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The GenCap project has the objective to focus with greater strength on and ensure a gender sensitive and equal approach in UN’s humanitarian operations based on the Security Council Resolution 1325 about women, peace and security.The GenCap Advisers support the strategic and operational response of agencies in applying gender-sensitive programming in humanitarian action. In doing so, GenCap seeks to ensure that women, girls, boys and men of all ages, affected by natural disasters or conflict, are able to access and benefit from assistance and support that cater to their different needs and experiences.

You can consult the GenCap 2018-2021 Strategy here.

Deployment of Senior GenCap Advisers

The IASC Gender Capacity Stand-by Project (GenCap) is a pool of Gender Capacity Advisers at a P-4/ P-5 level to be deployed on short notice to support the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator (HC/RC), the humanitarian country teams (UNCT) and gender networks in the initial stages of humanitarian emergencies.

GenCap Advisers provide technical leadership and support on gender-sensitive programming through close collaboration with humanitarian actors and building on existing resources within the following main areas of work:

  1. Information collection and analysis
  2. Programme and Monitoring
  3. Capacity Strenghtening
  4. Coordination
  5. Advocacy

While protection issues such as GBV is a part of the GenCap Advisers’ ToRs they will have a broader role in facilitating gender-sensitive programming in all sectors/ clusters of humanitarian response.

Gender in Humanitarian Action Training (GiHA)

GenCap launched the first Gender in Humanitarian Action Training (GiHA) in December 2014. This training has been designed to answer the recurrent demand for a stand-alone training on gender, enabling humanitarian practitioners to have an increased understanding of what is gender equality programming and how to apply it in their respective areas of work. The objective of the Gender in Humanitarian Action training is to provide participants with a variety of practical tools on gender that are transferable to the range of situations in which humanitarian workers may find themselves in the field. Learn more on the GiHA training here.

Facilitating Information Exchange and Common Standards

GenCap seeks to strengthen common understandings and approaches to gender through all aspects of the project. Meetings with UN agencies and other partners provide a forum to share and discuss common issues of concern in the management and deployment of surge and standby capacity, and feeds into broader discussions by the Inter-Agency sub-working group on Gender.

Evaluation of GenCap

The Project is evaluated on a regular basis through external evaluations (August 2017) as well as through reviews undertaken by the Steering Committee, with Donor Stakeholders, with the Gender Advisers themselves and through field assessment and advocacy missions.