The GPC’s renewed vision and outward looking Strategic Framework represent a deepened operational focus, engagement of new partners and an emphasis on new thinking. This is reflected in a new governance structure, which directs attention to supporting the field in delivering protection programmes.

The High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) will be convened by the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, bringing to bear the convening power of the Office and based on existing experience with an advisory group on gender, forced displacement and protection. People who have proven to be thought leaders and change agents from around the World participate in the HLAG on a personal basis rather than because of the office they fulfil.

The Programming Reference Group (PRG) brings together twice a year the Areas of Responsibility, Task Teams of the GPC, and several field coordinators. The group is chaired by the GPC Coordinator and its ToRs were created based on a proposal from the Operations Cell. The over-riding objective of the group is to ensure coherence in protection programming at the field level. This group should also help create and dissolve Task Teams upon completion of their work.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) provides oversight of the implementation of the Work-Plan 2016-17. It is chaired by the GPC Coordinator and meets on a quarterly basis. The group is formed of 5-6 humanitarian agencies, based on operational relevance and geographical and language diversity, and will last as long as the life of a Work-Plan. It will create its ToRs based on a proposal from the Operations Cell.

The Technical Working Group has oversight of the implementation of the Work-Plan, and through that, the work of the Operations Cell within the limits of its existing accountability. The remaining groups are outward-looking, focused on programme coherence and strategic direction. The relationship between the groups is not hierarchical.

Our Commitment to Partnership

The GPC is guided by the Principles of Partnership, which underscore that participants respect each other as equal partners, undertake tasks with transparency, adopt a results oriented approach, show responsibility in the implementation of activities, and ensure complementarity of participants’ activities.