CANADEM has deployed professionals and humanitarian experts to assist in crisis situations all over the world, including Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Union of Comoros, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In 2014, CANADEM will continue to assist our partners in humanitarian relief efforts.

Philippines

In February, CANADEM deployed a Hygiene Promotion Officer to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include conducting a rapid assessment of the contextual, socio-cultural and behavioural dimensions of disease outbreaks to inform the development of an integrated public health response to reduce the risk of transmission within communities, particularly internally displaced populations. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Philippine Response.

In January, CANADEM deployed an Inter-Agency AAP-PSEA Coordinator with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include liaising with responding agencies on their AAP and communications efforts; supporting affected community consultation efforts; facilitating the inclusion of AAP into needs assessment frameworks; and advocacy for linkages between input on gender issues, protection and disability support. In addition, the Inter-Agency AAP-PSEA Coordinator will provide a written evaluation of AAP in the Haiyan Response at the conclusion of the mission. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Philippine Response.

In January, CANADEM deployed two Cash Coordinators with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include setting up a coordination structure; developing an inter-agency Humanitarian cash transfer programming strategy; supporting assessment processes including market analysis. As well, the Cash Coordinators will prepare guidelines and final reports with key lessons learned and recommendations for future cash transfer programming. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Philippine Response.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed a Geographical Information Systems Officer (GIS) with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include designing, developing and implementing a relevant spatial data infrastructure to facilitate geo-processing of data collected through the integrated information management mechanism across all activities while ensuring data geo-related interoperability across all data sets. In addition, the GIS Officer will prepare and generate maps for planning, operations, and reporting. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed an Operational Information Management Officer with the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include collecting relevant information and data at internal and external levels to facilitate and maximize the exchange of information and data between functional networks in WFP.  In addition, the OIMO will provide oversight of WFPs operational reporting of the area of responsibility (including monitoring the frequency and quality of situation reports).  This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Philippine Response.

In November 2013, CANADEM deployed a Logistics Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include advising on the steps needed to ensure the availability of transport, communications, lodging, supplies and equipment and other aspects of the WHO supply chain in response to the Typhoon.  In addition, the Logistics Officer will advise on the development of a logistics strategy to ensure the effective integration of logistics operation into WHO’s overall emergency response.  This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

In November 2013, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include supporting strategic and operational decision making by processing and analyzing data and information and presenting it in the format most useful for analysis. In addition, the Information Management Officer will establish and maintain an information network at the national level to facilitate humanitarian information exchange and the promotion of data and information sharing protocols. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

In November 2013, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to the Philippines. This deployment was in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Duties include assist in organizing and systematizing existing and new information regarding FAO’s response in the affected areas. In addition, the Information Management Officer will in partnership with the relevant functional areas of FAO, plan, implement and evaluate information management components of the emergency response program. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

Myanmar (Burma)

In September 2013, CANADEM  deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer specializing in Communications with Affected Communities was deployed to Sittwe, Myanmar to work with UNOCHA under CANADEM’s Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.

Our Humanitarian Affairs Expert is working to establish mechanisms, systems and strategies to enhance trust between humanitarian organizations working in Rakhine State and the communities and individuals that these organizations serve.

South Sudan

In January, CANADEM deployed a Logistician with the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in South Sudan. This deployment was in response to the country’s civil conflict. Duties include supporting and reinforcing the FAO logistics unit and identifying immediate needs for emergency response; leading the distribution of emergency agriculture inputs to affected areas; improving tracking systems and procedures for fleet and warehouse management; and liaising with partner agencies to facilitate operations. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

Ethiopia

Faced with two simultaneous emergencies during 2011 on the Somali and Sudanese borders, UNHCR in Ethiopia continues to respond through stabilization of the operations and to implement more sustainable activities.

In September 2013, CANADEM deployed a Reporting Officer to work with UNHCR in Ethiopia. This deployment was seconded through our Expert Mobilization Service with support from DFID. Our Expert's main duties include review and analysis for currently planning and funding modalities, coordination and management of funding initiatives, and providing support to the monitoring and evaluation of multi-year initiatives.

Central African Republic

A March 2013 coup d’etat occurred in Central African Republic (CAR) adding to the series of political instabilities in the country. The security situation remains volatile and unpredictable, rendering humanitarian access challenging and limiting response in some parts of the country. General acts of violence are occurring against the civilian population of 4.6 million people, with 1.6 million identified as the most vulnerable. Basic services were destabilized or destroyed with a significant impact on people's access to essential and basic needs (access to clean water, basic necessities, access to primary health care and education). Grave violations against the civilian population continue, while the political and security situation remains fragile and unpredictable. Since December 2012, the crisis has led to massive displacement of populations throughout the country. The estimated number of internally displaced people is 206,000. Furthermore 54,987 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since the beginning of the crisis. More than 204,000 Central African refugees are hosted in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and South Sudan.

In January 2014, CANADEM deployed an Advisor for Accountability to Affected People (AAP) with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Central African Republi (CAR). This individual will provide technical leadership and support on issues related to the AAP portfolio. Specific duties include advocating for inclusion of APP in overall strategic response planning, supporting affected community consultation efforts, and ensuring effective systems for prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable populations. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Central African Republic (CAR). Duties include providing strong coordination among the humanitarian actors to respond rapidly to acute emergencies and also enable households to build resilience to future shocks. In addition the humanitarian response will focus on life-saving interventions to vulnerable populations in conflict and natural disasters throughout CAR. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central African Republic (CAR). Duties include drafting the country/operation specific Information Management strategy and defining operational and funding requirements for its implementation; promoting data and information sharing within the humanitarian community; as well as producing standardized information products and designing data/information collection plans. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The continuing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. UNHCR and other humanitarian actors deployed at the onset of this new crisis, with emergency teams moving in to several localities in the Equator Province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bordering CAR to put in place protection and assistance activities. As of 30 March 2013, about 31,000 refugees have been pre-registered. Of this refugee population, about 60% are children under 18 years of age and 52% are women. The majority of the 31,000 are farmers and fishermen from rural areas. Civil servants and traders are also present, especially in Zongo and Gbadolite, where the urban population of Bangui found refuge.

In February, CANADEM deployed a Civil-Military Coordination Officer with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to Goma, DRC. Duties include facilitating dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors; ensuring that UN civilian-military guidelines are updated, disseminated and understood, and maintaining contact with government officials, UN agencies and the media. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

In January, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Coordinator Officer with the World Food Programme (WFP) to Bunia, DRC. Duties include providing strong coordination for emergency operation activities among humanitarian actors in the field; collecting, consolidating and presenting information relevant to evolving emergency situation; as well as contributing to WFP funding proposals. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

In January, CANADEM also deployed an Infrastructure Engineer with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to Goma, DRC. Duties include conducting needs assessment; assisting with the establishment and management of project engineering teams; and overall planning, design, budgeting and implementation of infrastructure projects. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed a Field Officer/Team Leader with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Gbadolite, DRC. The primary responsibilities of the Field Officer/Team Leader have been to work with local authorities to identify and employ an effective strategy for mitigating violence against civilians. This includes capacity-building efforts with local governance structures.This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

Kenya

In January, CANADEM deployed a Child Protection Officer with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Kenya. This deployment was in response to the country’s high level of child refugees. Duties include drafting a child protection strategy and updating it to incorporate current needs and monitoring of outcomes, working with key sectors to identify opportunities for integrating child protection avoiding duplication in sector activities; promoting, supporting and monitoring inter-agency child protection standards; and providing technical support to implementing partners to improve and strengthen case management. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.

Jordan

The ongoing unrest in Syria has caused thousands of Syrians to flee into neighbouring countries. Jordan hosts an estimated six hundred thousand refugees, many of whom are living in harsh and adverse conditions. The Jordanian government has made strides in caring for the refugees but still requires significant aid in order to meet their basic needs. 

In March 2014, CANADEM deployed a Consultant Planner to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in Jordan. This individual is responsible for drafting and consolidating an overall regional strategy, supporting the articulation of an economic, developmental and macrofinancial narrative for the strategy, and advising and assisting with preparations for a Comprehensive Regional Strategy (CRS) launch event. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Syria Response.

In February 2014, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Jordan. This individual is mandated with collecting, analyzing and sharing food security and livelihood information for analysis, strategic planning and advocacy needs. Specific duties include identifying information management capacity gaps and establishing appropriate systems to deliver programming, assessing changes to the food security situation,  formulating reports and project proposals, and establishing channels and structures for coordination with other groups assisting Syrian refugees in JordanThis deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund Syria Response.

In December 2013, CANADEM deployed 2 Associate Protection Officers with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in Jordan.  Duties include maintaining regular contacts with authorities, monitoring new arrivals’ processing as well as providing legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern. In addition, the Associate Protection Officers will participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility Syria Response.

Iraq

The crisis in Syria has resulted in a refugee influx in Al-Qaim, Anbar governorate, Iraq, bordering Syria. In early December more than 8,000 refugees were sheltered in two camps which were being managed as a joint project by UNHCR and the MoDM (Ministry of Displacement and Migration). With the rate of influx it was expected that the number of refugees would soon reach 30,000. The Government of Iraq formally requested the World Food Program (WFP) Iraq to assist the refugees with the provision of food aid.

In January, CANADEM deployed an Emergency WASH Sector Coordinator to Erbil to work with UNICEF. This deployment was seconded through out Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.

Lebanon

In March, CANADEM deployed a WASH Officer to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon is currently hosting over one million refugees from the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria, and as such CANADEM is actively engaged in helping alleviate humanitarian concerns in the country. The WASH Officer’s duties include advising and managing budget planning for the WASH sector, producing donor reports and concept notes, and negotiating locally on behalf of UNHCR. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund Syria Response.

In January, CANADEM deployed a WASH Sector Information Management Officer with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon. This deployment was in response to conflict in Syria. Duties include information and database management support to the WASH sector; data collection and analysis of humanitarian needs, gaps and responses; and coordination with other sector information managers on analysis of information. The WASH Sector Information Management Officer also supports efforts to strengthen the capacity of national authorities and civil society. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund Syria Response.

In January, CANADEM deployed a Logistics Specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon. Duties include planning daily field monitoring trips across Lebanon, as well as providing direct distribution of supplies to beneficiaries, based on UNICEF Lebanon’s Winterisation program. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund Syria Response.

Pakistan

CANADEM has had a Shelter Expert in Pakistan with UNHCR since November 2010. Initially deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, his contract has been extended multiple times through our Expert Mobilization service, with the latest extension until the end of June 2014. Our Shelter Expert manages the day to day implementation modalities of UNHCR transitional shelter programme in Sindh and Balochistan, while advising the Head of the UNHCR office.

Krygyz Republic

In February, CANADEM deployed a Nutrition Advisor with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the Krygyz Republic. This deployment was in response to the country’s high levels of underdevelopment and food security in the aftermath of conflict in 2010. Duties include technical support to strengthen national nutritional governance; capacity building of national WFP staff; and advocacy for a coordinated response with partners on nutrition. This deployment was seconded through our DFID Humanitarian Secondment Facility.


2013 Deployments

Philippines

In November, CANADEM  deployed a Child Protection Officerwith UNICEF in Bohol, Philippines in response to the earthquake that struck the region in mid-October 2013.

The Child Protection Officer will work with UNICEF field staff and the Philippines Government to support the leadership and capacity of child protection coordination mechanisms, and ensuring effective and results-oriented processes. In addition to this the consultant will work to establish two-way communication channels between regional, national and sub-national levels to promote and strengthen a more standardized child protection response across all affected areas. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

CANADEM also deployed an Information Management Officer to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Manila, Philippines with travel to other parts of the country as a member of the Emergency Humanitarian Action team.

The Information Management Officer will work closely with the Technical Officer for Emergency and Humanitarian Action and the Health Cluster Coordinators to help coordinate information coming from teams supporting crisis response in the country. This data collection will feed into various situation reports, including generating output and outcome indicators adopted by the WHO Health CERF projects. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

A Child Protection Expert with UNICEF was deployed to Davao, Philippines under our CIDA-funded RAP Program in January. CANADEM’s Child Protection Expert's primary duty is to assist in response efforts and to provide support to the cluster lead.

Myanmar (Burma)

In September, CANADEM  deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer specializing in Communications with Affected Communities was deployed to Sittwe, Myanmar to work with UNOCHA under CANADEM’s Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.

Our Humanitarian Affairs Expert is working to establish mechanisms, systems and strategies to enhance trust between humanitarian organizations working in Rakhine State and the communities and individuals that these organizations serve.

Cambodia

In November, CANADEM  deployed an Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist to work with UNICEF’s Flood Response in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Duties include safeguarding and improving public health of the affected population by ensuring the access to safe drinking water, and promoting safe hygiene practices.

As well as ensuring the overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

Ethiopia

Faced with two simultaneous emergencies during 2011 on the Somali and Sudanese borders, UNHCR in Ethiopia continues to respond through stabilization of the operations and to implement more sustainable activities.

In September, CANADEM deployed a Reporting Officer to work with UNHCR in Ethiopia. This deployment was seconded through our Expert Mobilization Service with support from DFID. Our Expert's main duties include review and analysis for currently planning and funding modalities, coordination and management of funding initiatives, and providing support to the monitoring and evaluation of multi-year initiatives..

Central African Republic

A March 2013 coup d’etat occurred in Central African Republic (CAR) adding to the series of political instabilities in the country. The security situation remains volatile and unpredictable, rendering humanitarian access challenging and limiting response in some parts of the country. General acts of violence are occurring against the civilian population of 4.6 million people, with 1.6 million identified as the most vulnerable. Basic services were destabilized or destroyed with a significant impact on people's access to essential and basic needs (access to clean water, basic necessities, access to primary health care and education). Grave violations against the civilian population continue, while the political and security situation remains fragile and unpredictable. Since December 2012, the crisis has led to massive displacement of populations throughout the country. The estimated number of internally displaced people is 206,000. Furthermore 54,987 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since the beginning of the crisis. More than 204,000 Central African refugees are hosted in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and South Sudan.

In October, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster Coordinator to work with UNICEF to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure an effective WASH response to the crisis in CAR. Duties include identifying key humanitarian partners, establishing and maintaining appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, planning and strategy development, participatory and community based monitoring, emergency preparedness, advocacy and resource mobilization, and training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.

In September, a Humanitarian Affairs Officer specializing in Communications with Affected Communities was deployed to Sittwe, Myanmar to work with UNOCHA under CANADEM’s Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID. Our Humanitarian Affairs Expert is working to establish mechanisms, systems and strategies to enhance trust between humanitarian organizations working in Rakhine State and the communities and individuals that these organizations serve.”

In June, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Nutrition Cluster Coordinator to work with UNICEF to lead the Nutrition Cluster at the Country level in CAR. Duties include identifying key humanitarian partners, establishing and maintaining appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, planning and strategy development, monitoring and reporting, advocacy and resource mobilization, and training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The continuing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. UNHCR and other humanitarian actors deployed at the onset of this new crisis, with emergency teams moving in to several localities in the Equator Province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bordering CAR to put in place protection and assistance activities. As of 30 March 2013, about 31,000 refugees have been pre-registered. Of this refugee population, about 60% are children under 18 years of age and 52% are women. The majority of the 31,000 are farmers and fishermen from rural areas. Civil servants and traders are also present, especially in Zongo and Gbadolite, where the urban population of Bangui found refuge.

In July, CANADEM deployed a Team Leader / Field Officer to work with UNHCR in Gbadolite, DRC to coordinate the emergency operations in Gbadolite and Zongo. Our Associate will work with local government counterparts, UN partners and persons of concern to conduct an effective needs assessment, then develop and implement  a protection strategy. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

In July, CANADEM also deployed a Child Protection Officer to work with UNICEF in Kalemie, DRC to assess and support prevention and response activities to emergency situations in the Tanganyika District; to identify local partners to run intervention in emergency situations, and; to ensure partner technical capacities are sufficient to deliver efficient prevention and response programs (including sexual violence). This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Jordan

The ongoing unrest in Syria has caused thousands of Syrians to flee into neighbouring countries. Canada continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the region. In May, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Specialist to work with UNICEF in Amman, Jordan, to assist UNICEF in its response to the influx of Syrians refugees to Jordan. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Read CIDA's News Release here.

Turkey

Since the start of the unrest in Syria, and more particularly the start of an influx of Syrians in June 2011, the Government of Turkey formally declared and maintained an open border policy. The Turkish authorities’ emergency response since the outset of the influx has been of a consistently high standard, new arrivals being swiftly settled in camps specially set up by them with the Turkish Red Crescent Society. In February, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Specialist to work with UNICEF to prepare, update and coordinate the implementation of UNICEF Turkey’s response plan ensuring UNICEF’s readiness to scale-up further and respond to the worst case scenario as articulated in the inter-agency contingency plan in support of the Syrian refugees. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Iraq

The crisis in Syria has resulted in a refugee influx in Al-Qaim, Anbar governorate, Iraq, bordering Syria. In early December more than 8,000 refugees were sheltered in two camps which were being managed as a joint project by UNHCR and the MoDM (Ministry of Displacement and Migration). With the rate of influx it was expected that the number of refugees would soon reach 30,000. The Government of Iraq formally requested the World Food Program (WFP) Iraq to assist the refugees with the provision of food aid. In January, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Program Officer to work with WFP in Baghdad to help coordinate all elements of food delivery and distribution to the beneficiaries with the Implementing Partners. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program for three months, then through our Expert Mobilization service.

In March, CANADEM also deployed an Emergency WASH Sector Coordinator to Erbil to work with UNICEF. This deployment was seconded through out Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.

Mali

As a result of erratic rainfall and crop production shortages in 2011, the food crisis in the Sahel region affected over 15 million people in Burkina Faso, North Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. Furthermore, the conflict between the Malian military forces and the National Movement for Liberation of Azawad that erupted at the end of January 2012 has provoked the displacement of over 300,000 people within the country and across borders. In July, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer to work with UNHCR to ensure that the provincial Protection Cluster has a functional information management strategy and work plan to help support coordination with other UN agencies operating in the region. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

In February, CANADEM deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer to work with OCHA to assist in the establishment of OCHA presence and to set up humanitarian coordination mechanisms and tools to monitor response activities and identify gaps. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

In early January, CANADEM deployed a Food Security Cluster Co-ordinator to work with FAO and WFP in Bamako. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Our expert ensures that an adequate sectoral response is on time, consistent and effective in mobilizing all partners for a strategic and coordinated approach in the humanitarian crisis. They work closely with the Information Manager officer to collect, analyze and share essential information to stakeholders, ensure the implementation of needs assessments and analysis is completed, and correspond with governmental entities of all kinds.

Pakistan

CANADEM has had a Shelter Expert in Pakistan with UNHCR since November 2010. Initially deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, his contract has been extended multiple times through our Expert Mobilization service, with the latest extension until the end of June 2013. Our Shelter Expert manages the day to day implementation modalities of UNHCR transitional shelter programme in Sindh and Balochistan, while advising the Head of the UNHCR office.

2012 Deployments

Egypt

Due to the crisis in Syria, there was an estimated figure of some 140 000 Syrians present in Egypt as of early October, the majority of which were believed to be residing in Al Haram, Al Fayssal, Al Obour, Nasr city and Al Rehab while another big group was residing in Alexandria city. UNHCR Cairo was receiving an increase in number of asylum requests from the Syrian nationals in Egypt. In December, CANADEM deployed a Field Officer to work with UNHCR in Cairo to ensure appropriate registration strategies and systems for populations of concern to meet standards for registration and to enhance the management of operations. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Iraq

The crisis in Syria has resulted in a refugee influx in Al-Qaim, Anbar governorate, Iraq, bordering Syria. In early December more than 8,000 refugees were sheltered in two camps which were being managed as a joint project by UNHCR and the MoDM (Ministry of Displacement and Migration). With the rate of influx it was expected that the number of refugees would soon reach 30,000. The Government of Iraq formally requested the World Food Program (WFP) Iraq to assist the refugees with the provision of food aid. In December, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Program Officer to work with WFP in Baghdad to help coordinate all elements of food delivery and distribution to the beneficiaries with the Implementing Partners. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Chad

CANADEM deployed a Nutrition Information Manager to work with UNICEF in N’Djamena, Chad.  This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Chad is currently facing a severe food and nutrition crisis as a consequence of scarce and erratic rainfall in the 2011/2012 rainy seasons.  The primary function is to improve relevance, quality, availability and use of data sharing mechanism among cluster members through the process development of evidence base.

Mali

CANADEM deployed a GIS Specialist to work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bamako, Mali.  This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. In Mali, IOM is involved in the humanitarian responses to the ongoing IDP crisis. Through IDP tracking and monitoring provision of shelter and Non-Food Items as well as health and additional services, IOM is trying to respond to the basic needs of the affected population.

In July, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Wash/Information Specialist to work with UNICEF also in Bamako. This deployment is seconded through our Expert Mobilization service. Our expert is one of the core Cluster Coordination team members and plays a vital role in developing and Operationalizing the systems and tools used in collecting, analyzing, and sharing information that is important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions.

Turkey

CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer to IOM Ankara, Turkey.  This deployment was supported by our CIDA-funded RAP Program to help the IOM support populations as they enter Turkey from Syria. This CANADEM Information Management Officer will be responsible and accountable for the overall implementation of information management of the operations. Our expert will play a key role in establishing the system and structure required to enable effective and efficient processes of data collection, analysis, processing and information sharing to be used for various purpose which primarily will support the operations in making informed, evidence-based strategic decisions and activities planning.

Pakistan

CANADEM has had a Shelter Expert in Pakistan with UNHCR since November 2010. Initially deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, his contract has been extended multiple times through our Expert Mobilization service, with the latest extension until the end of May. Our Shelter Expert manages the day to day implementation modalities of UNHCR transitional shelter programme in Sindh and Balochistan, while advising the Head of the UNHCR office.

Somalia

CANADEM deployed an Information Management Health Expert in July with the World Health Organization (WHO) Somalia liaison office in Nairobi, Kenya. Our expert will manage information to support the Health Cluster and the UN system, as well as partner organizations, to prevent, mitigate, manage, and recover from humanitarian disasters and emergencies. This is a WHO-funded position through our Expert Mobilization service.

Union of Comoros

A Humanitarian Affairs Officer was deployed in June to work with UN OCHA in Moroni, Union of Comoros. Deployed with support under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program, our expert will help to facilitate humanitarian assistance due to the severe flooding, landslides and rockslides, affecting over 65,000 people. Under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator, among other tasks our expert will support the Operations Centre for Civil Protection, which is the focal point in charge of disaster preparedness and response..

Sudan

CANADEM deployed a Needs Assessment Coordinator in June to work under the Head of Office UN OCHA to Khartoum, Sudan. Deployed with support under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program, among his many tasks our expert will provide technical guidance and leadership in undertaking joint multi-cluster assessments as identified by the Humanitarian Country Team, while developing a concept note and timeline for implementing a coordinated assessment approach for Sudan.

South Sudan

CANADEM deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Planner in May to work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Office UN OCHA to Juba, South Sudan. Deployed with support under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program, our expert will help to facilitate and support the implementation of OCHA’s recently developed preparedness and response contingency plan in the event of the onset of a Level 3 emergency.

Jordan

CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer to work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Amman, Jordan. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. In Jordan, IOM has been providing primary health care through fixed and mobile clinics, including active tuberculosis screening and awareness-raising sessions regarding tuberculosis (TB) to Syrians arriving in Jordan.  As part of this activity, IOM is providing capacity building to local health authorities on TB case management at the request of the Local Ministry of Health.

CANADEM deployed a UNHCR Field/Community Services Officer to Amman, Jordan under our CIDA-funded RAP Program in April. Our Field/Community Services Officer promotes a community development approach in the work of UNHCR and its partners, operationalises policy priorities and the mainstreaming of gender equality and child rights, and actively participants in developing operational and protection plans that address the needs and risks faced by all refugees.

Mauritania

Due to the humanitarian crisis in Mauritania related to Malian IDP in the Mbera refugees camp, UNICEF is supporting critically vulnerable groups (specifically children), in support of the Government’s efforts and in closed partnership with UNHCR and other agencies of the UN system and partners. CANADEM's Water and Sanitation (WASH) expert was deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program in December to help coordinate with UNHCR, in close collaboration with the WASH Manager, all emergency WASH response activities with those of the Government and other WASH partners, as well as the inter-sectorial team.

In the Sahel, several countries are at high risk of food crisis due to both a decrease in cereal production and severe fodder shortage. This situation has put over 700 000 people at risk of food insecurity in Mauritania. CANADEM's Food Security Analyst was deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program in April to monitor the evolution of the crisis and to design appropriate response and transition programs. He is assisting the FAO Representative and Emergency Coordinator in the management and implementation of Food Security activities in the context of the current Sahel crisis.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

During complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters where the UNHCR is designated as the Protection Cluster Lead Agency, Protection/IDP Cluster Consultants works closely with a multi-functional support team in areas of informational management, needs assessment, profiling, registration, reporting and advocacy for IDPs and the rest of the affected population. Through our Expert Mobilization service, CANADEM mobilized and deployed two Protection/IDP Cluster Consultants to the DRC in March. One expert was deployed to Bukavu, while the other was deployed to Bunia. Both experts will be working with UNHCR until the end of 2012.

Niger

CANADEM mobilized and deployed three experts to Niger in March under our rapid response program under our CIDA-funded RAP Program:

An Emergency Public Health and Nutrition Officer was deployed to Naimey, Niger with the UNHCR in early March. Among other duties, she is helping to ensure that public health, reproductive health, HIV and nutrition/food security services are being provided to refugees and that implementing programmes are based on the Ministry of Health, UNHCR and internationally recognized standards and policies.

An Emergency WASH Assessment Expert was also deployed to Naimey with the UNHCR, initially under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program. He coordinates with other UN agencies and NGOs on the ground to assess the capacity of the implementing partners and the overall WASH situation for the refugees while providing technical support and advice on how to strengthen areas in need of improvement. Our Expert's contract was extended in June through our Expert Mobilization service.

An Emergency WASH Information Manager (System Development Specialist) was deployed in late March with UNICEF. He is one of the core Cluster Coordination team members and plays a vital role in developing and operationalizing the systems and tools used in collecting, analyzing, and sharing information important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed, evidence-based and strategic decisions. This requires building capacity at the national and sub-national levels on the use of these systems and tools.

A Field and Protection Officer was deployed to Naimey with the UNHCR in May under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program. Under the leadership of the Head of Field Office, our expert will carry out the following field functions: protection, coordination and monitoring. His activities include preparing and delivering protection training sessions targeting specific groups, coordinating activities by partners in the campsites while identifying issues of quality of services to be resolved, and organizing the national Field and Protection staff to ensure adequate geographical coverage of UNHCR monitoring and field coordination while ensuring refugee access to emergency and basic services such as water, food, health care, and shelter.

A Programming Monitoring/Evaluations Officer was also deployed to Naimey with the FAO in May under our CIDA-Funded RAP Program. Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the FAO Sub-regional Emergency and Rehabilitation Office for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA), our expert will provide support in the development and implementation of emergency and rehabilitation programmes and in monitoring / evaluation activities, reporting and the preparation of documents. The mandate of our expert includes all countries of the sub-region of West Africa/Sahel (including Mauritania and Chad).

Kenya

A Shelter Engineer was deployed in December 2011 to join IOM in Dadaab, Kenya, under our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Under the direct supervision of the Shelter Program Manager, he is responsible for providing technical support and coordination of shelter and infrastructure project activities in Dadaab refugee camp. 

Please visit our Horn of Africa: Drought in Somalia webpage for additional information about our response to the drought.

CANADEM deployed a Data and GIS Specialist to Nairobi in May to work with WHO Somalia liaison office. Our expert will assist in the identification of indicators for health cluster program assessment, map routine and outreach immunization data per district for 2012, collate data from partners to populate the HeRAMS (Health Resources Assessment and Monitoring System), and develop training material / session on the basic understanding of GIS data structure and mapping for field reporting officers. Our expert was funded by WHO through our Expert Mobilization service.

A Procurement and Logistics Officer was deployed to Nairobi in May with the IOM. Under the supervision of the Regional Representative in Kenya and the Head of Sub Office in Dadaab, our expert is responsible and accountable for managing all logistics and procurement activities in Dadaab Kenya in accordance with the IOM's regulations and procedures. A special emphasis is placed on designing and operationalizing alternative warehousing and logistics systems in light of the increased insecurity situation in the Dadaab camps and the resulting lack of field access for organization staff. Our expert was funded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.

Ethiopia

Since June 2011, multiple clashes between the Sudanese army and rebels from Blue Nile state have prompted nearly 33,000 Sudanese refugees, the vast majority fleeing Blue Nile state, to cross into Ethiopia. This includes more than 18,000 recent arrivals hosted in two camps (Sherkole and Tongo) and a transit centre (Adimazin), and an estimated 14,000 living among the host community in the border areas. Together with the local authorities, UNHCR is expanding existing refugee camps and developing the 3rd new camp for possible relocation of refugees from the host communities alongside the border families. Through our Expert Mobilization service, CANADEM deployed a Shelter and Physical Planner Coordinator with the UNHCR to assist the Senior Field Coordinator to provide technical support, operational coordination, and lead and manage the transitional shelter project. She also acts as the Head of the Shelter Unit under SO Assosa.

The Government of Ethiopia estimated, in March 2012, that the total drought affected population from the 2011 Horn of Africa Drought still exceeded 4.5 million. Under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, CANADEM deployed a Base Camp Manager with the World Food Program (WFP) to Dolo Ado to assist in camp management for three months. Our expert’s duties include the day to day management of the camp and all facilities.

A Child Protection Officer was also deployed to Ethiopia with the UNHCR under our CIDA-funded RAP Program to work under the Senior Protection Officer. Among other duties, he will: support activities through operationalizing child protection stands, guidelines, and policies; oversee the identification of vulnerable children at the registration stage in order to ensure appropriate follow up is made and that their specific needs are met in accordance with their best interest; and, assist with the dissemination of refugee law, in particularly in the context of child protection, to UNHCR staff, partners, government officials and other relevant stakeholders.

Djibouti

CANADEM has had an Emergency Program Officer with FAO in Djibouti since August 2011 to aid in their relief efforts as a consequence of drought in Somalia. He is providing support in the analysis, implementation and development of the Djibouti drought response programme and field projects. Originally deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, our expert's contract was extended by FAO through our Expert Mobilization service.

Philippines

An Emergency Nutrition Specialist with UNICEF was deployed to the Philippines under our CIDA-funded RAP Program to assist the over 460,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Washi. CANADEM’s Nutrition Specialist primary duty is to coordinate and provide technical support to the nutrition cluster. He will strengthen the capacity of nutrition partners to respond collectively and timely to nutrition emergencies, conduct an assessment of the nutrition situation/delivery channel and establish mechanisms for tracking progress, and to assist in designing an evaluation process to monitor the implementation of these interventions.

CANADEM deployed a WASH Cluster Hygiene/Sanitation Specialist to the Philippines with UNICEF under our CIDA-funded RAP Program to assist in relief efforts following the floods and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Washi, which affected more than 200,000 children. The Water Specialist will work closely with the government water authorities, NGOs, and private sector to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective water response in the areas affected. Tasks include establishing a water strategy, leading the water component of the WASH Cluster, coordination of water trucking operations and water quality surveillance.

 

2011 Deployments

 

Pakistan

In October, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer/GIS Expert with UNOCHA. She was responsible for standardizing and maintaining GIS services, produce GIS and thematic maps based on various data collected related to clusters and humanitarian coordination, and prepared work flows of GIS tasks to ensure mapping services are provided in a timely fashion.

CANADEM has had an expert in Pakistan with UNHCR since November 2010. Initially deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, our Shelter Expert has had his contract extended multiple times through our Expert Mobilization service. Our Shelter Expert manages the day to day implementation modalities of UNHCR transitional shelter programme in Sindh and Balochistan, while adviding the Head of the the UNHCR office.

 

Horn of Africa Drought

The drought in the Horn of Africa, in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, was categorized by the United Nations as the worst drought in 60 years. The situation was catastrophic, with an estimated 13.5 million people in need of assistance across the region. Humanitarian relief efforts are expected to continue for months to come.

As the United Nations' only Canadian standby partner, CANADEM is assisting numerous UN agencies to rapidly recruit and deploy Canadian and international experts to assist in coordinating relief efforts in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.

In response to this disaster, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through CANADEM and its Rapid deployment Fund (RAP Fund III) has approved the deployment of 8 Canadian experts to assist UN agencies in need of staff. Many of these experts have joined efforts with other UN staff in refugee camps across the region, notably the Dadaab Refugee camp, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

  • Robert Cissokho, a Nutrition Information Management Specialist, was deployed in July to join UNICEF's efforts in Kenya and Somalia. The mass migration of people in Somalia has led to a need for a strengthened information management and coordination system in order to adequately respond in a comprehensive manner using an increased number of partners. As a Nutrition Information Management Officer, Robert is part of the nutrition cluster coordination team whose key role is to strengthen systems for general cluster coordination, data collection, analysis, and sharing of key cluster information necessary for the cluster stakeholders to avoid duplication and gaps (effective resource management) and make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions.

    Robert's deployment was extended, as he joined WHO in October as a Data Manager and GIS Expert for an additional three months in Kenya.

  • James Terjanian, an Emergency Program Officer, was deployed in August to join the FAO in Djibouti in their efforts to relieve the situation in that area. He is providing support in the analysis, implementation and development of the Djibouti drought response programme and field projects.

    Jame's contract was extended by FAO through our Expert Mobilization service for an additional two months.

  • Joseph Doran Vienneau, Movement operation specialist, was deployed in August to join IOM Kenya in their efforts to relieve the extreme emergency situation in that region. He is responsible for the supervision and implementation of all transportation activities during the emergency operation. He will also implement other IOM activities, which attend to the needs of resettling populations and their dependents.

  • Thuy Thach, CCCM Co-ordinator, was deployed in August to join IOM Kenya as well. The camp coordinator acts as the IOM representative to the camp management cluster, which is currently chaired by the UNCHR. He is accountable for the camp response to the humanitarian crisis. The cluster co-ordinator must ensure the inclusion of key humanitarian partners within the sector, respecting their mandates and programme priorities. Working together with the cluster members, he will identify the overall requirements in responding to camp and camp-like situations and augment their capacity to meet this threshold. The cluster will identify (and establish when necessary) standards and guidelines that facilitate interoperability to ensure that activities are carried out quickly and effectively.

  • Judith Szabo, a Reporting officer, was also deployed in August to join IOM Kenya in their relief. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission in Kenya and in close collaboration with relevant units at Headquarters, she is responsible for supervising and advising on all reporting activities and prepares daily written reports on programmes and events for submission to Headquarters.

  • Diya Nijhowne, Child Protection Specialist, was deployed in August to join UNICEF Ethiopia in their efforts to relieve the extreme emergency situation in that region. She is assessing child protection through a participatory approach and helps to develop plans to address such issues by UNHCR, NGOs, and other agencies.

  • Patricia Telford, Child Protection Specialist, was deployed in August to join UNICEF Kenya. The overall objective of this assignment is to support child-protection coordination mechanisms at national, field and sub-regional levels in their efforts to respond to the current crisis in Somalia.

  • Ghermai Berhe, Emergency Nutrition Specialist, was deployed in September to join UNHCR Ethiopia. Ghermai supports UNHCR efforts through ensuring that international standards are met to protect and correct nutrition levels among those affected by the famine. The Emergency Nutrition and Food Security Officer plays a key role in the coordination of nutrition and food security needs assessments, activities and monitoring in the emergency with other humanitarian actors and UN agencies, in particular with WFP.

    Ghermai's contract was extended by UNHCR through our Expert Mobilization service for an additional month.

  • Qadir Ghulam, Shelter Engineer, was deployed in December to join IOM in Dadaab, Kenya. Under the direct supervision of the Shelter Program Manager, Qadir is responsible for providing technical support and coordination of shelter and infrastructure project activities in Dadaab refugee camp. 

Please visit our Horn of Africa: Drought in Somalia webpage for additional information.

 

Sudan

Stephane Lamer, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, was deployed in August to assist UNOCHA Sudan in the field. He is in charge of facilitating and enhancing the coordination among agencies, organizations and the government. He also serves as a support for the field coordination activities. He takes on tasks of a substantive nature to assist in overcoming challenges common to the humanitarian community.

 

Egypt

Mozzam Ahmed, Emergency shelter Cluster Coordinator, was deployed from May to August 2011 to Egypt to assist in the humanitarian crisis in Libya (when the security situation permitted). He joined the regional office of UNHCR in Egypt. He helped to: identify and build contacts with key sector stakeholders, including national authorities, national and international organizations, and representatives of affected populations for Emergency Shelter Cluster; manage and coordinate the Shelter Coordination Team, comprised of technical and advisory cluster support staff; develop a Common Shelter Strategy with support and inputs from ESC partners for the identification of gaps in the shelter sector and in the overall humanitarian response to ensure predictable action; facilitate the appropriate distribution of responsibilities amongst cluster partners by ensuring their commitments in responding to needs; ensure the establishment and maintenance of appropriate coordination mechanisms, including working groups within Emergency Shelter Cluster at the national and local level.

 

Tunisia

Francois Thomas Ramsay, Refugee Status Determination Officer, was deployed between May and August to Tunisia in order to join the UNHCR efforts in the Humanitarian relief efforts at the Libyan border. He helped to: conduct refugee status determination of asylum claims in First Instance and Appeal procedures in accordance with UNHCR’s eligibility guidelines, and other guidance related to the interpretation of the refugee criteria and the procedural standards for refugee status determination; carry out review of the RSD decisions prepared by other adjudicators, and; provide counselling to asylum-seekers and refugees on the RSD procedures.

 

2010 Deployments

 

Haiti Cholera Epidemic

CANADEM deployed humanitarian experts to assist UN agencies in providing immediate and effective assistance to Haitians amidst the Cholera epidemic following the 2010 earthquake.

Thuy Thach and Stephen Lamer were seconded to the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as Humanitarian Affairs Officers for a duration of 3 months. OCHA coordinated the emergency response to the earthquake, hurricane Tomas and the outbreak of Cholera. OCHA additional presence at field level was required to ensure proper and adequate coordination mechanisms were in place in the areas of Les Cayes, Cap Haïtien, and Port-de-Paix.  Thuy and Stephen assisted OCHA in coordinating the international community's response from these severely affected locations.

Patrick Saussez, Serge Roy and Steve Colterman were seconded to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) as Emergency Logistics Specialists. They provided operational support to PAHO's activities in Haiti, including organizing housing and work sites, overseeing the purchase, distribution and maintenance of all equipment (medical, technical, vehicules and telecommunications). They also oversaw the management of PAHO's vehicle fleet, staff's transport needs and security. They also managed PAHO stocks and warehouses.

Helene Poliquin and Tabasum Abdul Rusul were seconded to UNICEF Haiti as Emergency Nurses. They strengthened the capacities of local nurses by providing training, mentoring and assistance in treating cholera victims.

 

Pakistan Floods

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Jalozai IDP Camp Health Corner (2009) ©Gerrit Brouwer

The flood in Pakistan was ranked among the worst disasters in UN history with over 600,000 people in need of assistance, ranging from food and shelter to medical supplies.

In response to this disaster, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) approved a grant to allow CANADEM to deploy experts to Pakistan for 3 months to assist in spearheading UN agencies' response. 

“Important damages to agriculture and stock, in a region predominantly dependent on agriculture, will have long-term negative impacts. We can expect a long-term humanitarian operation that will first strive to save lives, then assist in the recovery of affected areas” declared Martin Mogwanja, Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.

8 CANADEM experts were sent to Pakistan: Helene Villeneuve (UNICEF Child Protection Specialist), Essau N'Gatta (UNICEF Logistics Expert), Jan Gerrit Brouwer (UNICEF Child Protection Specialist), John LaPointe (IOM Shelter Cluster Deputy Coordinator), Tom Fellows (IOM Head Sub-Office, Shlter Cluster), William Braunsch (UNICEF Emergency Nutrition Information Officer), Karina Mullally (UNICEF Emergency Resources Mobilization Specialist), and Zel Mengistu (UNHCR Shelter Expert).

2010 - Other deployments

January

Yemen - Emergency information and communications officer

The continuing conflict in the Yemen Northern governorate of Saada keeps intensifying into a major humanitarian crisis, which by end of November 2009 had caused over 175,000 persons to flee their homes, seeking refuge in other parts of the country (Internally Displaced Persons -IDPs). Zahra Setna was deployed by CANADEM to assit UNICEF in coordinating it's communications with other NGOs, governments, agencies and other in-field actors. Zahra also oversaw that information from the conflict and humanitarian efforts were disseminated to the Yemeni communities and international public.

Zahra published an article on the UNICEF site: At Glance: Yemen, "Third Camp Opens to Accommodate Displaced communities in northern Yemen"

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Haiti Earthquake Response

CANADEM deployed 11 humanitarian experts, to Haiti to assist UNICEF, the World Food Program (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in providing immediate and effective assistance to Haitians after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit close to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital on Tuesday January 12, 2010. 

Mark Bonnell, an Air Movement Officer, departed early on Wednesday January 20, 2010 to join the WFP in coordinating the arrival of international relief at the Port-au-Prince airport.  

Douglas Ravenstein joined UNICEF on Wednesday January 20, 2010, as an Information Manager to the water and sanitation (WASH) “cluster” in charge of overseeing the coordination of overall humanitarian assistance in the WASH area. Asked about the situation in field upon his arrival, “I could get to work quickly, but circumstances were crude and confusing. Given the nature of the disaster, and its unprecedented proportions, I think our work was remarkable in the first two weeks.” UNICEF’s target population are pregnant and lactating women and children, of which Ravenstein estimates the nutrition cluster has reached approximately 22,000 between January 31st and March 1st.

Jennifer Bakody, a media specialist and public information officer, joined UNICEF on Thursday January 21, 2010 as a Communications Officer to ensure up to date coverage of UNICEF related activities, the management of information and feature stories.  Take a look at Jennifer's work!

Christina Torsein joined UNICEF on January 29, 2010, as a Child Protection Specialist, to work on a comprehensive child protection program with special attention to issues such as child exploitation, child abuse, child trafficking and access to education. “It took several weeks for the system to get up and running, but a call centre is now functioning in Port au Prince which takes calls from frontline workers who have contact with children separated from their children” Torsein explained. When asked about her main challenges in her current position; “I arrived two weeks after the earthquake and at that point, both the working and living conditions were very difficult. UNICEF's office had been destroyed during the earthquake and the "office" moved to the UN Logs Base. In the beginning there was very limited internet access, staff were huddled round tables with partners trying to work, and simple things such as communications and office conditions were trying. The realities of trying to co-ordinate activities and adequately respond to requests coming in particularly in the very beginning was very difficult.”

Thomas Haythornthwaite joined the mission on January 31, 2010, as an Information Management Officer working within OCHA field locations to manage information whithin the UN agencies and partner organizations.

Benoit Fournier was also deployed to Haiti to work with UNICEF Chief of Child Protection on Monday, February 1, 2010 on a comprehensive child protection program responding to the psychological and social needs of children and their families.

Brenton McLeod joined the IOM as a Protection Officer/Camp Manager on Monday, February 15, 2010, to help ensure that protection issues - including the needs of vulnerable individuals - are properly addressed in  camp coordination and management.
    
Isabelle Fortin, a Protection Officer and Camp Manager, departed to Haiti to work with the UNHCR and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday February 19, 2010, to coordinate and improve protection issues with consideration of gender and the needs of vulnerable individuals.

Thuy Thach, also a Protection Officer and Camp Manager, was deployed on February 19, 2010 to work with the  IOM in Haiti to Liaise with the Protection Cluster, OCHA and other partners to ensure the protection issues are properly addressed in the areas of camp coordination and camp management.  

 Yvon-Loup Jean, joined WFP as logistics Cluster officer for air cargo movement, responsible for all airlift cargo by helicopter. Jean’s expertise in military transport and logistics has been of great assistance in his duties: My experience in the Canadian Air Force as a Transport Technician on the C130 Hercules, my knowledge gives a good confidence to the crews of the helicopters and I was able to put in place a loading system”.  His duties within the Air Cargo Movement ended in April; he is now Warehouse Manager, in charge of supervising warehouse staff, storekeepers and tally clerks, and managing the receipt, storage, accounting and reporting of all commodities.

Luciano Hounkponou joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a Protection Officer,  to support the MINUSTAH Human Rights section, and to ensure liaison with international NGOs and grass-roots organizations to support partnership in the protection cluster and facilitate their access to funding.

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These deployments were undertaken with the financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA): "Millions of people are struggling to overcome the impacts of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Through its contributions to vital United Nations partners such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF, the IFRC, and NGO partners, our government will help support Haitians as they rebuild their lives and communities," said Minister Oda in a January 19 press release. CIDA provided $500,000 in additional funds to CANADEMs RAP FUND (rapid response to humanitarian disasters) to deploy 10 Canadian humanitarian experts to humanitarian partners.

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Media coverage:

"Amidst the rubble, Haiti celebrates International Women's Day" By Jennifer Bakody, media specialist and public information officer, UNICEF, 9 March 2010

"Haitian-American doctor cares for families evacuated to Dominican Republic" By Jennifer Bakody, media specialist and public information officer, UNICEF, 4 February 2010

"On both sides of the border, essential aid and safe water for Haitian families" By Jennifer Bakody, media specialist and public information officer, UNICEF, 29 Jan 2010.

“Government of Canada Increases Humanitarian Assistance for Haitians Affected by Devastating Earthquake” Source: Canadian International Development Agency 19 Jan 2010.

 
2009 Deployments

September

Chad: OCHA response to ongoing conflict, displacement and worsening of humanitarian situation

Hans Park, civil-military coordination officer

UNOCHA Chad is playing an important role in the humanitarian operations to sustain the lives of 160 000 internally displaced persons and 270 000 refuges. To assist in this, OCHA urgently required a Civil-military Coordination to (CMCoord) expert. Hans was deployed to convene and coordinate regular meetings of key personnel from civilian, military and police groups; provide mentoring and training; and ensure the mutual exchange of information about ongoing humanitarian and military activities.

Yemen: UNICEF/UNHCR response to escalating war in Saa’da, affecting an estimated 150,000 internally displaced persons

Dominique De Juriew, Child protection specialist

Dominique was deployed to identify and provide guidance to external psychological support specialists (PSS), supervise their work, and establish a policy framework for psychological support to children.

Ghulam Qadir, Site planner

Yemeni authorities have expressed their intention to build an IDP camp. UNHCR will run the coordination and management of the camp and provide urgently needed shelter and protection. Ghulam was deployed to identify and assess possible site locations and design and train local staff in maintaining the camp.

Pakistan: UNICEF response to acute malnutrition requiring immediate health measures

Douglas Ravenstein, Information management specialist

UNICEF required an information management specialist to assist in data collection for its nutrition program in Pakistan. Douglas was seconded; mandated to revise a standard data collection process, produce monthly reporting formats, and monitor nutrition interventions in the North West Frontier Province and the Punjab.

July

Sudan: OCHA response to deteriorating humanitarian situation by increased incidence of inter-tribal/ethnic clashes

Mel Middleton, Humanitarian affairs officer

Mel provides leadership and effective coordination among partners in Sudan to assist OCHA to support the international community’s response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the recent expulsion of key humanitarian NGOs from the country.

Azim Akhtar, Humanitarian affairs officer

Azim assists the UNOCHA office in Southern Sudan to advocate for and ensure that the humanitarian case-load is recognized and responded to by agencies.

June

Sudan: UNICEF response to deteriorating humanitarian situation by increased incidences of inter-tribal/ethnic clashes

Mariam Adam, health and nutrition specialist

After the ICC’s arrest warrant was issued, several IGOs and NGOs were suspended from operating in the country, harming the nutrition sector. Mariam was deployed to work in the West and South of Darfur to address the precarious nutritional situation and support to UNICEF’s government and NGO’s counterparts in Genina and Nyala.

May

Pakistan: OCHA response to growing humanitarian crisis in North-West Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Judith Szabo, reporting officer

Veteran Reporting Officer Judith was deployed to assist the OCHA offices in Islamabad and Peshawar to produce timely and accessible reports on Pakistan’s current situation for different partners.

Democratic Republic of Congo: UNHCR response to worsening of situation for refugees and returnees in Lubero

Luciano Hounkponou, Field protection officer

UNHCR requested the urgent deployment of a Field protection officer. CANADEM, with funding from CIDA, deployed Luciano, mandated to coordinate and supervise field activities related to protection for refugees and returnees, and monitor the security and safety situation through communications with the population, refuges, IDPs and NGOs.

Sri Lanka: UNHCR response to massive displacement of population in Northern Sri Lanka – Vavuniya

Valerie Laforce, Community services officer (Gender)

Due to clashes between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka government, UNHCR was concerned about Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV), and requested a Community Services Officer to support their response to this crisis situation. Valerie was deployed to monitor the situation of IDP communities and provide recommendations on specific concerns regarding SGBV.

April

Nambia: UNICEF response to the state of emergency declared by GoN in response to flooding and evacuation of population

Ahmed Mozzam Uddin, Water and sanitation sector coordinator

UNICEF requested an Emergency Water and sanitation sector coordinator to coordinate needs and information gaps for an effective humanitarian response to the flood affected regions. CANADEM, in collaboration with CIDA, deployed Ahmed, who also acted as a focal point for the water and sanitation cluster’s response plans and operations.

Fritz Etienne, water and sanitation program response

Fritz was also seconded to coordinate logistics and communications between stakeholders and prepare health assessments in Namibia’s four affected regions in order to reduce risks of water born diseases and mitigate the impact of the flood emergency on the water and sanitation systems.

Elaine Bainard, child protection specialist

Child protection concerns, such as exposure to abuse, violence and exploitation, also needed to be addressed rapidly. A veteran child protection expert, Elaine was deployed to support programming for child protection and ensure adequate attention to the concerns of children, youth and women through technical capacity building.

Madagascar: UNICEF/OCHA response to political events that have upstaged a humanitarian crisis

Dominique De Juriew, child protection officer

UNICEF urgently requested a child protection officer to work with child protection and emergency partners in the country. Dominique was deployed to ensure appropriate integration with other sectors including emergency planning and communications, health, water and sanitation, education and HIV/AIDS.

Catherine Lengyel, humanitarian affairs officer

Catherine was deployed to assist the UN and humanitarian partners in raising the profile of the political crisis through common messaging and advocacy, establish communications and processes related to humanitarian assistance in the country, including strategy documents.

Sudan: UNICEF response to deteriorating humanitarian situation by increased incidences of inter-tribal/ethnic clashes

Ghermai Berhe, Emergency nutrition specialist

Ghermai Berhe was deployed to provide support to the nutrition sector lead in the region in terms of coordination, monitoring, surveillance and capacity building of partners.

March

Palestine: UNICEF response to the conflict between Israel and Gaza Strip

Christina Torsein, child protection specialist

Christina was deployed to provide leadership in the coordination of a multi-agency group on child protection, and to enhance opportunities for advocacy and support strategic approaches for accountability.

January

Zimbabwe: UNICEF response to Cholera epidemic that began in August, swept across the country and spread to Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia

Douglas Ravenstein, Information management specialist

Douglas was deployed to establish day to day management of the information management (IM) team, respond to the WASH cluster coordinator and Cluster Membership’s needs for information, as well as liaise and exchange information with other clusters.

Democratic Republic of Congo: UNICEF assistance to approximately 100,000 displaced people and civilians situated in conflict zones in the east

Dominique De Juriew, Chef d’antenne

Dominique brought her Program Coordination expertise to oversee the overall coordination of UNICEF’s emergency response in Dungu and the Haut Uele regions.

2008 Deployments

December

Zimbabwe: UNICEF response to Cholera epidemic

Yvon-Loup Jean, logistics and supply specialist

Yvon-Loup was deployed to assist in the distribution and monitoring of UNICEF’s emergency supplies and equipment in support of the Zimbabwe Emergency Programme.

Elaine Bainard, child protection specialist

In response to the Cholera epidemic in the country, Elaine joined UNICEF’s efforts to enhance protection for internally displaced children and children separated from their families.  


November

Democratic Republic of Congo: UNICEF assistance to 100,000 displaced people

Hugo Desjardins, logistics and supply officer

A veteran UN aid worker of the February 2008 floods in Namibia, Hugo worked with the government and local firms to ensure rapid deployment of critical aid materials and vaccines to UN distribution offices, health centers and other partners in the country.

Yemen: OCHA response to flooding in the country

Semaneh Jemere, humanitarian affairs officer

Semaneh was deployed to join UNOCHA in Sana'a to provide assistance to the agency’s emergency response to severe flooding in the country.  


October

Djibouti: UNHCR coordination and management of a growing refugee camp

Mozzam Ahmed, physical planner and shelter expert

Mozzam was deployed to design and reorganize new and existing refugee camps in order to accommodate refugees in accordance with UNHCR and government of Djibouti strategies.


September

Haiti: OCHA response to hurricanes

Eric Lapalme, humanitarian affairs officer

Eric assisted in the implementation of the field-level humanitarian work plan and monitored humanitarian risks to ensure that repose efforts were appropriate and well coordinated.

Réjean Côté, humanitarian affairs officer

Réjean was also deployed to assist in the implementation and coordination of field humanitarian activities and monitor humanitarian risks.

Kossi Julien Atchade, water and emergency sanitation expert

Kossi facilitated the WASH response in order to ensure effective coordination and cooperation between UN agencies, NGOs and local communities. Successful coordination was critical in light of flash flooding and water levels rising to three feet in many parts of the country.


August

Georgia: UNICEF response to crisis caused by armed conflict with Russia and separatist groups from South Ossetia

Charles Strickland, emergency coordinator

Charles facilitated the coordination of UNICEF’s overall emergency planning and its response to the needs of the children and women affected by the conflict in South Ossetia.


July

South Africa: UNICEF response to the crisis linked to surge of violence and conflict in Zimbabwe

Kara Pierson, child protection officer

Kara worked with UNICEF to assist the protection efforts following xenophobic attacks in parts of the country. She also provided support for emergency protection preparedness in response to the displacement of Zimbabwean children and women having fled into South Africa as a result of the worsening political crisis in Zimbabwe.


June

Ethiopia: UNHCR assistance in the backlog of over 100,000 Somali refugees

Nadia Williamson, Refugee status determination officer

Nadia was deployed to Jijiga, Ethiopia, to work as an associate eligibility officer, assisting UNHCR in screening, registering and identifying special needs of Somali asylum seekers.


May

Thailand: UNICEF response to crisis in Myanmar

Christina Torsein, child protection officer

In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christina was deployed to assist UNICEF at both the country and regional levels in coordinating the child protection response.

Sudan: UNICEF response to a complex protracted conflict

Daniel Naysmith, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers

Daniel supported the DDR commission in Blue Nile State, assisting in efforts to demobilize and register separated children for family tracing. Focus was also places on monitoring and preventing the re-recruitment of children.


April

Bolivia: OCHA response to floods

Giannina Richeda, Humanitarian Advisor

Giannina was deployed to support OCHA’s response to coordinate humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the floods. She provided management related services and advice, principally in the field of inter-agency coordination and information dissemination.

Namibia: UNICEF response to floods

Hugo Desjardins, logistics officer

A logistics expert, Hugo provided technical support for logistics procedures and processes to facilitate UNICEF’s emergency response.

Anne Wood, Emergency coordinator

Anne worked closely with the Government of the Republic of Namibia in its planning, coordinating and monitoring of response efforts to the ongoing flood emergency in the northern regions of the country.

Zambia: UNICEF response to floods

Tiarnach Mooney, Protection specialist

Tiarnach provided technical support to humanitarian response in the country, in particular ensuring that protection activities were in place for the emergency and coordinating UNICEF and partners’ efforts to meet the needs of the affected populations.

Madagascar: UNICEF response to cyclones

Gregory Vaz, logistics officer

Gregory, a logistics expert, joined UNICEF to assist in coordinating the agency’s response efforts by keeping the field office and its NGO partners well informed of the changing emergency situation on the ground.


February

Kenya: UNICEF response to post election violence and displacement

Diya Nijhowne, child protection officer

Diya played a key role in rapidly assessing child protection needs and providing technical support to ensure that children received appropriate attention and protection within IDP camps and the regions affected by civil unrest.

Ghermai Berhe, Emergency Nutritionist

Ghermai provided support to nutrition interventions for crisis affected populations. In addition to providing technical support to the implementation of nutritional programs, he was able to promote, through mentoring and training, compliance with international standards in nutrition program implementation.

Somalia: UNICEF response to ongoing harsh situation of IDPs and risk of Cholera outbreak

Samuel Pineda, Project officer, water and environmental sanitation

Samuel was deployed to support in a monitoring, evaluation and implementation capacity UNICEF’s efforts to provide water and sanitation facilities to population fleeing Mogadishu.


January

Kenya: UNICEF response to post electoral violence and displacement

Charles Strickland, Field Emergency Coordinator

Charles offered assistance to the UNICEF Kenya Country Office, specifically in the Eldoret / Kisumu affected areas, to implement an operational and sustained level of response to the post election crisis.

Jazy Haboubacar, Water and Sanitation Officer

Jazy provided effective support to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) section of the UNICEF response to the crisis in Kenya. His assessment of the water and sanitation situation in three major IDP camps enabled UNICEF to implement a more effective coordinated and focused response to the needs of those within the camps.

Elaine Bainard, Child Protection Officer

Elaine played a key role in developing and implementing child protection activities in conflict-affected areas within Kenya. By identifying the specific problems faced by children, she worked to ensure that children received appropriate attention and protection within IDP camps as well as regions affected by the civil unrest.

Côte d’Ivoire: OCHA response to human security concerns

Thuy Thach Field Coordinator

Thuy worked with national and local authorities, UN Agencies, international and local NGOs and community-based organizations to coordinate the response to the protection needs of the civilian population. He also facilitated a collaborative response to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDP) in light of the Ouagadougou agreement.


2007 Deployments

November

Ghana: UNICEF response to floods

Jonathan Petko Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster Coodinator

Jonathan assisted UNICEF in coordinating a coherent and effective WASH response to the contamination of water sources and reduced access of populations to safe drinking water sources.


August 

Pakistan: UNICEF response to floods

Christina Torsein Child Protection Officer

Christina provided assistance to UNICEF on the child protection response to vulnerable children and their families in the flood affected areas in the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh.