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Sector Gender Focal Points Network: Jordan - Report 2019

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Coordination Overview

The Jordan Refugee Inter-Sector Working Group [ISWG] seeks to ensure that women and men (including young adults and elderly), girls and boys (including adolescents, children and infants) can equitably access the available humanitarian resources irrespective of their gender or age. This reflects the policies of its member organizations. One of the strategies that it uses is to sponsor a cross-sectorial network that focuses on how to effectively promote gender equality in the sectors’ needs analyses, strategic responses and activities, and response indicators aiming to oversee the humanitarian response to people seeking refuge in Jordan away from the crisis in Syria.

The response is organised into the following eight sectors: Basic Needs, Education, Food Security, Health, (including: Mental Health, Mental Health/Psycho-social, Nutrition and Reproductive Health), Livelihoods, Protection (including Child Protection, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence), Shelter and WASH. The Sector Gender Focal Point Network [SGFPN] comprises Sector Gender Focal Points nominated from each of the refugee sectors. In 2015 the network started with co-chairing arrangement of three UN Agencies that lead refugee sectors: UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP, and since April 2016 the chairmanship was handed over to UNHCR. Since its creation, the network benefited by the technical support of the Senior Gender Capacity (GenCap) and Senior Cash Capacity Advisors (CashCap).

In March 2018, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee [IASC] endorsed the Gender with Age Marker [GAM]. In December 2018, hosted by UNHCR, with the support of the GenCap and CashCap Advisors, the SGFPN rolled-out the GAM in Jordan, placing Jordan among the three pioneer countries launching the new IASC tool. The roll-out was attended by 73 Participants representing government ministries from the 12 Task Forces of the Jordan Response Plan [JRP], donors, UN agencies, NGOs/INGOs and the refugee Sector Gender Focal Points. For more information please browse the following link:

The role of the Gender Focal Points is to support their nominating sector to incorporate and monitor gender equality measures. The Network uses a range of strategies to support its members, including peer-learning, information sharing, coaching, training, training others, and sharing useful resources. For more detailed info on the network, please see the Sector Gender Focal Points Network page at

The network assists all refugee sectors, UN agencies and INGO/NGO partners that are part of the Syria Refugee Response in Jordan, to ensure that women, girls, boys and men have equitable access to humanitarian assistance through the ADAPT & ACT C Framework.

The ADAPT & ACT C Framework is a simple tool to help project staff review their projects or actions with a gender equality lens. All nine steps should be used to validate that the actions address the equal needs of women, girls, boys and men in the humanitarian response. The framework captures the key principles that underpin gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action:

Analyse gender roles and responsibilities;

Design services that meets everyone’s needs;

Access to services for Women, Girls, boys and Men;

Participation of women and men is ensured;

Training should benefit men and women equally;

Address Gender-Based Violence in sector programmes;

Collect, analyse and report sex- and age-disaggregated data (SADD);

Target actions based on a gender analysis;

Coordinate actions with all partners.

There is a series of resources at the disposal of sector coordinators and working groups members, including sex-and age-disaggregated data to assist identifying distinct needs of women, girls, boys and men; tailored strategies; gendered performance indicators; application of the gender and age marker, etc. Each sector is encouraged to have at least two gender focal points to support sectors to consider gender equality measures. Training, ongoing network support and coaching are available. The focal points meet monthly each first Thursday of the month.

UNHCR’s Inter-Agency Coordination Unit is overseeing the ISWG and SGFPN and works hand-in-hand with sectors to systematically support the consideration of Gender in the humanitarian interventions in Jordan by catalysing new thinking and adapting innovative approaches inspired from the GenCap Advisors deployed in the field, and UNHCR’s Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach contributing to the enhancement of an enabling environment to ensure that humanitarian responses do not further perpetuate gender inequalities through the distribution of goods and service provision. AGD considerations guide all aspects of UNHCR work, informed by the imperatives of promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls, as well as by the best interest of the child. As we hold ourselves accountable to persons of concern, the views of women, men, girls and boys of diverse backgrounds need to inform our interventions, and programmes.