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Header photo: Congolese refugee Moses Rudacumura, 93, outside his home in Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda. He has benefited from the disabled access WASH facilities constructed under the guidance of RedR deployee Val Tarasov. Photo: Shaban Masengesho. 

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Structural engineer Val Tarasov never imagined he would celebrate his 60th birthday in a refugee camp in Africa, but that’s what happened this year.

Val was deployed to Rwanda to support tens of thousands of refugees who have fled violence in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

RedR deployee Val Tarasov inspects a water source at the Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda. Photo: RedR Australia/Shaban Masengesho.

Since violence erupted in Burundi in April last year, more than a quarter of a million refugees have fled and 75,000 of them are in Rwanda, where Val is working hard to ensure they have access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

You can read more about Val's work here.

Women Vital to Food Security in PNG

Women produce up to 80% of the food grown in Papua New Guinea and play a key role in the country’s food security according to RedR Australia food security expert and deployee Emma Coll.

Deployed to support the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in Port Moresby, following the El Niño induced drought, Emma is working to enhance the mainstreaming of gender considerations into the government's disaster recovery planning.

You can read more about her work here.

Emma teaches FAO colleague Miriam Mondia how to use a GPS to map and measure the size of a plot of land that will be used to multiply planting materials. Photo: FAO/ Farshad Tami.

Integrated Australian Civilian Deployment Capability

The Australian Government currently draws upon two civilian deployable capabilities to meet Australia’s humanitarian and development commitments: firstly, through a partnership with RedR Australia, an important UN Standby Partner; and secondly, through DFAT’s direct management of the Australian Civilian Corps (ACC). DFAT and RedR are currently exploring opportunities to integrate these two mechanisms in order to effectively and efficiently deliver Australia’s humanitarian and development commitments via one mechanism, managed by RedR Australia
Integrating the two capabilities promises to expand the global reach of Australia’s humanitarian efforts, deliver policy efficiencies via strategic alignment of deployment streams, reduce the number of service providers, deepen the pool of humanitarian experts, avoid duplication, produce greater management and administrative efficiencies; and, importantly, achieve one globally recognised brand. The integrated capability will offer wider deployment opportunities to roster members, through the United Nations Standby Partnership Programme, other humanitarian agencies, Governments, I/NGOs, NDMOs and authorities at country level.  We envisage that the commencement of this new capability will be on 1 July 2017.

RMIT Scholarships

We continue to build on our partnership and engagement with RMIT University and, in early September, provided training to students in Humanitarian Emergency Assessments, Codes and Standards and Protection as part of an elective unit in Humanitarian Practice. Students who completed the unit are eligible to apply for one of RMIT’s five humanitarian practice grants to be used to complete one of RedR Australia’s courses, for which they gain credit towards their degrees.

The first student to benefit will join our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies course in October. RMIT”s School of Global Studies signed a partnership agreement with RedR last year that enables postgraduate students to study WASH, our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice or Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies and gain credit towards their degrees.
RMIT University has also offered four full fee scholarships to RedR Australia for postgraduate studies in a field that furthers humanitarian practice. The scholarships will support field research that improves humanitarian practice. RedR Australia will make the scholarships available to our staff and eligible roster members, volunteers and associate trainers. Eligibility and selection criteria for studies in 2017 and 2018 will be made available on our website shortly.


From the office

RedR presents at International VET Conference in Fiji

Our Partnerships Director Emma Kettle and RTO Manager Wendy Cato delivered a presentation on “Maximizing opportunities in workforce development for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Pacific Region” at the annual conference for the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) held in Suva, Fiji in August. More than 200 overseas delegates from 40 countries attended and heard how RedR can assist local and international NGOs gain accreditation for the staff training they deliver during humanitarian crisis.


New Staff

RedR welcomed several new staff this quarter including Gemma Gray and senior humanitarian trainer, Jessica Hazelwood to the humanitarian training team and Zead Mahmood and Michael Bartura to our Registered Training Organisation (RTO). 

Utilizing her background in law and health, Jessica has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in complex humanitarian emergencies and conflict zones including Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. She has a Masters degree in law and a PhD from King’s College in London. Gemma, an urban planning graduate from the University of Melbourne, has joined our training team as a programme officer.

Originally from Bangladesh, Zead recently completed an MBA in the US and worked at Deakin University before joining our RTO as the compliance and administration officer. Michael is our new client liaison officer and has worked in business and organisational development for humanitarian, educational and environmental players in the not-for-profit sector and holds a Masters degree in Management. 

Left to right: Zead Mahmood , Gemma Gray, Michael Bartura and Jessica Hazelwood


Join Us and Recruit our Roster Members

We are currently recruiting a Human Resources and Recruitment Adviser for our International Emergency Response team. The successful candidate will lead end to end recruitment for our humanitarian roster and the matching of roster members to recruitment requests from our United Nations partners. This is a full time one year fixed term position. For more information click here

Training the Global WASH Cluster

RedR Australia supported RedR UK and RedR India in the design and delivery of Leadership and Coordination training that was requested by UNICEF for the Global WASH Cluster. Our associate trainer, Kathryn Harries, co-facilitated the training in Nepal in July and the Philippines  in August. The training will also be delivered in each of the regional cluster hubs in Western Africa, Southern Africa and Latin America. Bilingual RedR Australia associate trainers Daniel Ervin and Victor Tapia will co-facilitate the training in French in Cameroon and in Spanish in Peru, next month.

Simulating a Crisis for Australian Government Training

Our expertise in crisis simulation training is increasingly sought after by international NGOs and Governments for their staff. After designing and delivering simulation exercises for Oxfam Australia and TEAR Fund, we designed a four day simulation  for members of the Crisis Response Team at the Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra.

DFAT staff practiced their crisis response skills in a fictitious Pacific Island nation that had been struck by a cyclone. Participants were appointed to one of two teams that worked in a 48 hour shift over the four days. We will be running a simulation for Australian Embassy staff in Hanoi in November.


From the Field

Bernard Chomilier

RedR logistics expert Bernard Chomilier has been instrumental in implementing logistics capacity building in the Asia Pacific for the World Food Programme this year.  He was deployed to WFP’s regional bureau in Thailand to lead the development of emergency logistics training programs for Governments and WFP partners across the region and has trained people in Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia and the Philippines. 
Read more about his work here.

RedR Australia logisticians Bernard Chomilier (right) and Tony Goodrick discuss WFP's school feeding program with local staff and a school principal in Bhutan.

Danielle Brunton

Humanitarian Danielle Brunton takes an armoured car to work each day but it doesn’t stop her going to some of the world’s hot spots and sharing her expertise in water and sanitation engineering.

“Last year, I was in Khartoum (Sudan) and my family was stressed. This year, I was supposed to be based in Syria but that got cancelled due to security concerns so I think in comparison my family think that Gaza is better and they are relatively calm about it,” Danielle said.

Here she shares more thoughts on her work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Danielle Brunton inspects equipment at the commissioning and testing of of a UNICEF project involving the reconstruction of three damaged wells.


Current field activity
31 in the field specialising in:

  • Child Protection
  • Civil Military Coordination
  • Education in Emergencies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Emergency Coordination
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Food Security
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Gender
  • Information Management
  • Logistics and Warehousing
  • Project Management
  • Protection
  • Psycho-social support
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

in 21 countries:

  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Upcoming training courses

Mentoring in the Workplace
25 Nov

Presentations with Punch
24 Nov

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
9 - 14 Nov2016
8 - 13 Feb 2017
19 - 23 April 2017

Personal Safety, Security & Communications
17 - 20 Nov (fully booked)
16 - 19 Feb 2017
27 - 30 April 2017
Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies
17 - 22 Oct (fully booked)

Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies
8 - 14 October

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