Contribution to the UN-OCHA 2017 Yemen Appeal - Strengthening humanitarian coordination and advocacy in Yemen



Contract partner: UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - SwitzerlandCountry: Jemen Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.01.2017End: 31.12.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal


OCHA's goal in Yemen is to identify and prioritize assistance, ensure the most vulnerable have access to basic services and protection in a timely and principled manner, all while advocating for a political solution to the conflict.


OCHA will advocate with national and local authorities and donors to contribute to timely and principled humanitarian action as well as strengthened humanitarian leadership, coordination, and accountability. OCHA will continue ensuring that its engagement with non-state actors is informed by the humanitarian imperative and guided by common humanitarian principles seeking their commitment to guarantee humanitarian space.

 


Expected results


1. Humanitarian leaders and coordination mechanisms are supported to ensure the effective and coherent delivery of assistance.

2. Production of a more evidence based HNO (Humanitarian Needs Overview) and HRP (Humanitarian Response Plan) for 2017 (document produced and monitored through a mid-year review and periodic monitoring reports).

3. Increased humanitarian financing for the 2017 HRP (based on a budget of 1.9 billion USD) and the Yemen pooled fund (target of 65% funding for HRP).

4. Production of 12 Humanitarian Bulletins (1 per month), 12 Humanitarian Snapshots (1 per month), 2 PMR (Periodic Monitoring Report, twice a year), 12 "3W" (Who does What Where) maps, 6 humanitarian dashboards (1 every 2 months).

 


Target group / Beneficiaries


The direct beneficiaries are those agencies and organisations working to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people, and are identified by their participation in the coordination mechanisms (Clusters, etc.) and also their partners and contractors who deliver and monitor at the local level. More than 100 humanitarian organizations are currently working in Yemen's 22 governorates - 65 national NGOs, 32 international NGOs, and nine UN agencies. This does not include humanitarian organizations that do not participate in the multi-layered coordination system. The indirect beneficiaries are those that the rest of agencies are including as direct beneficiaries, that is, the recipients of humanitarian assistance who will benefit from more regular aid delivery and from enhanced and safer access to humanitarian services. We can assume as total number of indirect beneficiaries the number of beneficiaries that the 2017 Yemen HRP targets (12 million) provided the appeal is fully funded. OCHA is not an operational agency; therefore it is not possible to quantify the number of people to be reached. However, it can be assumed that the Austrian funding would benefit roughly 3,000 people.

Location:

OCHA’s Yemen operation is comprised of 26 international and 48 national staff based across Yemen, Amman, Jordan and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In Yemen, 13 international staff and 40 national staff members are working in the capital Sana'a and five operational hubs in Aden, Al Hudaydah, Sa'ada, Sana'a and Ibb.


Activities


1. Conduct inter-cluster coordination group meetings to ensure complementarity of humanitarian response through the HCT strategic planning/field operations and agreed coordination agreements.

2. Provide secretariat support to the Humanitarian Coordinator and HCT in agenda setting, situation updates, preparing policy and strategic support for strategic decision making, identifying actions and tracking implementation on a monthly basis

3. Provide on-going support to facilitate access and expand humanitarian space;

4. Ensure appropriate response to the needs of IDPs, including through the participation in the Technical Advisory Group for the Task Force on Population Movement;

5.Support collection, monitoring and analysis of information across sectors/actors with emphasis on cross-cutting themes (ie. gender, protection, IDPs and community engagement)

6. Implement an overall protection strategy;

7. Strengthen the capacity of national/local partners;

8.Consolidate and expand achievements under the Humanitarian Pooled Fund effort.


OCHA will advocate with national and local authorities and donors to contribute to timely and principled humanitarian action as well as strengthened humanitarian leadership, coordination, and accountability. OCHA will continue ensuring that its engagement with non-state actors is informed by the humanitarian imperative and guided by common humanitarian principles seeking their commitment to guarantee humanitarian space.


Context


Yemen has suffered decades of poor governance, corruption, weak rule of law as well as the lack of protection and promotion of human rights, alarming indicators of poverty and other humanitarian needs.

Almost 2 years of conflict have exacerbated chronic vulnerabilities leaving an estimated 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance - a nearly 20 per cent increase since late 2014. This includes

10.3 million people in acute need, who urgently require immediate, life-saving assistance in at least one sector. Due to the conflict, which

has caused a pervasive protection crisis, forced displacement, severe economic decline, and the collapse of basic services and institutions, humanitarian needs have risen sharply in all sectors. Primary risks are directly and indirectly linked to the political and security situation in the country.

The total of OCHA’s requirements for its Yemen program amounts to $ 9,363,090 per January 2017.

project number2770-01/2017
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
tied
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