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Left to right: RedR deployees Mohamed Ugool, Peter Grzic and Dale Potter at the UNOCHA office in Suva, Fiji

RedR Australia's Fiji Response

RedR deployees are working hard to support the relief effort and survivors of Cyclone Winston, following the most severe cyclone ever to hit the island nation.

Peter Grzic, Mohamed Ugool and Dale Potter are with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs assisting with the coordination of the relief effort and the use of military assets to help transport humanitarian relief across the islands. Kate Learmonth is supporting UNICEF to communicate with disaster-affected communities. GIS mapping and information management expert Paul Jaskierniak has joined the World Health Organisation to map vital information on health risks. ICT expert Warren Keen is working with the World Food Programme and logistician Dominic O'Dwyer and engineer Christopher Withington have joined the International Organisation for Migration to help distribute shelter relief items and assist with the rebuild. You can read more about their work here.

A category 5 cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji's islands on 20th and 21st February this year. Packing winds of 230km per hour and gusts up to 325kmph, it devastated many regions in the east and affected 350,000 people. In some villages, 100% of the houses were destroyed. 

We'd like to send more experts to support the response. If you would like to support us, please donate to our Fiji Appeal.
Left to right: DFAT Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Jamie Isbister, RedR deployee Dale Potter, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and RedR CEO Kirsten Sayers in Suva, Fiji.

Celebrating International Women's Day

Our CEO, Kirsten Sayers, showcased RedR Australia's impact in assisting women and children in humanitarian emergency responses at an International Women's Day lunch in Melbourne hosted by our probono legal advisor Maddocks.
Kirsten articulated the impact of RedR Australia's partnerships and collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women and 110 women heard how our people are making a difference to the lives of women and girls during major emergencies. The lunch also raised donations for our Fiji Appeal.
      Photo: Kirsten Sayers with Maddocks partner James Smart

Wear Red for RedR Day

Our supporters raised more than $12,700 through Wear Red for RedR Day events this year. Laing O'Rourke topped the leader table with $2,750 raised from their offices Australia wide. The biggest individual fundraisers were Coral Classon, who held a morning tea, and Aline Riche whose "Bake for Good" campaign kept Aline busy in her kitchen! Both raised almost $1,000 to support our work. We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who made a big effort to support us this year and for sending us great photos of your team's efforts.

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW)

RedR Australia CEO, Kirsten Sayers, and Operations Director, Drasko Kraguljac participated in the HNPW in Geneva in February. This is the annual event of the Consultative Group for Emergency Preparedness and Response, which was established in 2014. The Consultative Group brings together humanitarian networks and partnerships with the aim of developing sustainable solutions to recurring, cross-cutting issues in emergency preparedness and response. Kirsten participated in a civil-military panel focused on using the diplomatic approach to gain access for humanitarian aid during international emergencies. Kirsten and UNOCHA's Zola Dowell co-chaired the UN Standby Partnership session and Drasko co-facilitated one of the focus sessions on the UN Standby consultations.
       Photo: Kirsten Sayers on the panel in Geneva

From the office


MOU signed with Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office

RedR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vanuatu Government’s National Disaster Management Office last month which will see us provide surge support direct to this NDMO in future emergencies. This is the first partnership we’ve established to provide support directly to a foreign government and complements our partnerships with eight United Nations agencies.


We received a record 178 applications to our humanitarian roster when the latest round of applications closed this month. Early indications are that we have attracted applicants with skills in our targeted areas and from several of our target countries. If you missed this round, the next one is likely to be in 2017. Check our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on our next application round.

International Crisis Management

Our training team delivered a workshop on International Crisis Management for 25 TEAR Australia staff this month. The workshop included a range of role play scenarios that enabled them to test their systems and processes for crisis management and identify gaps and areas that need to be strengthened.

Personal Safety, Security and Communication Course 

Staff from the World Food Programme, Save the Children Australia, the Australian Red Cross, the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CBM Australia and Pioneers Australia were amongst 18 participants who joined our February course.

Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies

Our annual Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies (HLE) course attracted participants from Papua New Guinea and Save the Children in Pakistan as well as the Royal Australian Air Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a range of private sector companies. The course was really well received and participants learned all aspects of logistics in humanitarian settings including warehousing, transport, customs, air operations, procurement, etc. 

Due to a record number of cancellations as a result of Cyclone Winston in Fiji, we will be running another HLE in October this year so keep an eye out.

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice

The World Food Programme, Danish Refugee Council and the Australian Red Cross were among international agencies that sent participants to our February EHP course. Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also sent staff to learn about humanitarian emergencies, the United Nations cluster system and how to operate most effectively during an international crisis.

RedR's new partnership with RMIT 

RMIT University is now offering our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, WASH in Emergencies and Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies courses as elective subjects for students of their Development Studies degree. Students will be accredited units for participation in these courses.

Registered Training Organisation 

We launched our first Certificate IV in TAE Training and Assessment course for 2016, which was customised for the humanitarian sector.  The course offers the 10 accredited units in three clusters of design, delivery and assessment and was well received by participants.  All our RTO training is conducted at Engineers Australia, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne.  We offer Recognition for Prior Learning.

Upcoming Training Courses:

  • April 13-15: Assessment cluster for the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • April 21-24: Training Essentials, a course for those who want to design and deliver training
  • May 12: Presentations with Punch, a course for those that want to brush up on presentation/public speaking skills
  • May 26-27: Design cluster for the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • June 16: Workplace Mentoring, a course for those who mentor interns, staff or others
  • June 22-24: Delivery cluster for the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

RedR Australia Financial membership

You don't need to deploy with RedR Australia to support humanitarian missions to relieve suffering and disaster. You can become a financial member of RedR Australia and your membership fee helps us provide competent and committed personnel to where they are needed most.

Financial members receive our quarterly RedLetter newsletter, can sign up for regular updates on our work through Facebook and Twitter, and know that they are supporting our work.

Membership is $33 (including GST) annually for Australian residents and $30 for non-Australian residents. You can download the membership form here and complete the credit card details or join or renew your membership by:

Bank transfer
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Bank: Bendigo Bank – Strathmore Community Bank

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From the field


UNFPA in Myanmar

Floods and landslides throughout July and August 2015 affected more than 1.6 million people in Myanmar. Close to 390,000 households were displaced and over 900,000 acres of farmland damaged.
RedR and UNFPA strengthened their partnership with a joint response to the floods when RedR deployed three experts to the agency including sexual and reproductive health specialist, Dr Robyn Drysdale and two Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention experts. Robyn discusses why food, shelter and dignity kits are important in emergencies in this article and Karyn Sasella talks about the GBV training she provided here.

Robyn delivers a Clean Delivery kit in Myanmar. Photo: Robyn Drysdale/RedR Australia

Logisticians Saving Lives in Ethiopia

Providing advice on the packaging of nutritional supplements for children in drought stricken Ethiopia, developing distribution plans for lifesaving medical equipment during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and procuring Dignity Kits for female refugees arriving in Greece are just some of the tasks RedR Australia’s logistics experts undertake in the course of a normal work day. In this article, we find out how our logisticians are saving lives in Ethiopia.

Patrick Adler (far left) and Hayden Pickering (far right) talk logistics in Ethiopia. Photo: Hayden Pickering/RedR Australia

Responding to the European Migrant and Refugee Crisis

Megan Wieczorek was deployed as a child protection specialist for UNICEF's emergency response to the refugee and migrant crisis in Slovenia. She arrived in December last year and the following month, UNICEF began its operation in a transit centre on the border of Slovenia and Croatia. Here she updates us on the crisis.

                                      Megan plays with a child in UNICEF's Child Friendly Space

Meanwhile, Victor Tapia is on the Greek Island of Samos, one of the many that refugees are arriving on after travelling by boat from Turkey. An experienced site planner, he is assisting UNHCR to plan transit and reception centres for an ever expanding population. In this article, Victor shares his own experience of fleeing Chile's Pinochet regime and how that gives him empathy in his work for RedR.

Current field activity
31 specialists in the field:

  • accountability in affected populations
  • cash-based transfer programmes
  • child survival and development
  • civil-military coordination
  • communication for development
  • communications with communities
  • desalination
  • education in emergencies
  • emergency preparedness
  • environmental consultancy
  • health cluster coordination
  • humanitarian affairs
  • hydrogeologist
  • information analysis and reporting
  • information & communication technology
  • information & data management
  • logistics
  • logistical capacity development
  • partnerships
  • physical site planner
  • psychosocial
  • reporting & programmes
  • resource mobilisation
  • supply & logistics
  • water, sanitation & hygiene

in 17 countries:

  • Central African Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ethiopia
  • Italy
  • Fiji
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • Vanuatu

Upcoming training courses

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
27 April - 2 May
8 June - 13 June
3 August - 8 August
7 September - 12 September

9 November - 14 November
Personal Safety, Security & Communications
7 April - 10 April
16 June - 19 June
15 September - 18 September
17 November - 20 November
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in Emergencies
8 October - 14 October
Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies
17 October - 22 October

Donate to RedR Australia

We have been helping communities impacted by humanitarian crises for over 20 years. Thanks to your support, we’ve prepared, deployed and supported hundreds of skilled people to work in the world’s toughest places.

By making a regular or one-off donation to RedR Australia, your generosity helps to build our capacity, flexibility and independence to support international emergency relief efforts.

We also invite new corporate partners to join us in our humanitarian work. Partners support our work in a variety of ways: through sponsorship, technical expertise and advice, and volunteer engagement. Contact Emma Kettle for more information on how your organisation can help us make a difference.

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