At the beginning of the VAF project in late 2013, considerable amounts of data on Syrian refugees was available. However, the tools used to analyse and collect this data varied significantly between partners. The use of different vulnerability criteria meant that data was not full comparable or able to be combined in a comprehensive picture.
Vulnerability is defined as: the risk of exposure of Syrian refugee households to harm, primarily in relation to protection threats, inability to meet basic needs, limited access basic services, and food insecurity, and the ability of the population to cope with the consequences of this harm.
WHAT IS THE VAF?
In response to a growing awareness that the impact of assistance differs across various beneficiary populations, the UNHCR office in Jordan continues to collect comprehensive data that allows for both the targeting and prioritization of refugees from Syria known as the Vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF). The goal of the process is to gather data on and identify urban Syrian refugees’ vulnerabilities in order to facilitate more efficient and effective programming in Jordan. In order to do this, the VAF includes both a targeting component, which allows for increased knowledge on the vulnerabilities and assistance required by each case, and a prioritization component, which acknowledges that certain cases require different (more and /or faster) assistance than others. Together, these components allow for UNHCR and for partners alike to better identify the needs and vulnerabilities of the population of concern and prioritize cases in need of urgent assistance. The VAF however by nature is not solely a UNHCR initiative but a collaborative initiative developed with the engagement of donors, UN agencies and INGOs operating in Jordan.