TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO FIELD TEAMS
NCCT (National Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Coordination Team (NCCT) conducted outreach missions to Aden, Hajjah and Ibb governorates from August to October 2018. The exercise aimed at providing technical support to Sub National Cluster teams, assess living conditions of IDPs hosted in different types of temporary sites and to directly engage with them, consult with humanitarian community on their experiences, and to chart a way forward on effective and accountable service delivery; and to dialogue with both the national/local authority and host community. Another key aspect of the mission was to popularize the concept of SMC (Site Management and Coordination) through trainings, with focus on how SMC relates to the CCCM Global Cluster; define the SMC Vision, Goals and Objectives in Yemen, explain the integrated approach to service delivery; and the roles and responsibilities of various entities within the integrated multi‐cluster approach to SMC in Yemen; andto incorporate feedback from the training in to the SMC Strategy.
The participants included representatives from INGOs, NNGOs, the national/local authority and other humanitarian service providers. It was however challenging to reach out to a wider representation from the humanitarian community, and the local authority in Aden due to insecurity and other underlying factors related to the conflict. This exercise is expected to continue in 2019 to cover the remaining governorates.
CREATION OF SMC COORDINATION STRUCTURES
SMCAG (Site Management and Coordination Advisory Group) has been established at the national level to provide technical support on SMC to the Hubs. At hub level, the Shelter/NFI/CCCM Sub-National Coordinators in collaboration with partners are in the process of establishing SMC TWiGs (Technical Working Group) which will work closely with the SMCAG to move forward SMC related activities at the governorates and district levels.
ENHANCING PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION
The Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster at both national and SubNational levels continue holding consultative meetings with the authorities at the national and local levels in order to establish and build on stronger collaboration aimed at improving living conditions of IDPs, and to strengthen cohesion with host communities. NAMCHA together with Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Coordination Team has agreed to jointly implement the SMC Mobile Team project in the field. The SNC has identified the total number of Sites, household, sites with partners, sites without partners, piloted sites, districts with high, medium and low constraints, as well as the total number of households within the 7 governorates of Al Jawf,
Amran, Dhamar, Ibb, Taizz, Hajjah and Al Hudaydah to enable NAMCHA allocate its staff per team. Each SMC Mobile Team will be composed of SMC, Protection, Information Management and NAMCHA representatives forming a team of 4.
SITE MANAGEMENT REPONSE
Despite challenges related with security and access, partners continue to undertake SMC activities in order to improve living conditions of IDPs. DRC carried out Multi-Sectoral needs assessment in Al Khawkhah district in Al Hudaydah and SMC Baseline Assessment in four IDPs hosting sites of Tuban district in Lahj. IOM and ADO (Abs Development Organization) will embark on implementing the SMC Mobile team project in Al Hudaydah and Hajjah Cluster Coordination Team interacts with IDPs during visits to various IDP Hosting Sites in Aden, Hajjah and Ibb governorates GAPS / CHALLENGES respectively. ACTED has successfully implemented hygiene promotion and site rehabilitation in prioritized sites in Ibb, and continues with relocation of IDPs to alternative sites in response to eviction threats by land owners.
A relocation exercise for Saif IDP hosting site in Raydah district, Amran governorate continues between the national/local authorities, the humanitarian community and the host community in a collaborative fashion. The local authority provided land to 55 IDP families who were evicted by a private land owner. An agreement on use of land by IDPs has been signed between DRC and NAMCHA.
The site will be designed in accordance to the agreed upon international standards according to the site plan already developed by DRC in collaboration with SNCC.
The respective Shelter/NFI/CCCM Sub-National Cluster Coordinator is in consultation with various cluster members to ensure provision of WASH, education, shelter, NFI among others to ensure much needed services are provided in the site, while also integrating the host community.