The Advisory Group


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In 2011, the CERF Advisory Group met twice, in Nairobi in April and in New York in November, to receive an update on the use of the Fund, discuss the outcome of the Five-year Evaluation of CERF, and consider the key findings of the countries reviewed under the PAF. These discussions covered policy and operational issues such as the timeliness of CERF-funded activities, the transfer of funds from UN agencies and IOM to NGOs and other implementing partners, and the quality of reporting on results.

While in Nairobi, the Advisory Group met with the Kenya and Somalia Humanitarian Country Teams to discuss the challenges humanitarian partners face in the field and suggest ways in which the Fund could support relief efforts in the Horn of Africa. The Group visited projects at Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya to review the work made possible through CERF allocations. This visit marks the first time the Advisory Group met with humanitarian partners in the field.

In New York, the Advisory Group met with agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee to discuss the effectiveness of CERF support to humanitarian interventions, and to identify bottlenecks in the implementation of CERF-funded field projects. Advisory Group members stressed the importance of quality and timely reporting on results by the UN agencies, the IOM and the NGOs that are recipients of CERF funds.

In December, based on a recommendation of the Five-year Evaluation and the endorsement of the Advisory Group, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to decrease the size of the CERF loan facility from $50 million to $30 million, with funds transferred from the loan window to the grant window.


What is the CERF Advisory Group?

The CERF Advisory Group was established by the United Nations General Assembly to provide the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use of the Fund and its impact. The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator manages day-to-day operations of the Fund on behalf of the Secretary-General.


The Group’s 18 members serve in their individual capacity, and not as representatives of their countries or governments. They include government officials from contributing and recipient countries, and representatives of humanitarian NGOs and academic experts. They have been carefully selected to reflect geographic and gender balance.


Advisory Group Members 2011 - 2012

Mr. Carlos Eduardo Zaballa
UN - White Helmets Coordinator
White Helmets Commission of Argentina
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Jan Vandemoortele
UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Expert
Mr. Milton Rondó Filho
International Actions to Combat Hunger
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Stephen Salewicz
International Humanitarian Assistance Directorate
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Mr. Hong Zhu
Deputy Director-General
Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs
Ministry of Commerce
Ms. Satu Helinä Lassila 
Senior Advisor
Unit for Humanitarian Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Barges Hamoud Al Barges    
The Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society
Mr. Mohameden Ould Zein      
Head of the Mission for the Coordination of Activities
The Commissariat of Food Security
Ms. Saadatou Mallam Barmou
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Mr. Silvano Langa (Vice-Chair)    
Senior Advisor
Minister of the State Administration
Ms. Biya Han
Korean Overseas International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
Republic of Korea
Ms. Janina Ochojska     
Founder and Head
Brigadier General Abdullah Muhammad Al-Sowaidi 
General Manager/General Coordinator
General Directorate of Civil Defense/Permanent Emergency Committee
Mr. Marius Daniel Dogeanu      
Head of European Affairs
International Assistance and International Relations
Department of Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations
Mr. Mikael Lindvall (Chair)       
Chargé d’Affaires and Minister Counsellor
Embassy of Sweden in Kigali, Rwanda
Mr. Osman Nüvit Bektas     
Department of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management
Ms. Sue Wardell
Conflict, Humanitarian Security, North Africa and Middle-East
Department for International Development (DFID)
United Kingdom
Mr. Jon C. Brause     
Deputy Assistant Administrator
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States