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South Sudan, 10 April 2013: UNICEF supports capacity development for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

JUBA, 10 April 2013 - A series of capacity building workshops on disaster management and emergency response has just began in Malakal and will be replicated in Wau and Juba during the year. Senior officials from the Government of South Sudan's Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MoHADM) staff will be participating in the trainings. 

The workshops supported by UNICEF and RedR UK aims to build the capacities of primary national actors who are responsible for the coordination of humanitarian assistance and disaster management in South Sudan to effectively manage and respond to emergencies in South Sudan. 

"UNICEF has been working closely with RedR UK to build the capacity of government staff to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies in South Sudan in a bid to improve their timeliness, efficiency and expertise in the coordination of disaster management and emergency response operations at national and field levels," said UNICEF’s Officer-in-Charge Elizabeth Quaye

The training targeting State RRC Directors, County secretaries and Juba-based officials is expected to improve the skills and knowledge of the officials on humanitarian principles, humanitarian coordination, humanitarian reporting and monitoring and evaluation systems. 

"The Government of South Sudan is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to citizens affected by emergencies and these trainings will strengthen the capacity of our staff to coordinate activities and to respond effectively to the needs of vulnerable populations during emergencies," said Peter Lam Both, RRC chairperson.

Last year, UNICEF in cooperation with RedR UK continued its institutional building support to the RRC and the MoHADM through training initiatives at national and state levels in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and with the Republic of South Sudan 2011 Medium Term Capacity Building Strategy which includes a multi sector response and core humanitarian supplies in the areas of WASH, Nutrition and Education.

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The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

 Date  Location   Participants 
 8-12 April  Malakal  RRC State directors and deputies, county secretaries 
 15-19 April   Juba   RRC State directors and deputies, county secretaries
 22-26 April  Wau  RRC State directors and deputies, county secretaries
 7-9 May  Juba  RRC HQ Directors general, MoHADM Directors general, RRC chairperson, MoHADM undersecretary


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For more information, please contact:

Mercy Kolok, Communication Officer, UNICEF South Sudan 
Tel: + 211 (0) 955639658

Gabriel Otor Marko, Director for Establishment and Human Resource Development, RRC
Mobile: +211 912 289 229       



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