IGC needs to see if they are clear to what should be the proiorities of NP in 2009 to optimize the implementaion of the Long Term Plan 2009-2012.There area four action areas in this plan, all of which are essential for its success:· International field projects and field project-preparedness· Regional Development· Additional Organizational Capacity Building· Public awareness, policy advocacy and constituency building
With the following system, we wouild like to see what these priorities are, and what consensus we have for them
NP-MOs will work with the Capacity Building Program to build up and strengthen their capacity to recruit, assess and train people to meet basic NP core field project competency requirements. The trained participants will be available for nonviolent peace work at local levels with MOs and will be further developed by NP-MOs to potentially become part of NP's primary pool. NP will develop a certification process for training (provided by MOs and other training organizations) in core field project competencies, including clarification of what training elements are nevertheless essential to receive directly from NP's own training.
International field projects and field project-preparedness. A. NP's field project work will have significant positive impact and we will understand how it was able to have significant impact.
Need for "NP will gather field evidence that we reduced violence and improved the human rights situation for the areas where our teams work."
NP will establish an organizational culture of learning from its own and others' experiences and will also have put the necessary procedures and systems in place to preserve, interpret, and make accessible cumulative field learning within and between field projects.
Working with its MOs, NP will develop strategies whereby those experienced at local levels can gain all appropriate skills and experience to qualify for international NP peace team field project training
Where NP makes mistakes or experiences failures in our work, we will openly seek full understanding of the reasons, to improve the impact of future field projects.
B. NP will have field projects (including short- and long-term ones) in several locations, including at least one of at least 100 field staff in a high-conflict area and one rapid response field project.
need for: In all field projects, NP will establish a track record of excellence and professionalism that is widely appreciated in the field project location and is highly respected among other NGOs, current or prospective donor governments and multilaterals
Working groups including MOs will follow and assess situations where NP field projects may be called for in their regions and will make recommendations to international NP staff.
NP will have the research and networking capacity to be able to analyze potential field projects according to clearly defined criteria and produce well backed-up proposals.
During the five years, NP will engage in multiple projects of varying sizes, lengths and types, some of them in partnership with MOs.
NP will raise the funds necessary to deploy the number of staff needed fir the intended impact of each project.
NP will recruit, assess and train the people needed for those field projects, including people qualified to manage the field projects at all levels, strongly cooperating with its network of MOs and experienced field staff in doing so.
NP will develop the in-country infrastructure for each field project, including relationships with partner organizations, fundraising, networking, diplomatic relationships, logistics, physical and psychological care for staff, security and administrative support.
NP will engage with NGOs and INGOs with different mandates than NP that do excellent work in conflict prevention, peace building, and other approaches affecting the roots of violence, to develop concrete ways of complementing each others' work on the ground.
NP will have an Emergency Response Network and international support infrastructure in place sufficient to support all field projects, relying strongly on its network of MOs to create effective, mutually beneficial worldwide mechanisms.
C. NP will be able to deploy 200 or more people in field projects at the same time by developing needed training and reserve capacities.need for:
NP will develop a primary pool of 500 to 1000 people who meet basic NP qualifications in core field project capacities and who have indicated willingness to participate in NP field projects and field project-related trainings.
NP will work closely with interested MOs, and with some field team members, to strengthen their ability to professionally assess potential field team members.
35 people will be registered as qualified NP field project trainers.
NP-trained participants and NP trainers will be selected in a balanced way from different parts of the world and by gender and age.
NP will institute retention policies, including pool programs and training career paths for existing field-deployed staff that encourage those already trained and experienced to remain in NP's available field project pool.
International field projects and field project-preparedness·
D. NP will complete at least five shorter term missions. A short term mission is less than one year, and includes an exit plan that justifies the length of the field project in the original field project plan.need to:
NP will experiment with timely responses in partnership with multilateral agencies that offer the possibility of fully funded, rapid violence prevention interventions, such as with election-related violence or violence surrounding the movement of displaced persons.
International field project training will always including training in local cultural issues.
NP will also develop the capacity to initially respond in a timely way to requests for small to medium-sized field projects to protect civilian nonviolent movements.
NP will cultivate a donor base that is willing to provide sufficient unrestricted funds for such responses, trusting NP's judgment to identify and assess the need for NP intervention in such situations.
NP will determine the range of any organizationally acceptable changes in our general practices to enable flexible responses to such requests--such as the possible use of volunteers, and modifying the length and timing of training.
E. NP will engage in a general practice of advance development of exit strategies to responsibly complete every field project it closes.
need to: NP will develop and implement an exit strategy that enables local actors or other mechanisms to take over any peacekeeping work that is still required.
NP will conduct an external evaluation to define the moment to exit and conduct studies afterward to evaluate the effectiveness of the exit strategy.