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Header photo: RedR Australia deployee Mel Schmidt seeks advice from locals about damage caused by the second earthquake in Singati village, Nepal. Photo: Mel Schmidt/RedR deployee


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Nepal response update

Over a period of two weeks, Nepal was hit by two devastating earthquakes. The first earthquake struck on 25 April, registering a 7.8 on the Richter scale. The second earthquake measured a magnitude of 7.3 and hit Nepal on 12 May. In response to the grave humanitarian emergency facing Nepal, RedR has sent 11 register members as surge capacity with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

RedR deployees are currently working in the areas of logistics, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), gender based violence prevention coordination, civil-military coordination, humanitarian affairs and communications.

Two RedR office staff traveled to Nepal to undertake a monitoring and evaluation trip in late May. They explored a number of different provinces to view the extent of the emergency. Their time was spent meeting staff from UN agencies, meeting with and observing deployees while in the field, speaking with locals about the effectiveness of the response, meeting a number of the clusters and with members of RedR India about the nature of the response.

Stay updated with our efforts in Nepal on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


RedR deployee Tai Ring Teh monitoring water supply at an IDP camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Tai Ring Teh/RedR deployee
 

Vanuatu response update

At the beginning of cyclone season, RedR Australia had 6 deployees pre-positioned throughout the Pacific region to assist with natural disasters, with 3 deployees in Vanuatu. This proved prudent when Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu with 300 km/h winds in mid-March. RedR has sent 16 deployees to assist in the humanitarian response over the past two months. 12 deployees currently remain in Vanuatu.

RedR deployees in Vanuatu have filled roles in the areas of humanitarian civil-military coordination, emergency logistics, emergency nutrition, public information/communications, food security, logistics, assessment, protection, WASH, field monitoring and programme officer. These deployees have been working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), OCHA, FAO, UNICEF, and IOM. A small number of deployees were also seconded to the United Nations Disaster and Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) office and the Vanuatu Natural Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

RedR Australia's CEO Kirsten Sayers traveled to Vanuatu for a monitoring and evaluation trip at the end of March to assess the work and impact of RedR's deployees in the emergency stage of the response. Kirsten spent her time meeting deployees, staff from a variety of UN agencies and village chiefs.

Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, Deputy Head of Office at UN OCHA Asia Pacific spoke with Kirsten and highlighted the importance of the work by RedR deployees in a variety of humanitarian responses across the Asia-Pacific region.

"I've seen RedR now in the Philippines with the Haiyan response, and in the Philippines with the Bohol response. I've seen RedR support us where we needed help, to get the right people fast into the teams we've fielded, and make a real difference," said Sebastian.

A second monitoring and evaluation trip was undertaken by two RedR office staff in early June. The aim of this trip was to assess the impact of the work by RedR deployees after the emergency phase of the response had ceased, and Vanuatu started to move into the rebuilding phase.


RedR CEO Kirsten Sayers and deployees Joelene Waters and Emma Coll in Vanuatu. Credit Steen Rees
 

Joint Information Management Training (JIMT) for Standby Partners

RedR Australia hosted the second iteration of the JIMT capacity development training course for standby partners in Bangkok, Thailand from 17-23 April 2015. RedR Australia's Director of Operations Drasko Kraguljac and associate trainer Paul Bolger were the RedR representatives in Bangkok. This course was run in collaboration with UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA, WFP, ACAPS and Save the Children - education cluster. 24 participants from 9 Standby Partnership organisations attended this course, including 6 RedR register members.

This training was a key opportunity to understand the basic skills required for deployees to perform effectively as information management officers, as this is a commonly sought profile for surge deployments. More specifically, the objective was to enhance the capacity of RedR Australia Register members to work in the field as information management officers, work with information officers in the delivery of humanitarian response, and develop and deliver an information management course for RedR members and the Australian humanitarian sector, in partnership with the standby partner training secretariat and standby partners. 

From the office

Personal Safety, Security and Communication Course with University of Melbourne students

The April Personal Safety, Security and Communications (PSSC) was the first PSSC run in partnership with the University of Melbourne. Students from the Masters of Development Studies and the Masters of International Relations had the opportunity to undertake the intensive subject 'Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places', which involved participating in the PSSC course. 17 University of Melbourne students and 18 participants from a variety of NGO's and other organisations took part in the course, giving the students the perfect opportunity to not only learn how to ensure their safety while in the field, but to network and develop connections with those working in the humanitarian sector. The course was so well received by the students that the next PSSC in August will also be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne.
 

Participants at the PSSC in Dookie. Photo: RedR Australia
 

RedR and CDU Operational Planning Exercise

RedR Australia and Charles Darwin University (CDU) have come together in partnership in the delivery of the intensive subject 'First Humanitarian Mission Project' for CDU students in Darwin. RedR trainers will fly up to Darwin to assist in the delivery of the subject.

The main aim of this subject is to provide students with the theory needed to take part in the logistical management of a simulated humanitarian disaster event, otherwise known as the Operational Planning Exercise (OPE). The OPE is a full day field simulation that immerses the students in the fictitious nation of Sebedoh. The OPE, which will be taking place on 18 June, will provide students with the opportunity to experience field planning and coordination, while gaining insight into the complex, high pressure environment that comes with being a humanitarian worker in the field.


RedR's Second Cert IV Course

RedR Australia's RTO team has successfully delivered its second TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment last month in North Melbourne. RedR's TAE40110 Cert IV teaches participants the skills to deliver training and assessment services in any vocational education and training setting. Feedback for the course was overwhelmingly positive, and the RTO team are looking forward to delivering the next course in August at Charles Darwin University, Melbourne.

From the field

Axelle Chazal

Currently a UNICEF Field Monitor in Vanuatu, Axelle Chazal is on her first deployment with RedR Australia. Communities are rebuilding in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam and as a Field Monitor, Axelle and the field monitoring team are focused on assisting the UNICEF relief programmes track and monitor the distribution of aid and relief to people in need. In this article, Axelle has reflected on her time thus far in Vanuatu, on the participatory approach needed for field monitoring activities and how greatly Vanuatu communities have recovered in the time that she has been there.


The UNICEF field monitoring team - Brenda, Nina, Catriona, Sarafina, Axelle, Lauren, David and Bella heading to Tanna Island. Photo: Axelle Chazal/RedR deployee
 

Anna-Marie Schopp

January 2014 saw the beginning of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. This disease would engulf West Africa and gain international attention as it erupted in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia before spreading to a small number of Western countries. It would take an international coordinated response to combat this deadly disease and halt the rise in cases and fatalities, which hit fever pitch in September – December of last year. First time RedR deployee Anna-Marie Schopp has recently returned from Liberia, West Africa where she was Training Coordinator for both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). She was tasked primarily with ensuring that health care workers who were returning to reopened hospitals and clinics were able to work effectively and safely. Anna-Marie has written about her experiences and role in Liberia - have a read of her story here.


Pippa Haughton

RedR Communications Advisor Pippa Haughton has been seconded to the World Health Organization (WHO) as the Communications Officer in Guinea. She has had the opportunity to write about citizens of Guinea and how the Ebola outbreak has affected their lives. Click here to read her story about Dr Diallo Thierno Souleymanem, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, who tested positive for Ebola. 


Pippa disinfecting her shoes before entering Donka hospital in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: Pippa Haughton/RedR deployee

Current field activity
42 in the field specialising in:

  • emergency logistics
  • protection
  • WASH information management
  • communications with communities
  • humanitarian affairs
  • supply
  • child protection
  • reporting
  • civil-military coordination
  • information management and report officer
  • information communication technologies
  • communications
  • field security
  • communications and reporting
  • gender based violence coordination
  • logistics
  • WASH
  • public health
  • field monitoring
  • assessment
  • food security and agriculture cluster coordination
  • head of field office
  • humanitarian affairs protection
  • electrical engineering
  • reporting/programme officer



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Ethiopia
Fiji

Nigeria
Bangladesh
Indonesia
Laos
Nepal

Jordan (for Syria & Yemen)
Marshall Islands

Italy
Switzerland
Sierra Leone
Turkey
Uganda
Vanuatu
Guinea
Liberia

Upcoming training courses


Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
10 - 15 Sept
12 - 17 Nov

Personal Safety, Security & Communications
13 - 16 August
17 - 20 Sept
19 - 22 Nov
 
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
10 - 15 August

Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies
12 - 18 October

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