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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.