The CP AoR provides in-country coordination support through a variety of options, including the CP AoR Rapid Response Team (RRT). For a full Menu of Options of in-country support options, please contact Michael Copland, CP AoR Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
in 2016, RRT members spent 569 days providing in-country support in 8 countries.
Q&A on the CP AoR RRT
What is the RRT?
The RRT provides high quality, rapidly deployable child protection coordination and information management technical capacity in humanitarian situations. Deployments are made to UNICEF, as the sub-Cluster lead agency for Child Protection, to support the inter-agency coordination of child protection responses at country-level.
Who are the RRT?
The RRT consists of five child protection professionals with proven coordination and information management skills as well as technical child protection expertise who are provided by partners such as the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), ChildFund Alliance, and Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SDC) – and seconded to UNICEF as the sub-Cluster lead agency.
How long are they available?
The RRT can provide dedicated surge capacity for a Child Protection Coordinator or Information Manager. RRT personnel are deployable for a period of up to 12 weeks. From Day 1 of the RRT deployment, long-term solutions including recruitment should be initiated, either through stand-by arrangements or direct recruitment of UNICEF staff.
What are the costs associated with a deployment?
Where the Country Office is not able to cover the cost of deployment, all costs except for in-country travel can be covered by the RRT budget.
Does a contract need to be issued?
No written contract needs to be issued, but after a call with the Representative, Deputy Representative or other senior management, there must be clear agreement on the roles and responsibilities and agreed next steps. Terms of References (ToRs) must be provided with the initial request, and the RRT personnel must be fully accommodated within the Country Office (Official ID card; assigned supervisor; included in the organizational chart and security arrangements; induction briefings; necessary equipment and transportation). Generic ToRs are available for the development of more specific ToRs.
Are RRT personnel UNICEF staff?
RRT personnel are employed by their organizations and are seconded to UNICEF through a standby arrangement with partner agencies. They are to be fully accommodated within the UNICEF Operation. Under the UN Rules and Regulations, they are considered as Type II Gratis Personnel, and are given the status of ‘Experts on Mission’ to the UN.
What about support for UNICEF’s own emergency CP response?
The RRT is not intended for agency specific interventions. Support for UNICEF’s own response can be sought from the Regional Emergency Advisor, staff on mission from other UNICEF offices, other standby agreements, and external recruitment.
Who to contact?
The deployment of the RRT is managed through existing standby agreements administered by UNICEF (EMOPS) in Geneva. A request form and ToR should be provided for every request. For more information, please contact: