2014 Syrian Arab Republic Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP)

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SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE RESPONSE PLAN 2014 NFIs Working Group agencies aim at targeted assistance focusing newly displaced population and host communities, whose coping mechanisms are further eroding, including vulnerable groups such as women, children, disabled, elderly, and Palestine Refugees. While there is a standard NFI package regardless of the season, the Working Group has agreed to add some items under the winterization project to help families cope with the weather conditions. The standard package consists of the following items: Items No. Items No. Mattresses 3 Kitchen set 1 Blankets 5 Hygiene kit 1 Diapers (child) 3 Jerry cans 1 Diapers (elderly) 0.4 Sleeping mats 1 Sanitary napkins 2 Plastic sheet 1 NFIs partners will aim at covering the needs of 4,680,000 affected persons, including women and children. UNRWA will focus on addressing NFIs needs for an estimate of 440,000 Palestine refugees, through provision of essential non-food items to affected refugee families and children as well as to IDPs hosted in UNRWA collective shelters. Given the reduced capacity of the local market, most of the procurement will have to be addressed internationally on a timely fashion. This will give ample time for the large amounts of items to arrive and be prepositioned at UN Hub level and finalize distribution plans to ensure coverage of the most urgent needs in all 14 governorates. UN agencies and operational partners will employ flexible processes, including rapid assessments, secondary data reviews, and sector specific assessments, to ensure coordinated and harmonized assessment processes despite the on-going challenges to obtain reliable primary assessment data to better inform the humanitarian response. A work-plan will be developed by December 2013. The objectives will be to agree on unified minimum tools to address assessment/reporting/ monitoring format in the coming year. Revision of the standard package content, based on field monitoring, is also in the agenda. Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues, including gender and protection Protection and Gender issues will be mainstreamed in all aspects of the Shelter/NFI Sector. Women, girls, boys and men of different ages experience crisis, civil unrest, displacement in distinct ways and have different needs. Gender roles and responsibilities often change dramatically during emergencies because men and women adopt different coping strategies for survival. Humanitarian programming should reflect and address these changing dynamics to achieve gender equality/equity in humanitarian actions. Given the tremendous scale of humanitarian challenges, a key challenge is to ensure that needs assessments are informed by a gender and social analysis and include sex and age disaggregated data. The targeted action in the NFI Working Group, addressing the disadvantage and special needs, is reflected in the standardized content of the assistance package providing equal opportunities among men/women; girls and boys. Age, gender and other diversities are taken into consideration in emergency responses, including preventive measures of SGBV incidents. Focus will be made in identifying specific needs for diversified population group during the shelter needs assessment. In coordination with other sector (FSAC, WASH) the Shelter/NFIs sector will contribute towards reducing morbidity due to harsh winter conditions among girls and boys less than 10 years of age. Furthermore, sector-specific protection mainstreaming guidance, such as checklist, will be developed with support of Protection Sector in the course of the year. Environment protection has been taken into account in planning and programming. NFIs Working Group has agreed to a standard NFI package which is in compliance with the environmental markers. The Working Group is committed to advice all actors involved to respect the IASC standards. Coordination mechanisms The Shelter / NFIs Sector consists of two Working Groups: Shelter and NFIs Working Groups. Each Working Group is the coordination forum for the member agencies, to develop unified and common approaches in programme operation as well as strategic approaches in the programming. Shelter / NFIs Sector closely works with its line Ministry, Ministry of Local Administration which co-chairs the Shelter Working Group together with 94