The IASC Gender Standby Capacity (GenCap) project seeks to build capacity of humanitarian actors at country level to mainstream gender equality programming, including prevention and response to gender-based violence, in all sectors of humanitarian response. GenCap’s goal is to ensure that humanitarian action takes into consideration the different needs and capabilities of women, girls, boys and men equally. It is a critical part to building inter-agency capacity on the integration of cross-cutting issues into the cluster approach.
GenCap consists of a pool of 26 gender advisers at a P-4/ P-5 level to be deployed on short notice as an inter-agency resource to support the UN Humanitarian/Resident Coordinators (HC/RC), humanitarian country teams and cluster/sectors leads, in the initial stages of sudden-onset emergencies as well as in protracted or recurring humanitarian situations.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) administers the deployments and is the GenCap Advisers' employer. GenCap Advisers’ salary, DSA/hazard pay, insurance and flights are covered by the GenCap project.
GenCap Steering Committee
Consists of members from the IASC Sub-working group on gender in humanitarian action. Provides strategic direction, oversight and accountability. Approves requests in monthly meetings.
For Steering Committee members: click here to log in to restricted Steering Committee webpage
GenCap Support Unit
Responsible for daily management of project, including monitoring and evaluation. Supports the GenCap Steering Committee and GenCap Advisers in the field.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Contractually administers the GenCap pool of experts and maintains contact with the advisers on logistical and contractual issues before, during and after deployment.
GenCap is grateful to the governments of Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA for their generous support. The humanitarian country team in South Sudan shared some of costs the GenCap deployment in 2010. UN Action supported the development of the IASC Gender Marker in 2010.
The graph below shows the total contributions to GenCap from 2007 to 2010.
Contact GenCap Support Unit
The GenCap and ProCap Support Unit is based with the Humanitarian Coordination Support Section (HCSS) in OCHA Geneva. The support unit can be contacted for all queries related to GenCap and ProCap.
Office: D-610, UN Palais Geneva
Mirjam E. Sorli, GenCap and ProCap Support Unit Manager
Phone: +41 22 917 1769 / +41 79 444 3757
Pam Cramer, Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Phone: +41 22 917 1347 / +41 79 449 6443
Smita Kenkare, Administrative Assistant
Phone: +4122 9171704 / +41 79 444 3708
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