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Professional Standards for Protection Work revision discussed in PHAP event

10 Dec 2016

The Professional Standards for Protection Work were established in 2009 in a process initiated and led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and went through a first revision in 2013. The standards’ aim is not to provide a ‘how-to’ guide for practitioners but, rather, to establish a living body of professional standards informed by international law, professional ethics, good practice, and operational reality.

Since 2015, a second revision of the standards is being prompted given the current evolving environment in which humanitarians operate and to reflect lessons learnt regarding protection strategies. During the fall of 2016, PHAP has worked with the ICRC to gather inputs on the revision more widely from practitioners active in different areas of humanitarian work and ensuring that the revised standards reflect a community consensus.

On 30 November, PHAP also hosted an online session to present the proposed changes to date in the revision process. The event began with Guilhem Ravier, Head of the "Protection of the Civilian Population" unit in the Protection Division at the ICRC, who provided an overview of the process to date and the motivation behind this new revision.

The rest of the presentations focused on specific chapters that had seen more significant changes in the revision process. Jenny McAvoy, Director of Protection at InterAction, focused on the main suggested changes for chapter 2 on managing protection strategies based on the Key Elements of Results-Based Protection. Her presentation was followed again by Guilhem Ravier who spoke about changes to chapter 3 on outlining the protection architecture, highlighting in particular the need to reflect the latest developments in the UN system regarding their approach to protection and civil-military relations. Kathrine Starup, Senior Global Protection Advisor at the Danish Refugee Council, focused her presentation on chapter 6, which deals with managing sensitive protection information. This area has seen rapid development in the last few years, both on the technological and policy front, and the chapter had been reworked to take account of this.

If you missed the event, you can now watch the recording of the presentations and discussion or download the audio podcast of the session at


Photo by European Commission DG ECHO