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June 30, 2015: Whole of Syria Assessment Updates

Dear All,

In preparation for the upcoming Whole of Syria Assessment (WoSA), please find attached the WoSA concept note, timeline, and progress report to your convenience. We are also attaching presentations conveyed earlier in Amman and Gaziantep on the WoSA.

PDF icon_150623_nif_progress_and_remaining_requirements.pdf
File_nif_amm_presentation.pptx
File_nif_gzt_presentation.pptx
PDF icon20150630_nif_timeline.pdf
PDF icon20150630_wosa_conceptnote.pdf

Regards,

The NIF Team

June 23, 2015: Whole of Syria Assessment Workshop

Dear all,

As discussed and agreed during the ISCCG meeting yesterday, the dates for the Sprint WoSA workshop have been moved to 5-7 of July. Thanks a lot to all of you for your contributions in these discussions and sorry in advance for any inconvenience created.

Attached, you can find the workshop agenda and note updated.

Regarding logistics:

-Please confirm your participation by Sunday 28 COB, by sending a message to Chris Habib (Habibc@un.org) and Boris Aristin (baristin@immap.org)

-You will be receiving a logistics note on Thursday 25 COB the latest, including information about accommodation.

-Participants in the workshop should be in Beirut on Sunday 5, 9:00 till Tuesday 7, 14:00

File150623_wosa_methodology_fv.docx

File150623_wosa_workshop_agenda_fv.docx

The NIF Team

June 4, 2015: NIF Confidence Levels Tool

Dear all,

The attached NIF Confidence Level note and tool is result of one-month work of the different multi-sectoral initiatives and Gaziantep, Damascus and Amman hubs with the aim of developing a comprehensive and holistic tool following the NIF criteria of complementarity & harmonization. From now on, this tool will be used by all the multi-sectoral initiatives taking place inside Syria.
Package icon20150604_wos_confidence_level_briefingnote_final.zip
The NIF team would like to thank all the staff from the different entities and hubs that made it possible.

If you have any doubt about the use of this tool, please contact Chris Habib (Habibc@un.org) and Boris Aristin (baristin@immap.org)‏

Thank you,

The NIF Team

May 21, 2015: Updating the WoS Assessment Registry
Dear All,

We would like to thank Rosaria for sharing the Briefing Note on the Assessment Registry in addition to the constructive feedback we have received from the hubs. 
The briefing note on the Assessment Registry (150503_assessment_registry_briefing_note.pdf) aims at guiding hubs and sectors to collect information on assessments in a consistent manner ensuring minimum key metadata are recorded. 

The regional office has launched the Whole of Syria HumanitarianResponse.info portal which encompasses WoS products, links to the other hubs’ portals, a section on the “Needs Identification Framework” and most importantly an Assessment Registry linked to and consolidating all online hub assessment registries. 
What this means

  • Each of the hubs will keep on having their own HR.info portal
  • Each of the hubs will keep on updating their own online HR.info assessment registry
  • The WoS HR.info portal is linked to each of the hubs’ assessment registries and will consolidate them in one portal. 

OCHA Assessment Coordinators’ role with the sectors:

OCHA Assessment Coordinators are to circulate the excel sheet (20150521_nif_assessmentregistry_data_entry_template.xlsx) to their respective sectors and Assessment Working Group
The excel sheet should be filled out by the sectors and their partners conducting assessments or through the hub’s Assessment Working Group
OCHA Assessment Coordinators are to maintain and update their hub’s HR.info assessment registry by entering data collected using the excel sheet into their hub's HR.info registry

The Regional Office in turn will:

  • Ensure OCHA Assessment Coordinators have access to their hub’s HR.info portal by verifying their account as soon as they sign up
  • Ensure the WoS HR.info Assessment Registry is linked to the hubs HR.info registries and is automatically consolidating all registries into one - this is a work in progress and should be completed by Sunday COB.

Next steps/ Action Points:

  • Hubs confirm their Assessment Coordinator are registered and have access to HR.info to enter data on assessments
  • Hubs confirm their Assessment Coordinator has circulated an excel sheet for collecting key metadata (as listed in the Briefing Note)  to the sectors and through their Assessment Working Group

May 16, 2015: NIF Assessment Registry Template

Dear All,

Please find attached a briefing note on the WoS Assessment Registry in addition to the first document for preparing the information sharing SOP with the sectors. 

We have highlighted some meta-data fields in red to flag confidentiality issues which will be clarified in a following SOP document. 

Thanks,

The NIF Team

 150503_assessment_registry_briefing_note.pdf        150510_wos_assessment_registry-information_sharing_sop-_doc.1.docx            

May 4, 2015: Confidence Levels and Severity Scales

Dear All,

On behalf of the NIF team, we would like to thank all whom have shown interest and availability in providing technical and coordination support to develop unified Whole of Syria Confidence Levels and Sector Severity Scales. Sprint teams at the different hubs have been identified as per availability and expertise; we will be liaising closely with the teams for their support and to ensure a smooth and timely process. 

Now that the work-stream is initiated, we will start by compiling confidence levels and severity scales used by the different initiatives; a DropBox folder has been set up for that purpose. Following comparison of the different scales, a workplan addressing identified issues will be defined including division of labor between the teams.

Attached you will find the document detailing the sprint teams and timeline with key milestones; do not hesitate to contact Boris Aristin (baristin@immap.org) or myself (habibc@un.org) for more information.

Regards,

Chris

150504_nif_severity_scales_confidence_levels.pdf 

 Apr 26, 2015:   Subscribe to NIF Mailing List

Dear All,

Please note that we have set up a mailing list subscription form that will allow us to better manage and track subscribers on all NIF related announcements.

To subscribe to our mailing list, please click on Subscribe.

Thanks,

Chris

April 26, 2015: Invitation for 28 April 10 00 @ NRC Office: Follow up on Gaziantep workshop

Dear SIMAWG Sub Group on Needs and Workshop Participants , 
 
As announced on our previous communication, we are sharing now with you the 3 draft work streams concept notes we will discuss and finalize during our meeting. Big thanks to Boris, Chris and Abdon for pulling them together. 

The 3 attached draft concept notes are:

  • Work stream 2: Multisectoral methodologies’ comparative mapping (3 maps providing geographic, sectoral and temporal basic comparison)
  • Work Stream 8: Total Syria population estimates concept note
  • Work Stream 9: People in Need estimates concept note

Please have a look through them as they will be the basis for our discussions. The maps are a comparative analysis based on information you provided us with. The Two concept notes are a fleshed out version of the ones developed by many of you during the Gaziantep workshop. 

These notes are of a very drafty nature as they will serve as working papers for us, they are far from comprehensive or final. Please treat them accordingly :) 

I am looking forward to seeing you at NRC office, Shmeissani, Rezeq al-Rashdan St. Al Majeed Building No 9, 4th floor (Near Meridien hotel).
 
In addition to the NIF online platform here where we keep all communications and docs, we have also created an email subscription option for the ones that prefer emails. If you want to get subscribed to all NIF updates, you will just need to click here and get registered, it takes less than a minute. 
 
Our best wishes, 
 
William and Shannon

PS: Tomorrow Monday 27 we will share with you the telecom details

150426_concept_note_nif_work_stream_8-_total_syrian_population_estimates.docx 
150426_concept_note_nif_work_stream_9_-_people_in_need_estimates.docx
nif_initiatives_geo_all_apr2015.pdf 
nif_initiatives_mad_apr2015.pdf 
nif_initiatives_total_assessment_apr2015.pdf 

 Apr 26, 2015:   Subscribe to NIF Mailing List

Dear All,

Please note that we have set up a mailing list subscription form that will allow us to better manage and track subscribers on all NIF related announcements.

To subscribe to our mailing list, please click on Subscribe.

Thanks,

Chris

April 26, 2015: Invitation for 28 April 10 00 @ NRC Office: Follow up on Gaziantep workshop

Dear SIMAWG Sub Group on Needs and Workshop Participants , 
 
As announced on our previous communication, we are sharing now with you the 3 draft work streams concept notes we will discuss and finalize during our meeting. Big thanks to Boris, Chris and Abdon for pulling them together. 

The 3 attached draft concept notes are:

  • Work stream 2: Multisectoral methodologies’ comparative mapping (3 maps providing geographic, sectoral and temporal basic comparison)
  • Work Stream 8: Total Syria population estimates concept note
  • Work Stream 9: People in Need estimates concept note

Please have a look through them as they will be the basis for our discussions. The maps are a comparative analysis based on information you provided us with. The Two concept notes are a fleshed out version of the ones developed by many of you during the Gaziantep workshop. 

These notes are of a very drafty nature as they will serve as working papers for us, they are far from comprehensive or final. Please treat them accordingly :) 

I am looking forward to seeing you at NRC office, Shmeissani, Rezeq al-Rashdan St. Al Majeed Building No 9, 4th floor (Near Meridien hotel).
 
In addition to the NIF online platform here where we keep all communications and docs, we have also created an email subscription option for the ones that prefer emails. If you want to get subscribed to all NIF updates, you will just need to click here and get registered, it takes less than a minute. 
 
Our best wishes, 
 
William and Shannon

PS: Tomorrow Monday 27 we will share with you the telecom details

150426_concept_note_nif_work_stream_8-_total_syrian_population_estimates.docx 
150426_concept_note_nif_work_stream_9_-_people_in_need_estimates.docx
nif_initiatives_geo_all_apr2015.pdf 
nif_initiatives_mad_apr2015.pdf 
nif_initiatives_total_assessment_apr2015.pdf 

Date:                04/16/2015 04:34 PM

Subject:            7-8 April Gaziantep Needs Identification Framework (NIF) Workshop Report

Dear Sebastien, SIMAWG colleagues and NIF workshop participants,

First, thank you again for a very productive workshop and for your feedback to the report and active participation in this work. The workshop was the first step and work will continue through the online forum highlighted below, Needs Sub-group meetings and subsequent workshops. For those of you that want to follow the details of how the work is proceeding, please check into the online forum. We are committed to communicating the work of this group frequently and will have regular thematic, milestone and product updates.

Sebastien, as requested by the ISCCG and in-line with the request to keep the ISCCG updated on progress, I share with you the final NIF Workshop Report.

 We also prepared a couple of annexes that will serve as a basis for more practical follow up: Annex 1: WoS NIF concept note, Annex 2: Participants list, Annex 3: Sessions Report, Annex 4: Work plan. Note that the work plan is a work in progress and indicative at this point after our initial meeting.

In addition, we have set up an online forum you can find here that will serve as a platform for managing the process hereafter and sharing information and documents. This online forum is a dynamic workspace and will be populated as we go.

We also plan to convene a meeting for the SIMAWG Sub-groups on Needs to go into more detailed planning and distribution of tasks for the next steps. Details related to the SIMAWG Sub-groups on Needs will be communicated in a separate e-mail.

Please share with your respective constituencies as relevant and Andrew is available for any questions.

Many thanks in advance and best regards,

Andrew and Erik (SIMAWG Co-chairs)

Apr 22, 2015: Invitation for 28 April 10h00 : Follow up on Gaziantep workshop

Dear SIMAWG Sub Group on Needs and Workshop Participants,

As a follow up to the progress we made at the NIF workshop in Gaziantep, you have already received communication including the workshop report and the initial work plan. To stay up to date as we move forward with this process, please consult the online platform which we have created here. We are putting all communications and documents into this space for ease of access and to keep the group informed on developments.

Now it is time to continue with the agreed on substantive work.

For this purpose, we would like to call for a SIMAWG Needs Subgroup Meeting on Tuesday 28 of April from 1000 to 1300.

NRC has agreed to host the meeting in their office in Amman (Details will follow on Sunday including telecon).

The agenda of the meeting will be to:

1. Agree on a dissemination and feedback process, once we start producing recommendations and products.

2. Finalize the concept note and work plans for the 3 streams of work put together during the workshop: i) Assessment and monitoring registry, ii) PiN and total population, and iii) comparative analysis of existing data collection and analysis methodologies.

3. Agree on responsibilities and timelines for the 3 streams of work.

4. Analyze the mapping of multi sector methods of assessments and monitoring undertaken as recommended by the workshop participants.

In preparation for the meeting we aim to share on Sunday 26 April, 3 draft concept notes and work plans for the streams, as well as a draft mapping of the methods.

Looking forward to seeing you in person or through teleconference.

Best wishes,

William and Shannon

Apr 19, 2015: Message from the ISCCG Chair

Dear Andrew, colleagues,

Many thanks for sharing the results of this very productive NIF workshop that I am sorry I could not attend due to the SSG meeting taking place on the same date. Much appreciation is in order to all involved for agreeing on a clear work plan with deliverables that will help us move this key agenda forward on time for the HNO.

Much of the heavy lifting in delivering on the agreed work plan will take place in the next 6 to 8 weeks through the SIMAWG involving key specialists from all hubs in particular. Your leadership and the support of all will be crucial to deliver in this regard.

I look forward to discussing further in the coming days, including additional support that may be required from the OCHA team or agencies to facilitate the implementation of agreed next steps.

Warm regards,

Sebastien Trives (Chair ISCCG)
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Syria
Cell +963-958-880075
trives@un.org

 

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Apr 16, 2015: Coverage Mapping

Dear all,

 Following discussion and recommendations of the recent Needs Identification Workshop held in Gaziantep, please note that we havestarted the following Work-stream 2 to produce a comparative mapping of the existing data collection initiatives and plan on finalizing it by end of next week:

 

2

Methodologies’ comparative mapping

Leading agencies and focal persons contacted

Week April 12

All methods fitting together paper mapping (visuals + narrative)

Week April 19

   

Mapping analysis conducted included recommended next steps

Week April 26

   

  

All assessment initiatives are kindly requested it to send us the following information regarding respective geographical coverage:

  1. Map of last/planned assessment coverage
  2. List of Governorates and sub-districts covered or planned to be covered

By next week, OCHA RO will be producing the comparative analysis in terms of the 3 criteria. Please make sure you send the above to Boris Aristin (baristin@immap.org) or myself (habibc@un.org).

 

Thanks on behalf of the NIF team!

Chris

 

Apr 14, 2015: Welcome Note

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Needs Identification Framework site, a portal to keep us all updated and connected while ensuring an efficient, timely and collaborative approach to the work in progress across the different hubs.

Through the NIF portal, you will be able to:

1. Keep track of to-do's, important events and due dates
2. View methodologies, concept and guidance notes
3. Stay abreast of important updates 
4. Contribute to the work in progress in an interactive manner

We encourage you to have a look around to familiarize yourself with the platform and let us know if we have skipped anything.

Cheers,

NIF Team