Newsletter | March 2018
Dear CPC friends and colleagues:
In this edition of our newsletter, we are proud to open with an update about the CPC Learning Network Advisory Board Meeting held on March 1, 2018. Spending time with the incredible CPC Learning Network Advisory Board members was a major highlight this month. It is also our pleasure to share with you recent publications and opportunities from our faculty affiliates and partner agencies.
We also want to thank everyone who filled out our feedback survey! The survey responses gave us important insights that we plan to utilize for strategic planning for the CPC Learning Network.

As always, feel free to send us any updates to share with the network.
Peace and warm wishes,
Mark Canavera and Lindsay Stark, co-Directors
 CPC Advisory Board Meeting
Advisory Board Meeting: On March 1, 2018, many members of the CPC Learning Network's Advisory Board Members came together at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where the CPC's Secretariat is housed. The goals of the meeting were to brainstorm the CPC Learning Network's strategic priorities in research, training, and networking for the coming three years and to propose new ways of working to reach these goals. Through dynamic discussions and group work over the course of the day, the CPC Learning Network Advisory Board members and Secretariat surely met these goals. 
In the coming months, the CPC Learning Network will begin to build out the new strategic plan, beginning with the seeds that were planted during the Advisory Board Meeting. Thank you to all of our incredible Advisory Board members!
Read more about the CPC Learning Network's Advisory Board here.
Articles and Resources from CPC Learning Network Faculty and Institutional Affiliates
Article: The story of the "now-women": changing gender norms in rural West Africa
This recent article published by CPC Learning Network faculty affiliate Ben Cislaghi in the Journal of Development in Practice offers a qualitative investigation of how human rights education sessions, embedded in a multi-faceted intervention, helped members of a rural community in West Africa challenge inequitable gender norms that hindered women's political participation. Results show a change in women's political participation and community members' descriptions of women's potential. Three features of the intervention contributed to this change: (1) its pedagogical approach; (2) its substantive content; and (3) the engagement of men and women together. The article calls for interventions that facilitate sustained dialogue between men and women to achieve greater gender equity.
Read the article here, or contact the corresponding author here
Article: How gender norms are reinforced through violence against adolescent girls in two conflict-affected populations
Violence against women and girls is a global concern, and particularly salient in humanitarian settings. Successful efforts to prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian settings must address a wide range of issues, from discriminatory laws to explicit community support for violence, and yet, at the core of these efforts is reducing oppressive gender and social norms. Director of the CPC Learning Network Lindsay Stark, CPC faculty affiliate Marni Sommer, and colleagues from the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) recently published an article in Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal on their study which examined local attitudes towards and social norms around responding to physical and sexual abuse of girls in villages in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and among Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopian camps. The findings suggest how communities use violence as a tool to enforce the importance of girls practicing community-defined "good" adolescent girl behavior, and have implications for gender-based violence programming among other conflict-affected populations. This study is a part of the IRC's COMPASS program: Creating Opportunities through Mentoring, Parental Involvement and Safe Spaces.
Read the article here, or contact the corresponding author here
Article: Supervision during social work education and training in Francophone West Africa: Conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence from Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire
CPC Learning Network co-director Mark Canavera and CPC faculty affiliate Bree Akesson recently published an article in the European Journal of Social Work that presents research exploring the conceptualization and practice of supervision during social worker training in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, Francophone West African countries whose social work education frameworks and processes are nearly absent in the academic literature. Drawing upon discursive analyses of training curricula as well as interviews and group discussions undertaken in 2014 with professors, administrators, and students, this study notes the centrality of fieldwork to training and heavy reliance upon faculty-field liaisons in both countries. Conceptually, supervision policy in these contexts emphasizes compliance: systematized visits by institute administrators to fieldwork sites (in Burkina Faso), regimented simulation exercises, and formal performance evaluations to gauge student progress. In practice, however, respondents were likely to highlight the importance of modelling and coaching, indicating the hybridization of 'harder' regulatory supervision with 'softer' mentoring approaches. This study contributes to global learning about the role of supervision in social work training by analyzing its theory and practice in two understudied countries, highlighting the emergence of new norms of practice within outmoded regulatory frameworks. The research shines light upon the creative ways that social work administrators are improving supervision of social work students' fieldwork in low-income countries with limited public resources. 
Read the article here, or contact the corresponding author here. Access a limited number of free e-prints of this article here.
Documentary: The Dissemination of the VAC Survey Findings in Uganda
The AfriChild Centre, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) led a nationwide dissemination of the national violence against children (VAC) survey findings in Uganda in November 2017. The AfriChild Centre is the CPC Learning Network's implementing partner in Uganda, and their powerful documentary highlights several discussions and resolutions made during the dissemination meetings. The documentary begins with statistics on physical and sexual violence perpetrated against Ugandan children, and delves into a presentation of the key findings and discussions that came from dissemination meeting participants. The 12-minute documentary includes footage from each region in Uganda where dissemination meetings were held, and features CPC Learning Network Advisory Board Member and Executive Director of The AfriChild Centre, Joyce Wanican. This documentary will be shown at different high-level meetings that the Centre plans on conducting going forward and can be viewed on the AfriChild Centre's YouTube channel.
Watch the documentary here
Articles and Reports from Partner Organizations
Toolkit: Optimizing Cash-based Interventions for Protection from Gender-based Violence - Mainstreaming GBV Considerations in CBIs and Utilizing Cash in GBV Response
While efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) must be a priority for all actors engaged in humanitarian response, and while cash itself is not risky, designing and implementing cash-based interventions (CBIs) without assessing the potential associated risks of GBV can lead to unintended negative consequences. The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps recently launched a new resource: the Toolkit for Optimizing Cash-based Interventions for Protection from Gender-based Violence (GBV): Mainstreaming GBV Considerations in CBIs and Utilizing Cash in GBV Response. This toolkit and accompanying resources are designed to help humanitarian actors ensure safe, quality cash programming for those displaced by crisis – especially displaced women, who are often the most at risk of GBV  and to promote implementation of two existing frameworks: The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, and the Cash Learning Partnership's (CaLP) Global Framework for Action. WRC also released a brief video that helps demystify the respective roles and responsibilities of cash and GBV practitioners in order to strengthen the prevention of and response to GBV, as well as to optimize cash as a tool for displaced persons' recovery and resilience. 
Access the toolkit here and the brief video here.
Policy Note: Working Methods 2006-2016: Strengthening the Impact of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict
The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict recently published its policy note entitled Working Methods 2006-2016: Strengthening the Impact of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. This note continues Watchlist's practice of providing updated analyses of the working methods of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. It examines and identifies trends in (1) the use of the Working Group's toolkit and (2) the time taken to adopt country-specific conclusions. This year, marking 10 years of the Working Group, the note includes insights on toolkit usage and adoption time from former participants in the Working Group, including chairs, as well as UN agencies and NGOs engaged with the UN's children and armed conflict agenda. The note also offers recommendations for further strengthening the working methods of the Working Group in relation to both the use of the toolkit and the adoption time of conclusions.
Read the full policy note here.
Research Brief: Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children – The Points of Intersection
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently released a research brief summarizing key information published in the article, Bridging the gaps: a global review of intersections of violence against women and violence against children. Evidence of intersection has implications for programs, policies, and research. Overlapping correlates suggest that consolidating efforts to address shared risk factors may contribute to preventing both violence against women and violence against children. Opportunities for greater collaboration include preparing service providers to address multiple forms of violence, better coordination between services for women and for children, school-based strategies, parenting programs, and programming for adolescent health and development. 
Read the research brief here.
Opportunities to Learn and Share
Mobile App: GPC Protection Mainstreaming Mobile Application (ProM)
A new version of the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Protection Mainstreaming Mobile Application (ProM) is now available for download on the Google Play and iTunes App Stores. The Protection Mainstreaming App is based on the Global Protection Cluster guidance available online and provides a solution to streamline protection mainstreaming guidance to organizations' specific needs. It provides specific actions that can improve adherence to key principles of meaningful access, safety, dignity, participation, and accountability in humanitarian action. Protection mainstreaming actions are organized by program sectors, protection principles, or project cycle stages. A new section on the app allows you to access a list of context-specific resources available for your country of intervention (i.e. assessment, tools, training opportunities). This mobile app can be used by any humanitarian actor, but is especially helpful for individuals responsible for project design, implementation, or monitoring and evaluation. It is available in English, French, and Arabic. 
Read more about the ProM here
Cash Transfer and Child Protection Task Force: Evidence Review on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Child Protection Consultant
As part of The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the Cash Transfer and Child Protection Task Force, which is co-led by the CPC Learning Network, IRC, and World Vision, is seeking a consultant for an evidence review on humanitarian cash transfers and child protection. The evidence review has been designed to identify the gaps in the academic/scientific literature around cash assistance and child protection in humanitarian settings, complementing and building upon the recent work of Save the Children and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP). The Cash Task Force is looking for individuals that are comfortable navigating academic literature while also able to translate findings for a practitioner audience, as the consultant will provide feedback on the findings for the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) revision process. UNICEF will be providing funding for the work of the consultant. The deadline to apply with a cover letter, CV, daily rate, and work plan is today, March 23, 2018.
Learn more about the position and apply here.
CBM International: Country Director, Indonesia Country Office
CBM International is currently hiring a Country Director for the CBM Indonesia Country Office. The Country Director will deliver CBM's Disability and Inclusive Development work in the country. As such, the Country Director will be responsible and accountable for leading the development and effective implementation of CBM's country plan and its operational requirements within Indonesia, ensuring high quality performance and alignment with CBM's federation strategy. The Country Director takes responsibility for strong financial discipline within the Country Office and for ensuring that partners are meeting and fulfilling CBM's programmatic, operational, and financial requirements. The Country Director identifies program opportunities and areas where the organization can demonstrate its value and relevance. The Country Director also promotes the CBM vision and country plan to external stakeholders, and establishes a high quality CBM team in Indonesia. This role is a local position, and the deadline to apply with a CV and cover letter is March 26, 2018.
Learn more about the position and apply here.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality Africa
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is hiring a Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality Africa. The foundation expects the Senior Program Officer (SPO) to look for holistic, integrated or cross-cutting solutions that overcome system impediments effectively and efficiently. The SPO, Gender Equality Africa is a critical technical role in the foundation's evolving gender work. This role will appeal to a creative and energetic problem-solver with a vision and capability to identify promising people, work and investments. This is a role for someone who can inspire and bring along partners, government decision-makers, and colleagues toward a concrete vision for change on gender equality. This position will be based in one of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Africa Country Offices, with the preference of the regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
The International Rescue Committee: Women's Protection and Empowerment Advocacy Officer
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is hiring a Women and Girls/Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Advocacy Officer. The position has a global focus with responsibility for developing the internal and external components of the WPE advocacy strategy in coordination with the German-based WPE Policy Advisor. Working closely with Policy and Advocacy colleagues and Regional Advocates, the WPE Advocacy Officer will design, support and, where required, lead initiatives and activities aimed to create lasting and transformational change in women's and girls' lives. The WPE Advocacy Officer will increase IRC's visibility and leverage the WPE team's technical knowledge, experience and connections to women and girls living in crisis-affected countries to mobilize action, improve systems of prevention and response, and lead the humanitarian community in new directions. This full-time position is based in Washington D.C., USA.
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
UNICEF: Consultancy Opportunities
UNICEF is currently hiring for two consultancy opportunities focused on data analysis on child protection and adolescence. The first consultancy is a six month consultancy focusing on data processing and database management, requiring two years of experience. The second consultancy is an 11.5 month consultancy focused on analysis and project management, requiring at least 5 years of experience. Both positions are based at New York HQ and the deadline to apply is March 29, 2018.
Learn more about the Consultancy: Data Analysis and Database Management and apply here.  
Learn more about the Consultancy: Data Support on Adolescence and Child Protection and apply here.
CHAI Liberia: KAP Study Consultant
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Liberia is looking for a short-term consultant to do a knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) survey. The main objective of the consultancy is to conduct a survey to establish the baseline status on the sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn health (SRMNH) indicators of the program related to availability of and access to SRH information, education, and contraceptives, particularly as it relates to adolescent-friendly health services provided at health facilities. The study's findings will establish the current status of KAP of adolescents and key informants surrounding SRMNH. Findings are also expected to inform the design of strategic and targeted interventions to achieve program objectives such as increasing adolescents' access to SRH information and services, and may be used to inform future program activities to address other SRMNH challenges. The KAP Consultant will be based in Monrovia, Liberia full-time for three months. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
UNICEF: Chief, Research on Child Rights and Protection
UNICEF is currently hiring for Chief, Research on Child Rights and Protection. The Chief, Research on Child Rights and Protection leads the Office of Research-Innocenti's work in this area, setting strategic directions for research; providing oversight and technical leadership of a portfolio of research projects; and managing a high performing, interdisciplinary research team. The Chief collaborates closely with UNICEF Child Protection colleagues in Headquarters and the field, as well as with academics, policy makers, implementing agencies, and practitioners. Additional roles include resource mobilization in support of the research agenda, communicating and disseminating research findings, engaging with users and stakeholders, and providing research support to UNICEF staff. This position is based in Florence, Italy, and the deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
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