Humanitarian Coordination Structure

Government/UN and Partners Humanitarian Coordination Meeting

This is the main forum for humanitarian coordination between the Government of Sudan, the United Nations, humanitarian partners and donors. The forum covers all of Sudan. It was set up in May 2012 and meets monthly. Meetings are chaired by the Commissioner General of the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). The forum includes members of HAC, National Intelligence and Security Services, Military Intelligence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For the UN and humanitarian organizations, the forum includes the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA, a UN agency representative (rotating), donors , the INGO Steering Committee, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the Sudan Council of Voluntary Agencies.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator

Working with national and local authorities ensures that international humanitarian response efforts are inclusive and well coordinated. The HC leads the HCT and is supported by OCHA.

The Humanitarian Country Team

This comprises the heads of UN humanitarian agencies, international humanitarian organizations, international NGOs and donor representatives. ICRC, IFRC, MSF and UNAMID have a standing invitation to participate. The HCT provides strategic direction for humanitarian operations carried out by the UN and its partners in Sudan. It ensures, where appropriate, links with recovery and development planning.

The Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG)

This group is for the UN and its partners. It consists of sector lead agencies and focal points for cross-cutting issues. The humanitarian operation in Sudan comprises the following 13 sectors: Coordination and Common Services; Education; Food Security and Livelihoods; Governance, Infrastructure and Economic Recovery; Health; Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications; Mine Action; Non-Food Items and Emergency Shelter; Nutrition; Protection; Refugee Multi-Sector; Returns and Early Reintegration; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. ISGC focuses on the operational implementation of policies and strategies that are agreed by the HCT.

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The United Nations Security Management Team (SMT)

The SMT comprises representatives of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes operating in Sudan. The SMT advises and reports on all security-related matters across Sudan and is responsible for the safety and security of UN personnel and premises in the country. The SMT is also responsible for preparing the UN System Security Plan for Sudan. The SMT also provides advice and support to non-UN international organizations that request it. The SMT system is implemented at both Federal and State level.

The "Saving Lives Together" Project

Linked to the SMT is the "Saving Lives Together" project. This involves UN support in the provision of security services for INGOs in Darfur. The project was initiated in 2006 as a result of a joint needs assessment carried out by UNDSS and OCHA. It aims to enhance the coordination and collaboration between the security networks of the UN system and INGOs operating in Darfur; to establish procedures of timely information sharing; to systematically collect and analyse relevant security information; and to enable joint advocacy on security and safety related issues of common concern. These tasks are performed by dedicated UNDSS Field Security Coordination Officers and INGO Liaison Officers in each of the Darfur States.