Learning from the important measuring separation in emergencies pilots
Learning from the important measuring separation in emergencies pilots
Newsletter | September 2015
Dear friends and colleagues:
In this newsletter, we are excited to present the learning generated through the first phase of an inter-agency project that we have been involved in: measuring the separation of children from their families in emergencies.  You'll find below a number of reports and updates about this work that is filling a critical knowledge gap in humanitarian settings.
In addition to a host of other resources, you'll also see information about our brand-new Instagram account below.  Photo lovers, please click through!
Mark Canavera, Associate Director 
Project: Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE)
We are delighted to announce the addition of seven new reports to the Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE) project. The reports, in both English and French, detail pilot studies of both a population-based estimation tool and a community-based surveillance system used to measure the separation of children from their families in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014.  The development of practical, field-tested tools like the population-based estimation tool and community-based surveillance tool creates further opportunities to strengthen emergency response programming for unaccompanied and separated children (USAC) by enhancing the assessment of the scale and nature of separation in emergencies.  
The MSiE project is funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, implemented by Save the Children  and the CPC Learning Network at Columbia University in association with other academic partners, including Johns Hopkins University, and steered by members of the Inter Agency Working Group on Unaccompanied and Separated Children and the Assessment and Measurement Task Force of the Global Child Protection Working Group who form a project-specific Advisory Panel. Learn more here.
Call for Expression of Interest: Country Pilots
Expressions of interest from country offices interested in hosting a pilot field-test of both the population-based estimation method and a method for measuring separation in residential care settings in a rapid-onset, acute emergency context for Phase 2 of this project are still be accepted.  View the call for expressions of interest here
For submission of expressions of interest and more information please contact email Ms. Anna Skeels at Save the Children as soon as possible.  
Webinar: Measuring Separation in Emergencies
The CPC Learning Network invites you to attend a webinar on the above work on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 9am to 11am EDT.  The webinar will include a description of the population-estimation tool and community surveillance tool piloted, followed by response from practitioners with a lively discussion open to audience questions at the end.  
Registration email to be sent soon!
Report: Community-Based Surveillance Method to Measure Separation in Emergencies: Pilot Summary Report, Democratic Republic of Congo
This report by CPC Network Director Lindsay Stark and colleagues is a summary document on the field testing of the community-based surveillance method in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The surveillance method was used to monitor new cases of separation in real time. The pilot  demonstrated that the community-based surveillance method works in practice – able to provide continuous, real-time information about trends and basic characteristics of UASC in a protracted emergency setting.
Read the full report here. Version Française ici.
International Conference on the Impact of Armed Conflict and Terrorism on Children
The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) have announced the International Conference on the Impact of Armed Conflict and Terrorism on Children to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2016. The conference aims to bring together key actors, such as governments, international bodies, civil society, and faith-based organizations to deliberate on the impact of armed conflict and terrorism on children with a goal of coming up with strategies for child protection.  The conference will be in Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2016. Abstract submission is open through October 9 here.
Report: Population-Based Estimation Method to Measure Separation in Emergencies, Pilot Summary Report, Democratic Republic of Congo
This report by CPC Network Director Lindsay Stark and colleagues reports on the field testing of the population-based estimation method in North Kivu in the DRC. The estimation method was used to estimate the scale and basic characteristics of separation resulting from the armed group M23’s takeover of Goma in December 2012.The population-based estimation tool was found to be effective in measuring numbers and characteristics of UASC with some important lessons learned for future piloting. 
Read the full report here. Version Française ici.
Fact Sheets: “As a Matter of Fact”
The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC)'s fact sheet series "As a Matter of Fact" discusses key research findings on the importance of child abuse prevention.  These fact sheets use research to promote and guide child abuse prevention practices.  All of NCAC's fact sheets are designed to be used as a public awareness tool by any organization, community, or individual.  They may be downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed here.
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Technical Advisor II-4C Project Knowledge Management & Communications, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
This position will work with the 4Children project to improve the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and other adversities.  Key responsibilities of the Knowledge Management and Communications Officer include overseeing the knowledge management plan and platform of 4Children and ensuring timely dissemination of quality and relevant information from a number of subprojects around the world.  The position is full time and based in Baltimore, MD. More information is available here.
Program Specialist- Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families Project, 4Children
This position requires strong demonstrated experience in the areas of project management, operations, and consultant management as well as a strong knowledge of donor requirements, especially US Government (USG) contracts/grant agreements, and program support needs. "Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families" is an applied research project through 4Children.   The project focuses on strengthening family care among households where there is a high risk of children separating or where children can be reintegrated after having been placed in residential care. 4Children will implement this project in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Uganda.  The program specialist will be based out of CRS headquarters in Baltimore, MD and is a full time position. More information available here.
Sr. Director of Education and Protection, Plan International
This position is responsible for growing the market share with USG, multilateral foundations, and corporate funders to maximize Plan revenue and influence in the education and protection fields.  The Sr. Director will provide technical direction and management oversight to ensure the successful implementation of Plan’s multi-country, grant-funded project portfolio; organize and supervise a team of in-house technical specialists from across the organization; engage with Plan’s Federation-wide education and protection network; represent Plan at technical conferences, symposia, etc.; lead related research and documentation efforts; and develop strategic partnerships with other USAID implementing organizations. This is a full time position based out of Washington D.C.  More information is available here.
Input Request: Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Strategy
The International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) would like to invite you to participate in an important survey on humanitarian protection work.  This 10-20 minute survey is to support GPC in its efforts to develop a Revised Strategic Framework for 2016-2019. The survey is available in both English and French.
Call for Papers: Population Association of America (PAA) 2016 Annual Meeting
PAA's conference is open for submissions through September 25 for the 2016 PAA Annual Meeting (#PAA2016) here. The 2016 meeting will be held March 31 - April 2 in Washington, DC. You can find the call for papers and other information on the PAA Website.
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