) Team, as all four pilot countries (Iraq, Myanmar, Niger, and Sudan) were supported both remotely and in-country. In Iraq from late September to the end of October, the team identified and analyzed existing CP and GBV coordination tools; updated the GBV referral pathway with a section for child survivors of sexual abuse; drafted a CP/GBV guidance note for supporting child survivors of sexual abuse; and held peer to peer sessions on challenges and successes following the Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) training.  During the visit to Myanmar in November, the team drafted the CP/GBV guidance note; held a session on local knowledge and experience of practitioners in supporting child survivors; and held a peer to peer debriefing session with CCS participants focused on communicating with child and adolescent survivors.
 
In Niger from mid-September to end of October, the team supported incorporating child survivor considerations into the HNO/HRP; facilitated a CCS training in French; and supported the process of how Champions (i.e., actors who direct work with child survivors) improve quality of services in Diffa. In November in Sudan, the team delivered a contextualized CCS training in Arabic and explored how Champions in North Darfur would work together to improve the quality of services. For additional details, materials, and ways to strengthen support to child and adolescents in the pilot countries, kindly reach out to Irene.Quizon@nrc.no and Megan.Lind@nrc.no
 
The CP/GBV Community of Practice continued to hold its monthly sessions through December. For recordings of sessions, including sessions on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for child survivors and support for boy survivors of sexual abuse, visit the CP/GBV Community of Practice resource folder. If you are interested in learning more about the Community of Practice, please contact jennifer.lee@rescue.org.   
CASI Community of Practice Archives

06 Decentralised, Language-specific Help Desks

Coordination and thematic-related support is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish for Child Protection Coordination Group members (e.g., national NGO, government, INGO, and UN members). More details about types of support offered & how to access are included in flyers specific to each help desk, and the latest reports can be found here (Arabic Help Desk, French Help Desk, and Spanish Help Desk).

07 Team Updates

Introducing New Team Members 
Wanjira Gakuru Muthoni joins our team as the CP AoR Localisation Specialist and is an expert in education and gender.  She completed her studies in Kenya and France, where she obtained a Master’s degree in African Literature in French and a doctorate in women’s studies.  Fluent in English, French and Kiswahili, Wanjira has experience in academia, development, and humanitarian work, working as a consultant with UN agencies, including UNHCR, UNICEF, UNECA, and UN WOMEN as well as INGOs.  She also worked for many years in conflict transformation in the Great Lakes region before joining the Norwegian Refugee Council where she has ten years’ humanitarian experience in countries, such as Haiti, Malawi, DRC, Burundi and Uganda.  Wanjira brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in capacity building, participatory approaches, working with governments and local organisations, accountability to affected populations, as well as gender mainstreaming and disability issues in education.

Farewells 
Silvia Finaurini, RRT CP/MHPSS Coordinatorleft the team in November, and Anthony Nolan (Localisation Specialist), Dora Miranda (Operations & Project Management Officer), and Mira Minkara (CP AoR Child Protection Inter) left in December.  Silvia, Dora, Mira, and Anthony were valuable members of the team and provided crucial remote and in-person technical guidance for numerous countries.   We wish them all the best in what lies ahead!
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The purpose of this newsletter is to share Child Protection Coordination updates and enable members to exchange information on coordination and information management. If you would like to share a resource, raise a specific issue, or reach out in any other way to the global CP AoR, please email us at cp-aor@unicef.org.

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