UNDP Early Recovery Coordinator Position

Early Recovery is a key component of humanitarian crisis response. Early Recovery addresses recovery needs during the humanitarian phase, using humanitarian mechanisms in accordance with development principles. It is an integrated, inclusive, and coordinated approach to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. Emergency relief addresses peoples’ survival and basic wellbeing. Early Recovery restores people’s capacities and supports communities’ first steps to recover from the crisis. The Global Cluster on Early Recovery (GCER) advocates for humanitarian actors to integrate approaches into their humanitarian work, where possible, that will mitigate the impact of a future crisis on a community. The Early Recovery approach presents important opportunities to promote gender equality, accountability to affected population and local participatory approaches.

As the scale of needs continues to grow, and following the adoption of resolutions 2139 and 2165 by the United Nations Security Council, humanitarian actors operating inside Syria from Damascus or across the Turkish and Jordanian borders met in Beirut on 3 September 2014 and decided to embark on a “Whole of Syria” (WOS) approach in an effort to improve the effectiveness and operational reach of their collective responses.

The cornerstone of the WOS approach is a commitment by all humanitarian partners to a coordinated response through the IASC sector/cluster approach to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their response through (1) developing a principled, predictable and systematic operational planning process; (2) ensuring greater coherence across the different operational modalities (i.e. cross-line, cross-border or regular programmes) through improved coordination; and (3) strengthening information-sharing and monitoring of response.

As the crisis is likely to continue to worsen and with no prospect for a political solution to end of the violence in sight, addressing the gaps in coordination is an important pre-requisite to continue delivering an effective and principled humanitarian response to prioritized humanitarian needs in Syria going forward. Al though the majority of the sectors have made progress over the past months in compiling Whole of Syria response information, there continues to be a need to bolster and standardize coordination structures in Syria, neighboring countries, southern Turkey and other staging areas for cross-border operations, to ensure maximal interoperability. While the majority of sectors/clusters have “Whole of Syria” mechanisms in place, the Early Recovery Sector led by UNDP Syria, the WoS coordination architecture is not fully in place yet. The Damascus based “WoS Early Recovery Coordinator” conducted exploration missions to Amman and Gaziantep to assess the need and possibility of establishing the ER sector under the WoS context. Findings of the mission clearly indicated the need for ER Coordinator to be placed in Gaziantep as a first step and another in Amman at later stages. This will help better understand the operational context from Gaziantep and Amman including programmatic opportunities for ER and lay the foundation for more ER work and capacity development of potential partners and stakeholders on mainstreaming ER into the operational sectors/clusters plans which will eventually set the basis for a complete whole of Syria response under the ER sector.

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