The South Sudan Country Office (the “Country Office”) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is based in Juba and located in the Office premise of the South Sudan Red Cross (the “SSRC”). The SSRC became the newest member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, when it was established at the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011. The Country Office is part of the Africa Region, with its main objectives to provide support to SSRC strategic plans.
The focus areas of the SSRC strategic plan for 2013-2017 are on disaster management, health, communication, volunteering, organizational development, partnership and resource mobilization. In 2013, critical challenges emerged as the new country faced widespread internal conflict that affected the population. Millions of the South Sudan population were displaced in the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya. A Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was launched in January 2014, followed by an Emergency Appeal in March of the same year for ~CHF4.7 million. The appeal was further revised to ~CHF6.7 million to provide assistance to the internally displaced population and those living in cholera affected areas. The appeal ended in January 2015, with the focus now on the implementation of the strategic plans.
As at the audit, the Office employed five national staff and one surge capacity staff from the Africa Regional Office. The Country Office is overseeing a 2016 annual budget of ~CHF1.5 million. This is the first internal audit of the Office and it was performed in May 2016.
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Document status: Final