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The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) has received a financial contribution to implement the GSC the Global Shelter Cluster Strategy 2013-2017 from DG ECHO’s Enhanced Response Capacity Fund for 2013-2014 and for 2015-2016.

DG ECHO contribution 2015-2016

After the successful implementation of planned activities in 2013 and 2014, DG ECHO continued to support the second phase of the GSC Strategy 2013 – 2017 through another two-year grant. This new contribution builds on the achievements realised through the first grant and enables the GSC to further enhance the support provided to country-level clusters.

This generous funding – along with additional resources secured through GSC partners’ own contributions as well as through other donors– allows the GSC to introduce a series of innovative approaches to address the challenges identified in previous years:

  • In line with the Strategic Aim 1 of the GSC Strategy 2013 – 2017, the deployment of surge capacity in the short and medium term will be enhanced to ensure continuity and predictability of country-level cluster coordination; The GSC surge capacity model will be strengthened by reinforcing and adapting the existing immediate surge capacity (Global Focal Points and Roving Focal Points (previously known as Regional Focal Points) and by addressing medium-term surge capacity through the role of the Senior Roving Cluster Coordinators.

  • Further developing Strategic Aim 2, the GSC will also reinforce integrated systems to inform improved practice and foster innovation. Closer links will be established between assessments, monitoring, and evaluation (AME) that will allow better quantification and qualification of the responses provided by cluster partners to meet shelter needs. Learning from these responses will be captured at country level and disseminated at global level through training, the GSC website, the Shelter Projects website and publications.

  • Following Strategic Aim 3, the improved capturing of information will enable the GSC to better explain the situation of country-level clusters and undertake evidence-based advocacy. This advocacy will be done through the enhanced network of cluster agencies that this Action will reinforce, and through specific projects. The GSC, including its Working Groups, will be strengthened to deliver functional tools and systems and promote consistency and accountability of shelter coordination.

The GSC agreed that UNHCR manages this DG ECHO grant on behalf of the cluster. On 1 June 2015 DG ECHO and UNHCR signed the contract for this contribution. During the first part of 2015, the GSC SAG proceeded to the selection of partners interested in carrying out some of the activities included in the DG ECHO proposal. The selection process was similar to the one implemented for the 2013-2014 grant. A summary of the activities and the criteria for the selection of partners was agreed by the SAG. An email update was sent on 6 July 2015 informing about this opportunity were sent to all global cluster partners asking for expressions of interest to implement the activities included in the DG ECHO proposal. An agreed format was provided. After a careful revision of the expressions of interest against the agreed-upon criteria, the SAG selected the partners to implement the activities supported by DG ECHO. Not enough expressions of interest were received for all the activities proposed in this initial call for expressions of interest, so additional calls were made. Finally, all activities were allocated. More information on the SAG can be found here.

The organizations that were selected by the SAG to implement these activities are the following:

Partners

Agency​

Activities​

ACTED / IMPACT

1 Global Focal Point for AM&E (50%); Deployment of Assessment Capacity and Purchasing of Satellite Images; Working Groups expenditure plus printing and production costs; 2SAG Retreat expenditures; Global Coordination Training and Workshop – travel expenses of coordination team partners from organizations other than the global co-leads; 4 National Workshops; Evaluation of country-level shelter clusters led by partners other than the global co-leads; Design of public information materials – printing and production.

IFRC

1 Deputy Global Shelter Cluster Coordinator (100%); 1 Global Focal Point for Coordination (100%); 1 Global Focal Point for Information Management (80%); 1 Roving Focal Point for Coordination (50%) - Asia Pacific; 1 GSC Associate; 1 GFP for Social Inclusion; 1 GFP for Technical Coordination (50%); Travel for Surge Capacity; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Global Coordination Workshop and GSC Meeting; Mid-term review of the GSC Strategy 2013 – 2017; Hosting of Website – maintenance and development.

IOM

1 Global Focal Point for Coordination​ (50%); Travel for Surge Capacity; Shelter Projects 2015-2016 publication.

NRC / NORCAP 1 Global Focal Point for Technical Coordination (50%).

UN-HABITAT​

1 Roving Focal Point for Coordination (100%) - Americas​.

UNHCR

1 Deputy Global Shelter Cluster Coordinator (90%); 2 Global Focal Points for Coordination (90%); 1 Global Focal Point for Information Management (90%); 2 Senior Roving Cluster Coordinators; Travel for Surge Capacity; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Global Coordination Workshop; Global Coordination Trainings; Website design fees; ECHO Grant Management Assistant (100%) and visibility costs.

 

Monitoring Mission

DG ECHO and the GSC undertook a joint monitoring mission to assess the extent to which the support provided by the GSC was benefitting country-level clusters. This mission took place from 16 to 21 November 2015 to Nepal. The mission report and its annexes can be found here.

Tools for Partners

For information on how to visually acknowledge ECHO’s financial support in the developed visibility materials, please click below:

ECHO Visibility Guidelines

For additional information on ECHO visibility, please visit: http://www.echo-visibility.eu/

Additional resources:

The following link takes you to the DG-ECHO Partners Website, in which relevant and up-to-date-resources pertaining to different aspects of the implementation of an ECHO-funded grant may be found (e.g. FAQs, training, distance learning, guidelines, etc.).

DG ECHO Contribution 2013 - 2014

The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) received financial support from ECHO Enhanced Response Capacity Fund from April 2013 until December 2014.  ECHO's key support enhanced the GSC's surge capacity and preparedness at country level. The proposal submitted to ECHO in 2013 and the activities  undertaken during 2013 and 2014 were aligned with the GSC 2013-2017 Strategy.  Eight partners engaged in the  implementation of the activities funded by ECHO, while UNHCR, as co-lead of the Global Shelter Cluster,  served as coordinator of their implementation.

The following leaflets summarize the ECHO contribution to the GSC surge capacity:

                   ECHO Contribution                                         Surge Capacity - GFP                                    Surge Capacity - RFP

Application to ECHO and selection of Implementing Agencies

The application to ECHO was led by the GSC Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on behalf of the GSC. In December 2012, the SAG agreed to present a proposal to ECHO led by UNHCR. The SAG agreed on a process to invite partners to participate and set the criteria for selecting the partners that would implement the activities. The criteria were based on the organization’s capacity, past support to the Shelter Cluster, willingness, and institutional commitment to continue with the activity after the end of ECHO’s funds, and others. Email updates informing about this opportunity were sent to all global cluster partners asking for expressions of interest to implement the activities included in the ECHO proposal. After a careful revision of the expressions of interest against the agreed-upon criteria, the SAG selected the partners that were best positioned to implement the activities  supported by ECHO.

The organizations that were selected by the SAG to implement these activities can be found in the table below under the title "Implementing Agencies".

A list of relevant documents from the selection process is available below.

Please see below the SAG meeting minutes related to this process:

- SAG meeting on 12 December 2012 deciding to present a proposal to ECHO
- SAG meeting on 6 March 2013 defining the process to select partners to implement the process
- SAG meeting on 27 March deciding which organisations will implement the project
- Decision from the SAG on IOM hosting of the RFP Asia and Pacific for Conflict (50%)

Implementing Agencies

Agency​

Activities​

                                     ACTED

1 Global Focal Point for A,M&E (50%); 1 Regional Focal Point - Africa; Enhanced Assessment, Reporting and Evaluation Capacity at country level; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Accountability Working Group expenditure1 Global Focal Point for A,M&E (50%); 1 Regional Focal Point - Africa; Enhanced Assessment, Reporting and Evaluation Capacity at country level; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Accountability Working Group expenditures; Coherence Working Group expenditures; Shelter in Recovery Working Group expenditures; SAG expenditures; Global Workshop; Printing and Production costs from Working Groups

Australian Red Cross​

1 Regional Focal Point - Asia​ and Pacific (50%)

IFRC​

1 Global Focal Point for Coordination; 1 Global Focal Point for Information Management; 1 Deputy Cluster Coordinator; Travel for Surge Capacity; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Global Workshop; Distance learning module on cluster operations and coordination; Professional fees and technical support and development for the website​

IOM​

1 Global Focal Point for Coordination​ (80%); 1 Regional Focal Point - Asia​ and Pacific (50%)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)​

1 Regional Focal Point - MENA; Regulatory barriers in the provision of shelter Working Group expenditures​

UN-HABITAT​

1 Regional Focal Point (80%) - Americas​

UNHCR​

2 Global Focal Points for Coordination; 1 Global Focal Point for Communication and Advocacy;  1 Information Management Jr; 1 Deputy Cluster Coordinator; Travel for Surge Capacity; Shelter Cluster Evaluations; Global Workshop; Professional fees for the website; ECHO Grant Manager and visibility costs.

Monitoring Mission

In December 2013 ECHO and UNHCR undertook a joint monitoring mission to assess how the Action was supporting country-level clusters. This mission was done jointly with the CCCM cluster which was also receiving an ECHO ERC contribution. Myanmar was chosen given the fact that it is a merged Shelter and CCCM cluster.

This is the report from the mission.

Tools for Implementing Agencies

For information on how to visualy include ECHO on the developed materials, please click below:

ECHO Visibility Guidelines

For additional information on ECHO visibility, please visit: http://www.echo-visibility.eu/

Additional resources:

The following link takes you to the DG-ECHO Partners Website, in which relevant and up-to-date-resources pertaining to different aspects of the implementation of an ECHO-funded grant may be found (e.g. FAQs, training, distance learning, guidelines, etc.).