Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 23 Jan 2018
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Global Cluster Coordination Section, EMOPS
Duty Station: Home-based with support mission(s) to Chad (N’djamena and field trips in Lake Region and Logone Occidental)
Start date: 1 February 2018
Duration: 31 days over February-March 2018 (3 days of preparation, 21 days in Chad and 7 days remote support)
Type of contract: Consultancy
Following the recommendations of a STAIT mission in 2016, the humanitarian community in Chad has stepped up its efforts to implement the IASC AAP commitments throughout its interventions. An AAP Steering Committee has been established, which has developed the first national AAP Strategy and Action Plan endorsed by the HCT in June 2017. This consultancy will provide technical support to Clusters and their partners to operationalize the AAP Strategy and Action Plan.
The work is part of UNICEF EMOPS’ Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU)’s work plan priorities, and is supported through an OFDA-funded project “Ensuring Quality Programming and Accountability to Affected Populations.”
This work will contribute to and be part of the broader communication and community engagement initiative, a partnership between UNICEF, OCHA, the IFRC, CDAC Network and several other stakeholders, which seeks to establish more timely, systematic and predictable collective service for communication and community engagement with affected communities throughout all phases of the humanitarian program cycle.
Context and Rationale
Following the recommendations of a STAIT mission in 2016, the humanitarian community in Chad has stepped up its efforts to implement the IASC AAP commitments throughout its interventions.
In September 2016, an AAP Steering Committee composed of UN as well as of national and international NGOs was set up. Under the direct leadership of the HCT, this committee is tasked to elaborate a strategic vision for AAP implementation throughout the humanitarian operations in Chad.
In February 2017, this steering committee conducted a basic mapping exercise in order to identify gaps and opportunities regarding AAP implementation in current humanitarian operations. A number of shortcomings were revealed: while most humanitarian actors reported to already have some AAP practices in place, not even half (only 40%) reported to systematically engage with affected communities. In addition, while 67% of organizations stated to have complaint mechanisms in place, less than half regularly inform communities about these mechanisms. Areas of improvement also exist regarding Chad’s clusters. While each cluster has made commitments on AAP, for example, in the 2017 HRP, these commitments now need to be operationalized, in order to translate into concrete actions.
In June 2017, the Chad HCT endorsed its first national AAP strategy and Action Plan. Based on the five IASC AAP commitments, the strategy aims to strengthen collective commitment to AAP while also providing for concrete actions, mainly at strategic and technical levels, to be implemented through the HCT, the ICCG and the Clusters. With the endorsement of the AAP strategy, momentum for AAP in Chad has been reinvigorated. Collective efforts are now needed to ensure the implementation of the AAP action plan, and the roll-out of the IASC commitments also at the field level. In addition, at a more strategic level, the development of the 2018 HRP (starting in late summer), offers an opportunity to integrate concrete aspects of AAP, Communication with Communities/Community Engagement and CHS into this important humanitarian planning process.
In order to further operationalize the IASC AAP commitments in Chad, and to ensure their full integration into humanitarian activities, the development of a set of jointly agreed-upon, practical “minimum AAP commitments” is proposed. There is need to create consensus among partners and clusters around the precise content of such concrete minimum steps for each of the five IASC AAP commitments which each humanitarian actor shall pledge to respect and implement into humanitarian field activities. The development and operationalization of such minimum commitments will require a strong involvement of Chad’s Clusters as well as capacity-building at a field and (Ndjamena) capital level but also a sharing of good practices as well as tools, as necessary. At the same time, elements of an IA CBCM (yet to be set up in Chad) need to be linked into this process. There is need to ensure that these minimum commitments are realistic, concrete and provide clear guidance on the most relevant actions for the context of Chad. This may entail support through the provision of tool/mechanisms, as needed.
Chad’s HRP which already includes references to AAP consists of a multi-year strategy (2017-2019), to be implemented through annual plans.  In particular, the 2017 HRP includes a strategic objective focusing on Protection and AAP, and each cluster has committed to take action on AAP. However, cluster level commitments need to be operationalized. The process of elaborating the 2018 annual plan will be a formidable opportunity to ensure that each Cluster re-commits and concretizes actions to be taken on AAP, community engagement/Communication with affected Communities and Core Humanitarian Standards.
Therefore, this consultancy aims to:
Ongoing engagement with and support from the communication and community engagement initiative will ensure that the approach is supported beyond the duration of the consultancy, and that lessons from this consultancy are captured and benefit other countries. The integration of this consultancy’s results into the HRP will also contribute to the sustainability of the approach.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Initiated upon request from the AAP steering committee, this project will be conducted in close collaboration with the PSEA working group, and will target Cluster coordinators, co-coordinators, as well as staff from humanitarian organizations (national and international). The consultancy includes both in-country as well as remote support aspects.
The consultancy includes the following key elements
In your cover letter, please indicate your availability and daily rate (in US$) as well as estimated travel costs (including accommodations) to undertake the terms of reference above. The training and consensus-building workshops in N’djamena and in Gore and Bagasola can either be done as part of one field mission to Chad, or through two separate missions, depending on the consultant’s availability. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.
 UNICEF, Protection Cluster, WFP, OCHA, COOPI, CRS, Chadian Red Cross, Help-Tchad
 Leadership / governance; Transparency / information sharing; Feedback and complaints; Participation; Design, monitoring and evaluation
 The Chad HCT endorsed a PSEA roadmap in June 2017, with an IA CBCM training planned for late August 2017, to be implemented by IOM
How to apply:
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