WHO WE ARE

The Global Protection Cluster is a network of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and United Nations (UN) agencies, engaged in protection work in humanitarian crises including armed conflict, climate change related and natural disaster. The GPC is mandated by the IASC, led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), governed by a Strategic Advisory Group, co-chaired by the GPC Coordinator and an operational NGO, and serviced by a multi-partner Operations Cell.

The GPC unites members, partners and communities working on the full gamut of protection activities, including in four specialized Areas of Responsibility (AoRs): Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Housing, Land and Property and Mine Action. The GPC contributes to and benefits from the broader IASC system, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), various human rights treaty bodies and key development and peace building and peacekeeping actors, and through building partnerships with international financial institutions and the private sector.

 

Our Vision

People are protected in humanitarian crises and their rights respected and solutions found in accordance with international law.

Our Mission

Ensuring well-coordinated, effective and principled protection preparedness and responses, and that protection is at the core of all humanitarian action and recognized as essential in any nexus with development and peace.

Leadership

UNHCR is the Global Cluster Lead Agency for Protection. In this capacity UNHCR has the responsibility to lead and coordinate other United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisations and Non-governmental organisations participating in the GPC.

In light of their thematic expertise, other agencies have been designated as focal point agencies for specific Areas of Responsibilities (AORs) within the GPC:

GPC Coordination Team

NAME ORGANIZATION  
William Chemaly Global Protection Cluster Coordinator (UNHCR)  
Sofia Khetib-Grundy Global Protection Cluster Deputy Coordinator (SDC)  
Michael Copland Child Protection AoR Coordinator (UNICEF)  
Joyce Mutiso Child Protection AoR Deputy Coordinator (UNICEF)  
Jennifer Chase GBV AoR Coordinator (UNFPA)  
Astrid Haaland GBV AoR Deputy Coordinator (UNFPA)  
Bruno Donat MA AoR Coordinator (UNMAS)  
Christelle Loupforest MA AoR Deputy Coordinator (UNMAS)  
Jim Robinson HLP AoR Coordinator (NRC)  

Task Teams

The GPC’s Task Team’s are established to guide activities of the GPC Work-Plan and effectively implement them. They are led by participants of the GPC and are time-bound.

TASK TEAM CO-CHAIRS TOR
     
Law and Policy Martina Caterina (UNHCR) Download
Human Rights Engagement

Elisa Gazzotti (Soka Gakkai International)

Isaiah Toroitich (LWF)

Valerie Svobodova (UNHCR)

 
Anti-Trafficking in Humanitarian Action

Andria Kenney (IOM)

Christelle Van Rosmalen (UNHCR)

Sam McCormack (GPC)

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Cash for Protection

Stefan Schmoldt (IRC)

Tenzin Manell (WRC)

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Donor and Member States Liaison Group

Annika Sandlund (UNHCR)

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Information Analysis Working Group Jude Sweeney (DRC)
Boris Aristin (UNHCR)
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GPC Operations Cell

The GPC has established an Operations Cell with staff from UNHCR, the Swiss Development Cooperation, ProCap and CashCap to deliver on the objectives of the 2016-2019 Strategic Framework. The Operations Cell was formerly known as the Support Cell and the change in its name reflects the emphasis on its engagement with the field. The Operations Cell supports field clusters in their responsibility to craft an appropriate response and provides critical support to the Global Cluster Coordinator by monitoring the GPC’s Work-Plan, influencing planning and resource mobilization.


William Chemaly
Global Protection Cluster Coordinator
Chemaly@unhcr.org

Caroline Blay
Senior Protection Advisor
blay@unhcr.org

Tatiana Iskindirova
Leadership and Coordination Project Manager
iskindir@unhcr.org

Boris Aristin Gonzalez
Senior Needs Analysis Officer
aristing@unhcr.org

Ivan Cardona Landinez
Information Management Officer
cardona@unhcr.org

Jude Sweeney
PIM Officer – IAWG Co-Lead
jude.sweeney@drc.ngo

Julien Marneffe
Head of Field Operations and Support
marneffe@unhcr.org

Sofia Khetib-Grundy
Global Protection Cluster Deputy Coordinator
khetibgr@unhcr.org

Musa Al-asad
Information Management Officer
alasad@unhcr.org

Dorothy Sang
COVID-19 Advocacy Coordinator 
dorothy.sang@oxfam.org

Sam McCormack
Associate Legal Officer (Anti-Trafficking) 
mccormac@unhcr.org

Yasmine El-Behiery
Learning, Development, and Capacity Building Lead
elbehier@unhcr.org

Nancy Polutan-Teulieres
Policy and Standard Setting Lead
polutan@unhcr.org


 

GLOBAL DATABASE ON IDP LAWS AND POLICIES
The Global Protection Cluster (GPC)’s Task Team on Law and Policy conducted a mapping exercise to capture up-to-date information on countries with IDP laws and policies. Read More

GPC HELP DESK
The first point of contact for all Field Support requests and queries.
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PROTECTION CLUSTER COORDINATION TOOLBOX

Find the necessary tools on the coordination of a field protection cluster. Read More