14 February 2011 zichtbaarzijn

During the birth of the newest nation of the world, South Sudan, FSAS consultant Piet van Ommeren is regularly in Juba in South Sudan to do an interim management assignment for ICCO’s Country Office in Sudan. FSAS’ Piet van Ommeren is interim manager for the ICCO Sudan Country Office in Juba, South Sudan. The assignment combines both operational management of the programme and staff, and the development of future scenarios for a continued presence of ICCO in Sudan. Van Ommeren explains: “I took over from the departing manager in early December. I implemented a number of staff changes and am guiding staff in the planning and start up of the 2011 activities.” Special attention is given to a renewed focus in the relations with back donor institutions, to secure new resources for ICCO partner programmes. The FSAS consultant continues: “As a result of the decrease in MFS funding in ICCO, the Juba Office operational efficiency has to be improved considerably. A new office scenario in terms of tasks, size, focus and income generation (among others through service delivery to third parties, renting out premises and structures to third parties and attracting back donor funding) is being developed and implemented.” Since December 2010 Piet van Ommeren has been in Juba twice, each time for a period of two weeks. In between visits to Juba the interim management takes place in The Netherlands. During his Juba visits, Van Ommeren has noticed that there is enthusiasm about the peaceful way the referendum took place and the result it generated: “Now that independence is coming in July there is enormous confidence among the people in the future of the country, although people know that difficult and challenging times lay ahead.” According to Van Ommeren, ICCO Sudan’s Country Office is an important ‘asset’ in the time of the development of South Sudan: “There are very many international NGOs in Juba but only few, among them ICCO, constitute a real intermediate between local NGOs and international and government institutions. This gives ICCO a unique position with back donor institutions and NGO-networks: “Having a country office also allows for on the spot learning and capacity development with ICCO’s ‘young and emerging partner-NGO’s.”

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