Rapid Response Team

Established through secondments from member agencies, the AoR Rapid Response Team (RRT) provides high quality, rapidly deployable Child Protection coordination and technical capacity in humanitarian situations. Deployments are made to UNICEF, as Sub-Cluster lead agency for Child Protection, at the country level to support interagency coordination.

The RRT consists of high calibre professionals with proven coordination and information management skills as well as technical Child Protection expertise.

Meet the team

Which agencies provide RRT members?

Personnel are seconded from partner agencies to UNICEF as sub-cluster lead agency. Current members come from ChildFund Alliance, Norwegian Refugee Council, and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

How long are members available?

The Rapid Response Team can provide dedicated surge capacity to any country office taking on the role of Child Protection Sub-Cluster lead 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 should be considered and recruitment should be initiated, either through standby arrangements or UNICEF staff.

How much does a deployment cost?

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 contract is needed, although ToRs must be provided with the initial request and RRT personnel must be fully accommodated within the Country Operation (Official ID card; assigned supervisor; included in the organizational chart and security arrangements; induction briefings; necessary equipment and transportation). Generic ToRs are available in order to facilitate the development of more specific ToRs.

Are members of the Rapid Response Team 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 Child Protection 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 to request an RRT?

The deployment of the RRT is managed through existing Standby Agreements administered by UNICEF (EMOPS) in Geneva. A Request Form and ToRs should be provided for every request.

If you would like to know more about the services the Rapid Response Team can provide or request a deployment, please contact Julien Temple, Emergency Surge Capacity Manager (jtemple@unicef.org) and Bilal Sougou, Deputy Coordinator (bsougou@@unicef.org).

 

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