01 June 2021

Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)

The United Nations Children's Fund, World Health Organization, and United Nations for Project Services (hereinafter UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS or the Recipients) shall jointly implement the Yemen Emergency Human Capital Commitment Project (YEHCP) (the Project) with the involvement of selected implementing partners, i.e., local agencies that the Recipient may engage to facilitate implementation of the Project. The International Development Association (hereinafter the Association) has agreed to provide financing for the Project. UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS shall implement material measures and actions so that the Project is implemented in accordance with the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs). This Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) sets out material measures and actions, to be carried out or caused to be carried out by the Recipients, including the timeframes of the actions and measures, institutional, staffing, training, monitoring and reporting arrangements, grievance management and the environmental and social assessments and instruments to be prepared or updated, disclosed, consulted, adopted and implemented under the ESCP and the ESSs, all in a manner acceptable to the Association. UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS shall also comply with the provisions of any other environmental and social (E&S) documents required under the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and referred to in this ESCP, such as the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF, Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Resettlement Framework (RF), Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), Security Management Plan (SMP), Labor Management Procedures (LMP), Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and the timelines specified in those E&S documents. UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS are responsible for compliance with all requirements of the ESCP even when implementation of specific measures and actions is conducted by implementing partners as referenced in 1 above. UNICEF, WHO and UNOPS will require Implementing Partners to implement measures and actions specified in  ESCP and ESF through their contractual relationship with the Implementing Partners, monitoring of Implementing Partners’ compliance, reporting to the Association, and cooperation with the Implementing Partners to remedy any instances of non-compliance identified. Implementation of the material measures and actions set out in this ESCP shall be monitored and reported to the Association by UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS as required by the ESCP and the conditions of the legal agreements, and the Association shall monitor and assess progress and completion of the material measures and actions throughout implementation of the project. As agreed by the Association and UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS, this ESCP may be revised from time to time during project implementation, to reflect adaptive management of project changes and unforeseen circumstances or in response to assessment of project performance conducted under the ESCP itself. In such circumstances, UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS shall agree to the changes with the Association and shall update the ESCP to reflect such changes. Agreement on changes to the ESCP shall be documented through the exchange of letters signed between the Association and the Recipients. The Recipients shall promptly disclose the updated ESCP. Where Project changes, unforeseen circumstances, or Project performance result in changes to the risks and impacts during Project implementation UNICEF, WHO and UNOPS may re-allocate Grant funds, as agreed with Association, to be able to implement actions and measures to address such risks and impacts. For any feedback or comments, please reach us through kabdalla@unicef.org
01 September 2020

Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project

The intensification of the crisis in Yemen since 2015 led to the suspension of the Social Welfare Fund (SWF), leaving the already vulnerable SWF beneficiaries without any social protection support. Increased food and non-food basic commodity prices, loss of assets and livelihoods, and internal displacement, have further exacerbated the situation. In response, the World Bank approved the Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) Component under the ongoing Emergency Crisis Response Project. The ECT component is implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and delivers emergency safety net support to SWF beneficiaries. The ECT component is managed and implemented by UNICEF through a Project Management Unit (PMU), with funding and technical assistance from the World Bank/International Development Association along with co-financing from the US Department of State NEA. DFID contributed first through a World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund and later through parallel funding. The ECT project uses the pre-conflict beneficiary list from SWF; and builds on the same parameters of this national institution with the aim of contributing to strengthening the national social protection system so the project can be handed over back to SWF once the conditions are right. However, the project benefited from some adjustments to the cash delivery mechanism to ensure it could be delivered amid a conflict environment. The ECT model therefore requires several interrelated processes to be conducted. These include facilitation, payment, grievances redressal and third-party monitoring, all of them transversally supported by communication and MIS-ECT tools. All beneficiaries must go through a one-time process of verification of identity against a photo ID accepted by the project and the information stored in the MIS. This verification of identity is a pre-requisite for payment which is a key risk mitigation measure to ensure the cash reaches the right beneficiary. To ensure that the ECT Project is administered and delivered in a transparent and secure manner, especially in Yemen’s current conflict environment, the execution of the ECT Project needs several administrative processes that are envisaged to be supported through several consultancy services that are procured and managed by UNICEF. These include: (i) Payment Agencies, (ii) Field Facilitation; (iii) Third Party Monitoring and (iv) Quality Implementation Support Services. The project also includes a Grievance Redressal Mechanism which is entirely managed by UNICEF. The ECT project starts with the generation of a beneficiary list which stipulates the benefit amount per beneficiary case, calculated using a pre-defined payment formula and flags indicating specific actions to be taken by the Payment Agency as instructed by UNICEF. A Facilitation Organization initiates and maintains regular dialogue with local, formal and informal, authorities and leaders to facilitate a smooth execution of project activities, and through them reach beneficiaries with all relevant information about the project. The project has a national coverage with the flexibility to reach every beneficiary at their current location. During the cash distribution period, verified beneficiaries can go to the payment sites closer to their current location for payment, and with the payment agencies assigned to them or benefit from outreach support if they are elderly, differently abled or have any other mobility restrictions. Those with questions, complaints or in need of support, can file their grievances which are then analyzed by a dedicated team in line with detailed protocols.