Who are the REGA?

In brief, the REGA are senior GBV technical experts with substantial experience in humanitarian operations including coordination who function as inter-agency resources to enhance humanitarian GBV response capacities. The REGA develop the regional- and national-level capacity of humanitarian actors to strengthen GBV prevention, mitigation and response programming and coordination mechanisms.  REGA ensure the sustainability of their interventions by supporting country programs, sub cluster coordinators at national and regional levels, national institutions including ministries and other relevant actors to assume greater responsibilities for programming and coordination, promoting substantive institutional follow-up after country missions, and facilitating training-of-trainer workshops to national staff.  REGAs will work closely with cluster leads to support humanitarian actors to implement minimum standards, especially the GBV sub-cluster coordinators. REGA work is based on current best practices and resources, including but not limited to: The Handbook for Coordinating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (GBV AoR, 2010) and the revised 2015 IASC Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings.

These are key areas that the REGA may support as part of their capacity building role:

  • Lead consultations, dialogue and advocacy with line ministries and government counterparts and humanitarian senior management to strengthen coordination, solve bottlenecks and issues.
  • Lead advocacy efforts with HCTs and donors in support of the sub-cluster. In so doing, produce advocacy briefs for use in fund raising; help organize donor round tables; support the development of funding proposals.
  • Provide recommendations for effective GBV coordination adapted to context in line with global guidance.
  • Support the GBV sub-clusters in linking up with UN leadership to promote the implementation of the Centrality of Protection and working with the Protection Cluster on GBV integration into HCT Protection Strategies
  • Provide practical guidance to the sub-cluster on HPC processes; contribute to the Humanitarian Response Plans and Humanitarian Needs Overviews.
  • Lead and/or support the development of national strategy documents, sub-cluster work plans, SOPs, and information sharing protocols.
  • Provide training on GBViE preparedness and guidance on early warning indicators to enable planning and fundraising in preparation for a potential disaster, conflict or when a humanitarian crisis is intensifying.
  • Facilitate tailored trainings on a variety of topics such as psychological first aid (PFA), GBV coordination, case management, M&E, assessments, preparedness planning and GBV mainstreaming (among others).
  • Provide leadership on regional analysis of GBV issues, support the development of surveys, joint assessments and data collection tools; help coordinators analyze the data once it is collected.
  • Capacity building on coordination leadership for GBV actors and national partners to effectively lead coordination in all phases of humanitarian emergency through to recovery phase.
  • Strengthen or set up sub-national and/or sub-regional coordination mechanisms; develop ToRs, initiate service mapping; assess the capacity of partners within the referral pathway and provide support as needed.
  • Coaching/mentoring of international and national sub-cluster staff in coordination and advocacy
  • Support other clusters’ practical steps in mainstreaming of GBV (IASC GBV Guidelines 2015) to enhance GBV mitigation and prevention

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