Archive for September 21, 2011

South Sudan President Meeting, the US President, Obama

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

The leader of newly-independent South Sudan is due to meet Wednesday with U.S. President Barack Obama.

President Salva Kiir is one of six foreign leaders Obama will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

The White House says the meeting will mark South Sudan’s progress from conflict to independence. It split from Sudan in July, six years after a long civil war. barack-obama-salva-kiir-mayardit-2011-9-21-18-30-17.jpg

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The White House says the meeting will mark South Sudan’s progress from conflict to independence. It split from Sudan in July, six years after a long civil war.

President Obama was one of the first world leaders to recognize the new nation after it declared independence on July 9.

President Kiir is no stranger to meeting with U.S. presidents. President George W. Bush welcomed Kiir to the White House on three separate occasions during his second term.

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/east/South-Sudan-President-to-Meet-Obama-130265723.html

South Sudan President Meets With Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to remain committed to helping the people of South Sudan, but called on President Salva Kiir to work on resolving issues remaining with neighboring Sudan.

Mr. Obama met with the leader of the newly-independent South Sudan Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session.

The two leaders posed for photographs but did not address the public during their meeting in New York. However, a top White House official said President Obama called on President Kiir to work towards completing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, including questions regarding the region’s oil wealth.

The official said Mr. Obama also stressed how important it was for the violence in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan to end, and called on President Kiir to take action on reports that the South Sudanese millitary is providing support to fighters there.

The two leaders also discussed the importance of maintaining transparency and the rule of law and setting the fledgling nation on a path to economic progress.

President Kiir this week has renewed his pledge to fight corruption, announcing “five critical steps” he will undertake. These include investigating diverted funds and passing new laws regulating government contracts.

South Sudan declared independence on July 9, after a referendum agreed to in the 2005 peace agreement that ended a two-decade-long north-south civil war.

But several key issues remain unresolved, including the fate of the oil-rich Abyei region, which was a key battleground during the war and is now claimed by both sides.

South Sudan also faces the difficult task of developing and rebuilding a country with almost no roads, low literacy rates, widespread poverty, and other challenges.

http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/09/21/south-sudan-president-meets-with-obama/

President Kiir Arrives in New York

Thomas Kenneth From New York

21 September 2011


press release

New York — The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived yesterday Tuesday September 20th, 2011 afternoon in New York heading a very high delegation of the Republic of South Sudan to participate in the sixty sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to commence on September 21st, 2011.

In the delegation are Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Hon. Emmanuel Lowilla, minister in the Office of the President; Hon. Stephen Dhieu, minister for Petroleum; Hon. Garang Diing, minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment, among others.

Before the UN/GA session President Kiir will on September 22nd, 2011 participate in a mini-summit in cooperation with member states on preventing and responding to sexual violence. H.E Kiir is expected to address the sixty sixth session of the United Nations’ General Assembly on 23rd September 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting hall. In the margins of the UN/GA session, H.E Kiir will meet some heads of states.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201109220631.html

Egypt committed to supporting both Sudan and South Sudan

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

<p>The flag of South Sudan (C) flies outside the United Nations after a flag raising ceremony on the day the General Assembly voted to admit the newly formed nation of South Sudan to the UN, at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2011 .</p> Photographed by AFP

Egypt’s government wants to support Sudan and South Sudan even after the United Nations commission has ended its mission there, as it is keen on preserving stability and security in the two countries, a Foreign Ministry source has said.

The source said Egypt participates in the development of Sudan and South Sudan through the joint United Nations and African Union (UNAMID) operation. It said Egypt contributes with police and army troops, and through bilateral cooperation means, by exchanging expertise.

The source explained that the Egyptian UNAMID troops were on a peacekeeping mission, and that they started to return home on 16 August after the implementation of the peace treaty between Sudan and South Sudan.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/498136


Confident Children out of Conflict; action research on SEA in Juba

Dear all,

We would like to share with humanitarian aid partners a final draft of an action research that CCC did, a year ago, on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Juba, with a focus on human trafficking and child-abuse related to sex work. I sincerely hope that this research will carry forward a movement to control and stop malpractices in Juba and South Sudan.

Confident Children out of Conflict

Cathy Groenendijk
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Sudan says seizes strategic city in Blue Nile, rebels deny

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

CAIRO, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Sudan government forces have seized control of a strategic city in Blue Nile state after fighting with rebels allied with South Sudan, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.

A rebel spokesman denied the report and said the Dindiro area was still under the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) control.

Sudanese army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid said government forces "liberated" the city of Dindidiro, located some 100 km (65 miles) south of the state capital al-Damazin.

"The army, a short while ago and after a fierce battle, managed to seize control of the city of Dindiro and liberate it from the SPLM forces in the Blue Nile state," Khalid saideuters.

Analysts say the fighting with the rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states fighting risks drawing the newly independent South Sudan into a proxy war.

The Sudanese government has accused the south’s dominant Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of being behind the violence. The SPLM-North, the movement’s branch in Sudan, has blamed Khartoum.

Sudan and South Sudan signed a border security agreement on Sunday, making a step towards improving ties after tensions over border violence and sharing oil revenues.

Khalid said the Sudanese army has seized five tanks and five other military vehicles in the battle. But an SPLM spokesman said the fighting has been taking place in a mountain region some 20 kms (12 miles) away from Dindiro.

Dindiro, a rugged mountainous area, controls access to the al-Kurmuk, traditional stronghold for the SPLM and its military wing, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum; Writing by Sami Aboudi)

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http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5E7KL6TR20110921

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to fight corruption

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Newly independent South Sudan has announced a series of measures to combat corruption.

Salva KiirPresident Salva Kiir’s letter specifically mentions a high profile corruption scandal involving sorghum

President Salva Kiir detailed "five critical steps" in an open letter.

Land sales will be reviewed, public contracts subject to new laws and officials will be expected to publish their assets and earnings.

The announcement comes ahead of a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the UN and follows local and foreign pressure to tackle the problem.

South Sudan only became independent in July, but its leaders ran a semi-autonomous region with a large budget for six years before that.

President Kiir said cases where money has apparently been stolen will be investigated, and the results made public.

He specifically mentioned a high profile scandal involving sorghum, a local staple food.

Senior advisers from other African countries will be appointed to key institutions, and the anti-corruption commission will be strengthened, the president said.

South Sudanese civil society organisations and journalists and Western governments have been vocal in their criticisms of the extent of corruption in South Sudan.

The BBC’s James Copnall says the timing of Mr Kiir’s announcement suggests that he wants to show his good intentions before his UN meeting with President Obama, which is of great significance for South Sudan.

The south’s independence followed decades of conflict with the north in which some 1.5 million people died.

South Sudan is rich in oil, but is one of the least developed countries in the world.

One in seven children dies before the age of five.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15000900

Sudanese government forces defy withdrawal schedule for Abyei

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Sudanese government forces remain in the disputed Abyei region, flouting the first phase of the withdrawal schedule and complicating efforts to settle the area’s status.

By Amanda Hsiao, Guest blogger / September 21, 2011

Sudan government troops have yet to comply with the first phase of a withdrawal schedule aimed at demilitarizing the disputed Abyei area that sits between Sudan and South Sudan. According to the timeline, signed by Sudanese and South Sudanese government officials two weeks ago, the northern Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, should have withdrawn out of Abyei town by the end of last week. Southern and UN sources say that SAF remain in Abyei town.

In an interview with Enough last Thursday, southern Minister for Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor Kuol, a negotiator for the southern government, said that SAF withdrawal from Abyei town had yet to begin. A more recent UN report seen by Enough also said that northern soldiers continue to occupy Abyei town.

The redeployment of the northern and southern army out of Abyei, a contested area that was militarily overtaken and occupied by northern forces in early May, is a key condition before the estimated 110,000 individuals displaced by the violence can return home.

SAF redeployment may just be getting underway. According to the UN report, SAF troops were observed packing equipment in the last week. Last Saturday, 20 SAF vehicles were also seen moving past the town of Diffra – which lies near the northern border of Abyei – the report said. Beyond Abyei’s northern boundaries lies South Kordofan state, where government forces and the insurgent SPLA-N have been fighting for over three months. Redeployed SAF from Abyei may well join the frontlines in South Kordofan.

The UN report also indicated that “only a few” SPLA remained in Abyei area, though it did not specify where. According to the withdrawal agreement, the SPLA should fully withdraw from the area by the end of this week.

A statement issued last week by Dr. Luka Biong Deng – a former southern minister and the top southern representative in the North-South committee created to administer Abyei until its status is resolved—sounded a note of reassurance, underscoring the commitment on both sides to withdraw. The statement reads:

[B]oth the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan remain committed to securing the final withdrawal of all troops and militias from Abyei by the end of September. By the end of this month, only UN forces shall have a presence in the Abyei Area as defined by the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The withdrawal of forces from the volatile region is one of the key first steps in a larger agreement signed in June meant to provide temporary administrative and security arrangements for Abyei until its status – whether it belongs to the North or the South – is decided. Among other items, the agreement provides for the deployment of Ethiopian peacekeepers, a police force, and a local government. Notably, the agreement did not include a specific mechanism or timeline for deciding the region’s final status, leaving Abyei’s residents in a continued limbo and skeptical of the merits of this latest agreement. Whether the withdrawal of forces is implemented will be a clear indication of whether the two governments and the international community are serious in pushing toward a final solution for the area and its population.

Amanda Hsiao blogs for the Enough Project at Enough Said.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0921/Sudanese-government-forces-defy-withdrawal-schedule-for-Abyei

Job Vacancy in South Sudan:

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Jobs

Please directly contact the employer if you have any questions.

To anyone of interest, please circulate the following job vacancies: • Project Coordinator with NRC

Dear All,

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Programme is seeking a highly motivated and qualified WASH & DRR PROJECT COORDINATOR to join our dynamic team to assist the team with the establishment of the newest projects in Warrap State. The primary duty station will be Alek, Warrap State.

Kindly circulate the following vacancy announcement widely and please note that applications must be submitted online. NB: Please follow the prompts through the NRC website (http://www.nrc.no/?aid=9160702); CVs or applications emailed to NRC South Sudan staff or received in any other manner cannot be considered in the official recruitment process.

WASH & DRR Project Coordinator – Warrap

NRC’s programmes in Warrap offer a holistic response, both emergency and early recovery, to address the needs of the high numbers of returnees received since October 2010, as well as IDPs having arrived into the area during the Abyei crisis, and vulnerable host communities. Activities cover Education, shelter, emergency response, information, counselling and legal assistance, Food Security and Livelihoods and a construction and WASH pilot. In Warrap, NRC is currently implementing an Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) project, which include activities in WASH and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The WASH component will focus on essential rehabilitation of water points and latrines in the area, as prioritised by local government authorities and verified by NRC. A DRR pilot will focus on strengthening the flood resistance of homesteads and granaries, in conjunction with specific DRR awareness raising, to complement efforts made in increasing food security. Construction training targeting vulnerable communities, especially youth and returnees, will be integrated into all respective activities. Hygiene promotion, nutrition and sanitation awareness raising is a cross cutting approach.

PURPOSE
To start up and implement NRC’s WASH and DRR intervention in Warrap State and improve the public health of the affected population by: **• Recruiting and training a dedicated WASH/DRR team
**• Promoting safe WASH practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services using Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), thereby ensuring community involvement in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of essential WASH services and facilities (rehabilitation of water points and latrines);
**• Ensuring effective coordination and integration (synergies) of WASH and DRR activities with the NRC programme strategy, relevant agreements, policies and international standards.
**• Ensuring the sustainability of the intervention through setting up structures, routines and channels

REPORTING TO
The WASH Project Coordinator reports to the Shelter Programme Manager.

ROLE, TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Implementation
**• Start up, implement, and monitor WASH and DRR project activities appropriate to specific sectors of the community, e.g. children, youths, women, and men.
**• Facilitation of the CLTS approach through which WASH activities can be implemented (Mobilisation of the affected communities for participation in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of WASH facilities and services).
**• Creation of channels for dialogue (water user committees) to ensure appropriate technical and social interventions in order to secure outcome, impact and sustainability.
**• Identification of appropriate maintenance mechanisms and sustainability of the rehabilitated latrines, water points and household infrastructures.
**• Identification of key hygiene practices (gender sensitive) to be addressed and sectors of the population with whom to engage and define an appropriate communications strategy to promote safe practices.
**• Design and plan activities to reduce these risks with reference to both physical, behavioural , cultural, economic, social and gender aspects.
**• Contribute towards development of programme implementation approaches, strategies and the overall Country Programme Strategy **• Ensure technical and programmatic quality of the project

Information management
**• Manage assessments and baseline studies in coordination with the clusters (i.e. WASH, NFIs/Shelter, Health) and other relevant actors in the area
**• Design and manage periodic studies to measure progress and impact of the project intervention (KAP).
**• Participate in coordination meetings and share information with external stakeholders as appropriate.
**• Design and manage a plan to monitor activities, outputs and impact and recommend adaptations to the programme as needed.
**• Provide regular and reliable narrative and financial reports reflecting lessons learned.
**• Work together with other WASH team members to ensure that the various aspects of the WASH response are integrated, and that they form part of a coherent public health response.
**• Ensure transparency and inclusiveness in information management with all stakeholders as appropriate.

Resource management
**• Recruit and train the WASH/DRR team; especially in technical and social aspects and aspects.
**• Manage the project team and ensure that activities are completed within the specified timeframe and to acceptable level of technical and programme quality
**• Manage day-to-day logistics, administration, and personnel in accordance with national law and organisational guidelines.
**• Develop appropriate technical and social training packages and modules for Hygiene and Sanitation including Environmental sanitation to enhance the capacity of NRC staff.

Programme approach
**• Ensure that all activities are in line with relevant standards, codes of conduct, and humanitarian principles.
**• Use participatory approaches as a far as possible throughout the programme cycle, in training, and in the use of tool kits and other materials.
**• Ensure that CLTS approach is understood and applied.
**• Ensure that all activities and resources are implemented and handed over or ended in a way that promotes local capacities and sustainable operations.
**• Ensure that gender, protection, HIV, the environment, and other important crosscutting
concerns are taken into account in programme design, implementation, and reporting; ensure that project activities reflect the needs of specific groups and individuals e.g. elderly people, children, and people with disabilities.

Coordination
**• Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance with local government procedures (e.g. site selection) and do not duplicate or interfere with activities proposed or carried out by the UN or other NGOs.
**• Liaise with other organisations/entities engaged in similar activities in South Sudan, including the government authorities, the WASH and other relevant clusters, UN agencies and NGOs.
**• Liaise closely with the Programme Manager, Area Manager, Programme Director and other programme coordinators to ensure good integration of activities and identify opportunities for synergies. Reporting
**• Contribute to related donor reports and proposals and information sharing as appropriate. **• Compile Monthly Reports and contribute to Core Activity Database (CAD) **• Contribute to the development of indicators and M&E tools.
**• In liaison with the Shelter PM, AM and PD, develop tools for both qualitative and quantitative surveys.

EDUCATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
**• Background in Public Health Engineering (Water & Sanitation) or similar discipline.
**• Minimum 5 years experience in initiation, planning and implementation of WASH projects according to internal and national guidelines, agreements and international standards
**• Knowledge and experience of working with rural communities & local government authorities in a remote post conflict setting.
**• Understanding of the principles behind and experience in the implementation of WASH programmes, CLTS and DRR.
**• Assessment, analytical, and planning skills; Ability to collect and analyse technical data including appropriate public health indicators and water quality assessments to direct programmme implementation priorities.
**• Strong administrative and management skills with a willingness to follow relevant policies and procedures. **• Proven ability to use MS Office; knowledge of CAD application desirable.
**• Good communication skills, including ability to simply present complex technical information.
**• Strong experience in capacity building and training of staff and target groups, especially in community mobilization, hygiene promotion, CLTS and DRR. **• Political and cultural awareness and sensitivity.
**• Ability to understand and integrate gender issues within a conservative environment and a post conflict setting.
**• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; knowledge in local languages desirable. **• Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs. **• Monitoring and documenting skills.

DUTY STATION AND LIVING CONDITIONS
South Sudan is a ‘non-family duty station’.

WE OFFER
**• Commencement: As soon as possible.
**• Contract period: 12 months with possible extension
**• Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions (Salary class 40), approximately NOK 50.214,- (€ 6.466) per month, and free housing of moderate standard. Tax/fees may occur for some countries.
**• South Sudan is a ‘non-family duty station’. The position will be based in Alek, Warrap State, with travel to locations in this and the neighbouring state. Frequent travel to remote project sites will be required, and road conditions can be challenging. Recreational and social facilities are limited. Accommodation will be provided within the NRC staff compound in Juba.

Kind regards,

Nina

Nina Gehm
Programme Director
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – South Sudan
Tongping Area, Juba
Email: gmgr@sudan.nrc.no
Mobile: +249 (0) 903 440 143 (Zain)
+256 (0) 477 188 291 (Gemtel)
Skype: nina.gehm
Web: http://www.nrc.no

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Thanks,
Reec Akuak
Treasurer

The Southern Sudanese Community
Advocating — Mentoring — Nurturing

202.656.TSSC (8772)
Direct/Cell: 202.596.6009
Fax: 202.280.1007

R.Akuak@TSSC.us
http://www.TSSC.us

South Sudan Job Vacancy:

Posted: September 21, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Jobs

Please directly contact the employer if you have any questions.

To anyone of interest, please circulate the following job vacancies:

· Communication Assistant with Abt Associates

Thanks,

Reec Akuak

Treasurer

The Southern Sudanese Community

Advocating

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