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TOP 5 COUNTRIES THAT NEED HUMANITARIAN AID

TOP 5 COUNTRIES THAT NEED HUMANITARIAN AID

 

Well, here is a list of countries that need humanitarian aid the most according to the International Rescue Committee. Most of the countries on this list are as a result of political conflicts, disasters and diseases.

 

  1. VENEZUELA

Political conflict has thrown the South American country into an economic crisis leaving more than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. It is estimated that 94% of Venezuelans live in abject poverty and hence more than 5000 people flee the country every day. Hyper inflation brought about by political conflict and a corrupt system corrupt system have made the country’s citizens become refugees in the neighboring Brazil and Colombia.

4.NIGERIA

Boko Haram’s insurgency activities have hurt Africa’s economic giant for over a decade now. The terrorist activities done by the insurgent group in the northern side of the country have led to internal displacement of more than 500,000 people with millions needing humanitarian aid. Persistent drought and floods have also left the northern people with no option but to flee the area.

  1. 3. SYRIA

You’ve probably heard about Syria. Syria has the biggest refugee crisis in the world with more than half of the country’s citizens getting displaced. It is estimated that 11 million people need humanitarian assistance in the country. Syria’s civil war came about during the 2011 Arab spring protests where many Syrian citizens protested against the government’s way of rule. It later escalated into a violent conflict that has left many dead and many more needing humanitarian aid.

  1. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Constant outbreak of diseases, constant fighting among armed groups have made the Democratic Republic of Congo remain underdeveloped for more than 30 years. More than 16 million people constantly need humanitarian assistance in the country. Termed as the “rape capital of the world”, human rights and their violation is nothing new in the DRC.

1.YEMEN

The country has been in civil war for more than 5 years with health facilities, hospitals and government services getting shut down. More than 24 million people and 12 million kids to specific are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 100,00 have died as a result of the war.

 

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The South Sudan Crisis. Is there Hope?

The South Sudan Crisis. Is there Hope?
Political conflict, drought, and economic turmoil have for the most part ensured that South Sudan is always swimming in the deep end of massive human displacement, violence, and food shortages.
To know more about the crisis, we have compiled a couple of pointers that will help you understand what is and what has happened in the country since they gained independence in 2011.
·       Where it all began.
After attaining independence in 2011, cracks begun to show in the top echelons of power when President Salva Kiir accused his former Vice President, Riek Machar of attempting a coup. President Kiir dismissed Vice President Riek from the office which led to the ex-Vice President forming the SPLM-IO (Sudan’s People Liberation Movement in Opposition) to fight the government forces.
The conflict became bloody leading to the deaths of over 400,000 civilians in over 5 years.
·       Where it currently is
30,000 plus people are facing famine as others face starvation. The government however denies the number citing that only 11,000 people are facing starvation.
The conflict has decreased mainly due to the peacekeeping missions by the United Nations and the continuous signing of peace deals and a formation of a coalition-based government between the warring parties. Although things look promising, there is still political violence especially targeting the most food-insecure places.
·       Humanitarian Aid Situation
2 million-plus Sudanese have fled the country and are now refugees in neighboring countries.
Over 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.
More than half of the population does not have access to basic health care.
Desert locusts, floods, and the coronavirus pandemic have not spared the country either.
The European Union and the United Nations have been among the main donors of Humanitarian Aid.

Key Take-Aways
Since obtaining independence, South Sudan has continued to be a land of conflict that knows no stability or peace owing to political instability, falling oil prices, and climate change.
Years of political instability have taken a toll on the youngest country in the world leaving its people devastated and broken.
However, recent peacekeeping and humanitarian aid are helping bring the crisis-prone country back on its feet.
Humanitarian Global hopes a silver lining is closer than further.

Humanitarian News

Children cannot afford another year of school disruption [EN/AR]

Children cannot afford another year of school disruption [EN/AR]

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

NEW YORK, 12 January 2021 – “As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as cases continue to soar around the world, no effort should be spared to keep schools open or prioritize them in reopening plans.

“Despite overwhelming evidence of the impact of school closures on children, and despite increasing evidence that schools are not drivers of the pandemic, too many countries have opted to keep schools closed, some for nearly a year.

“The cost of closing schools – which at the peak of pandemic lockdowns affected 90 per cent of students worldwide and left more than a third of schoolchildren with no access to remote education – has been devastating.

“The number of out-of-school children is set to increase by 24 million, to a level we have not seen in years and have fought so hard to overcome.

“Children’s ability to read, write and do basic math has suffered, and the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy have diminished.

“Their health, development, safety and well-being are at risk. The most vulnerable among them will bear the heaviest brunt.

“Without school meals, children are left hungry and their nutrition is worsening. Without daily interactions with their peers and a reduction in mobility, they are losing physical fitness and showing signs of mental distress. Without the safety net that school often provides, they are more vulnerable to abuse, child marriage and child labour.

“That’s why closing schools must be a measure of last resort, after all other options have been considered.

“Assessing the risk of transmission at the local level should be a key determinant in decisions on school operations. Nationwide school closures must be avoided whenever possible. Where there are high levels of community transmission, where health systems are under extreme pressure and where closing schools is deemed inevitable, safeguarding measures must be put in place. This includes ensuring that children who are at risk of violence in their homes, who are reliant upon school meals and whose parents are essential workers are able to continue their education in their classrooms.

“In case of lockdowns, schools must be among the first to reopen once authorities start lifting restrictions. Catch-up classes should be prioritized to ensure that children who have been unable to learn remotely are not left behind.

“If children are faced with another year of school closures, the effects will be felt for generations to come.”

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Georgina Thompson
UNICEF New York
Tel: +1 917 238 1559
Email: gthompson@unicef.org

Humanitarian News

Global Fund signs a record-breaking $8.54 billion in grants to fight HIV, TB and malaria

Global Fund signs a record-breaking $8.54 billion in grants to fight HIV, TB and malaria

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GENEVA – In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of US$8.54 billion for lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs and to strengthen systems for health. This is the highest amount of grants ever signed in a single year by the Global Fund. The grants will begin implementation this month.

“This is an exceptional achievement that will help more than 100 countries continue the critical fight against HIV, TB and malaria – epidemics that kill more than 2.3 million people every year,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “As the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelms health systems around the world, it is now more important than ever that we ensure countries have the resources they need to fight HIV, TB and malaria and to strengthen the systems for health needed to respond to all four diseases.”

The Global Fund has a total of US$12.71 billion available in funding allocations for the three-year funding cycle that runs from 2020-2022. Of these funds, the Global Fund had planned for US$8.9 billion in grants to be approved in 2020, with the remaining funds scheduled for later start dates. However, the Secretariat accelerated its grant-making efforts and exceeded the original target, approving US$9.2 billion of funding in 2020. As of 31 December 2020, US$8.54 of the approved grants had been signed and begin implementation this month; two countries were still in the process of signing the remaining finalized grants worth US$660 million.

“Even in the midst of a new global pandemic, during an extraordinarily challenging year, the Global Fund partnership has supported countries to develop grants more quickly and effectively than ever before,” said Donald Kaberuka, Global Fund Board Chair. “A record-breaking 67% of grants for the 2020-2022 funding cycle have now been signed, compared to 50% of grants signed at the same time in the last funding cycle, representing a remarkable increase in performance.”

In comparison, at the same time in the 2017-2019 funding cycle, the Global Fund had signed US$5.2 billion in grants out of a US$10.3 billion funding allocation.

Over the past year, the Global Fund has supported implementing partners and Country Coordinating Mechanisms (the committee of local community, government and health experts that develop and guide Global Fund-supported programs in a country) to develop detailed funding requests for programs to respond to the epidemics at the country level. As part of the Global Fund’s grant-making process, all funding requests are reviewed by an independent Technical Review Panel and then by the Grant Approvals Committee for quality and comprehensiveness before going to the Global Fund Board for final approval. Once the Global Fund and the implementing partners sign the grant, implementation of programs can begin.

The Global Fund is extremely appreciative of the continued support of donors for its core funding, as pledges made at the record-breaking Replenishment Conference in Lyon in October 2019 are converted into cash contributions. Sustaining funding levels for the fight against HIV, TB and malaria is vital at a moment when disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to reverse many years of progress against the three diseases.

On top of the new grants awarded to fight HIV, TB and malaria, the Global Fund has approved US$980 million in additional funding to 106 low- and middle-income countries and 14 multicountry programs to respond to COVID-19 in 2020. The Global Fund has estimated that it needs a further US$5 billion on top of its core funding to support countries in responding to the pandemic by reinforcing national COVID-19 responses; mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs; and making urgent improvements to health and community systems.

Humanitarian jobs

PAS Counseling Assistant – Kahramanmaraş – Turkish Nationals only

PAS Counseling Assistant – Kahramanmaraş – Turkish Nationals only

Organization: Orange
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Closing date: 

General Description of the Organization:

Orange is a non-governmental civil society organization devoted to alleviating the suffering and improving the sustainability mechanisms of the conflict-affected population. Orange partners directly with affected Syrian populations delivering humanitarian and development programmes, Food Security, Livelihood, Education, and Protection, to enable them to improve their living practices and their sustainability mechanisms. Orange also collaborates with national and international non-governmental organizations, local initiatives responding to the humanitarian Syrian crisis with capacity development programmes, to be better equipped with the skills they need to prepare and respond to affected population’s needs and to ensure that these communities, which we work within, are ready for any future disasters.

Job Purpose:

Orange Organization aims to enhance the Employability of the displacement-affected persons is strengthened through skills training and linkages to employment opportunities. In partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and through four training and business development centres in Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Şanlıurfa, and Kilis; Orange provides several counselling, coaching, as well as short- and long-term training opportunities. In addition, Orange conduct market mapping activities to explore available job opportunities and secure job linkage for the targeted beneficiaries. All these activities are being implemented under the Turkey livelihoods project named “Bridges”. The PAS assistant will be line managed by the livelihoods project coordinator and will be responsible for the implementation of HBB programs within Orange’s program framework and in line with Orange’s standards.

Duties, objectives and competencies:

  • ▪ Cooperate with Counselling Assistants to identify beneficiaries who demonstrate interest and skills in entrepreneurial activities
  • ▪ Conduct one-on-one assessments with pre-identified beneficiaries to check their eligibility to the business development skills training.
  • ▪ Record beneficiaries’ data and analyse them through the predetermined scoring system.
  • ▪ Validate the received beneficiaries’ data by comparing it with the initial data received by counsellor assistants.
  • ▪ Contribute to the Selection of the eligible beneficiaries who will be enrolled in the business development skills training and contact them to Join the training.
  • ▪ Facilitate the business skills training with eligible beneficiaries and ensure pre-/post-tests and evaluations are completed and results are collected
  • ▪ Provide instruction and support to the beneficiaries in order to develop their proposal as well as required language translation.
  • ▪ Communicate with the beneficiaries to inform them with the acceptance or rejection of their proposals
  • ▪ Follow up with beneficiaries’ productive assets procurement according to the distribution modality in coordination with logistics.
  • ▪ Conduct the distribution of productive assets and ensure that all relevant documents are well checked and reviewed according to the agreed Terms of References.
  • ▪ Participate in monthly follow-up sessions with beneficiaries of productive assets for 3 months after the distribution, deliver data and report to supervisor.
  • ▪ Follow up the beneficiaries work & success after receiving the grants.
  • ▪ Provide market integration support linking beneficiaries to clients
  • ▪ Engage in outreach activities related to the project (with community members,local NGOs, and private sector contacts)
  • ▪ Suggest and discuss new approaches related to skills trainings and entrepreneurship based on the evolving beneficiaries needs.
  • ▪ Safely refer protection cases of the Livelihoods beneficiaries to the relevant protection program network, mainly, the protection program of the Danish Refugee Council;
  • ▪ Work closely with the monitoring team on the timely monitoring and evaluation relevant components – information, beneficiary selection, beneficiary feedback about activities, etc

Requirements:

  • ▪ Business administration, Economics, or relevant field of study.
  • ▪ Proven work experience with beneficiaries
  • ▪ Strong communication skills, negotiation skills & emotional stability.
  • ▪ Good reporting skills;
  • ▪ Good analytical skills
  • ▪ Good computer skills including MS office.
  • ▪ Good English language skills (spoken, written and reading)
  • ▪ Hard-working, able to work under pressure &multitasking.
  • ▪ Turkish Nationality is required.

Orange’s Values and Principles:

We believe that:

  • ▪ Maintaining a positive, healthy, and trusting relationship are central to making the partnership a success.
  • ▪ Appropriately trained and resourced staff and volunteers are key to effective and efficient service and program delivery in the development sector.

We are committed to:

  • ▪ Shared responsibility, accountability, and decision-making in any partnership.
  • ▪ Providing access to high-quality learning to empower people and professionals in the development sector, particularly in the developing world.
  • ▪ Learning from each other to strengthen and enhance the long-term sustainability of our services and programs for the benefit of children and communities that we serve.

Child safeguarding policy Orange aims to create an organization that is safe for children but is also aware of the need to keep child protection concerns proportionate and to guard against over-zealous attitudes. Child abuse thrives in closed and secretive atmospheres. Orange’s best protection is to create an open and aware culture where people are not afraid to speak about their concerns. Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of Orange capacity building must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form and comply with the Orange Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of Orange commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. Orange reserves the right to change this document.

How to apply

If you are interested to this position please fill the application form and upload your CV and Cover Letter not later than 20-January-2021. Please note that the position may be filled before the deadline.

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