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)  
Petra Heusser Child Protection AoR Deputy Coordinator (UNICEF)  
Jennifer Chase GBV AoR Coordinator (UNFPA)  
Christelle Loupforest MA AoR Coordinator (UNMAS)  
Alexandre Corriveau Bourque 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
     
TT on Law and Policy Nathalie Antoinette Goetschi(UNHCR)
Julien Marneffe (NRC)
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TT on Donor Dialogue Annika Sandlund (UNHCR)
Jenny McAvoy (InterAction)
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 TT on Human Rights Engagement

 Elisa Gazzotti (Soka Gakkai International)

Fabian Wilches (LWF)

Valerie Svobodova (UNHCR)

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TT on Anti-Trafficking in Humanitarian Action Christy Fujio (Heartland Alliance International)
Andria Kenney (IOM)
Sam McCormack (UNHCR)
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TT on Protection Information Management Analysis Katherine Starup (DRC)
Ivan Cardona (GPC)
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TT on Cash for Protection Alice Hawkes (IRC)
Tenzin Manell (Women’s Refugee Commission)
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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
+41(22)7398120

Eva Garcia Bouzas
P.O Field Support
Garciab@unhcr.org
+41(22)7397798

Tatiana Iskindirova
P.O Project Manager
iskindir@unhcr.org
+41(22)7397626

Yasmine El-Behiery
P.O Field Support
elbehier@unhcr.org
+41(22)7398877

Sofia Khetib-Grundy
Global Protection Cluster Deputy Coordinator
khetibgr@unhcr.org
+41(22)7397060

Musa Al-asad
Info. Mgmt. Officer
alasad@unhcr.org
+41(22)7398793

Nancy Polutan-Teulieres
Senior Protection Officer
polutan@unhcr.org
+41(22)7398446


 

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