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Pandemic COVID-19 Crisis: CDD Communique

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Pandemic COVID-19 Crisis: CDD Communique

   

Programme Pandemic COVID-19 Crisis: CDD Communique

Purpose of this communique:

This communique of the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is developed as an official statement on the organizational positioning & directives for its offices and staff members pertaining to Corona Virus – COVID -19. This document is for dissemination to all offices, staff members, board members, implementing, strategic and financial partners of CDD

Preamble:

The Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), is closely monitoring Corona Virus situation in Bangladesh and in the World.

A number of decisions were taken in the Executive Council Meeting of CDD on March 19, 2020 and the following staff meeting on the same day.

This document is considered as a ‘living document’, which can be updated by competent authority considering the rapidly changing situation.

Purpose and objectives:

The purpose of these directives is the ‘Well-being of CDD staff members and stakeholders we engage with, especially persons with disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis’.

The objectives of these decisions are to:-

a.   Strengthen protective measures to reduce risks of contracting COVID-19 by CDD’s staff members, board members, stakeholders we will need to engage with, the programme participants, especially persons with disabilities.

b.  Continue with only essential services and activities in the community for the well-being of persons with disabilities and others most at risk.

c.  Prepare with contingency plan for further risks and impacts due to COVID-19 crisis.
The directives will be considered with immediate effect and remain valid till March 31, 2020.

Set of Directives till 31st March, 2020

CDD has decided to put into force with immediate effect the following directives:-

For all offices and staff of CDD:

All offices of CDD will remain open following the given directions in this document.

 If there are additional directives from the Government, which are not mentioned in these set of directives, then that should be considered overriding CDD’s directives, in which case respective line management should be informed.

 There could be locally specific directives provided by local authorities, not mentioned in these set of directives, in which case those should be considered, with information to respective line management.

 A Code of Conduct pertaining to COVID-19 will be developed for all CDD staff, which will include different measures that all staff members are expected to comply as protection measures.

All Projects will prepare a Risk and Mitigation Plan considering the COVID-19.

CDD will respect and apply the measures undertaken by project implementing partners in local context if those are assessed to be more effective in protecting staff and programme participants and if those do not create any extraordinary requirements beyond CDD’s capacity and if respective financial partners are in agreement.

Absolute essential services to persons with disabilities will continue to be provided, where CDD is directly working. However the nature of this service can be adapted to ensure safety of staff and persons with disabilities.

All activities involving 20+ people will be postponed and shifted to a later date with information to respective financial and implementing partners. Such activities may include training, workshops, dialogues, etc. CDD will not send any staff members to any training, workshops and dialogues or events, where mass gathering is expected, unless it is an emergency requirement of the Government.

CDD will organize a crisis response team to support colleagues needing support in cases where they or their family members are diagnosed with COVID-19. Contact details provided in this communiqu CDD will support CDD staff members to effectively comply with the code of conduct and these directive through follow-up and regular communications.

CDD will take efforts to create awareness on the preventive and response measures to COVID-19 among staff members, implementing partners, community, especially persons with disabilities.

Centrally, CDD will engage with national and international community to devise most effective intervention strategy & activities for the organization.

Respective projects & programmes will assess & devise most effective strategy & activities considering area specific context and resources (maintaining maximum protective measures for front-line colleagues at risk). They will provide prior information to respective financial partners and remain within the given organizational directives.

CDD will utilize maximum efforts to disseminate COVID-19 messages in accessible formats. For credibility of messaging CDD will only use information of the Government of Bangladesh, World Health Organization, UNESAP and recognized disability working groups and agencies.

Emergency contact numbers at HQ during COVID-19 Crisis are:-

Broja Gopal Saha as Safeguarding Focal Person and Head of Crisis Response Team +8801711631326

Taslima Akter Keya as Co-Safeguarding and Child Safeguarding Focal Person – +8801715462148

Minhun Nahar as Safety and Security Focal Person and HR issues -+8801715115937

Tanbir Ahmed as Information Officer – +8801712648511

Badrul Hasan Chowdhury for Staff Vehicle Support – +8801745949088

Each project and offices will also assign its own focal persone.

Related to CDD HQ:

Staff members at CDD HQ at Savar for whom it is not imperative to work from office, will consider ‘Work from Home’ to reduce number of staff presence at office. Each staff must have individual action plans and measurable deliverables. The Work from Home office hours will be from 9 AM to 5 PM, with afternoon lunch break. During this time communication and work related meetings will be organized online. This might require additional resources for communication, hence each project will assess their communication budget and consult with respective financial partners, as needed.

A ‘Work from Home Guideline’ will be shared with concerned staff.

Staff car can be utilized by colleagues who has no other alternative but to come to office. In such case, concerned focal person for vehicle support must be communicated a day before, which will be confirmed depending on the urgency of the requirement, decided in consultation with the Deputy Director and / or Director.

The Assistive Technology Workshop will remain open to complete existing orders as Assistive Devices are essential requirements for Persons with disabilities, whereby all personal and workspace hygiene will be strictly maintained.

Related to Rohingya and Host Community Response programme

Matters related to Rohingya and Host Community Response programme will be finalized by CDD’s Cox Team in consultation with the financial and strategic partner. Any changes to the suggested actions of this communique will be confirmed with HQ Management. The points of contacts for Rohingya and Host Community Response programme – COVID-19 are:-

Md. Monjurul Habib Shagar as Focal Person – +8801716709253

Liton Paul as Co-Focal Person – +8801724204140 and +8801642101260

The Rohingya and Host Community Response programme will continue to provide the medical and rehabilitation services from the static locations. Comprehensive protection measures will be provided to staff, volunteers and the beneficiaries seeking services.

Till 31st March, the Home Based Rehabilitation (HBR) teams may limit their services to raising awareness on COVID-19 prevention and response. Comprehensive protection measures will be provided to HBR team members.

The Inclusion Team Members, where not essential may work from home by following individual action plans, approved by respective line managers.

Volunteers / Community Mobilizers can be released after Host Community and Camp activities if their presence are not required at Ukhiya office.

The team in Cox’s-Ukhiya will be guided by the advisories & directives of the Government of Bangladesh, local authorities, and humanitarian clusters. Importantly, this programme will be guided by the directives of the office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC).

Project offices at Chittagong, Dinajpur, Kaliganj, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram and Bagerhat

All project offices of CDD will remain open as the number of staff members in these offices are less than 20.

Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Organizing of meetings with external guests / visitors at offices should be avoided.

Self Help Group and other community level meetings involving less than 20 members should preferably be shifted to next quarter, unless it is imperative for the project to organize within March.

Activities of frontline workers should be scaled down and shifted to next quarter unless it is imperative for the project. They may engage in raising awareness on COVID-19 ensure comprehensive protection measures.

Respective projects will decide on SL 2, 3 and 4, in consultation with concerned financial and implementing partners of CDD, where necessary. The informed opinions & choices of persons with disabilities must be considered.

Conclusion:

For CDD, the safety, security and well-being of all individuals concerned is of utmost importance. This document provides the main points of the CDD directives. Additional documents including code of conduct, work from home and terms of references will be provided to colleagues.

For clarification on this communique and on programmatic issues, you may e-mail to Nazmul Bari, Director, CDD at nazmul.bari@yahoo.com