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SSU Monthly Field Update | January 2017 | #2
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Stabilization Support Unit (SSU)

Monthly update from SSU field offices │ January 2017

Role of SSU

In line with Security Council Resolution 2277 (2016) MONUSCO’s SSU supports the implementation of the revised International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) and related Provincial Stabilization Plans, and leads the coordination and oversight of the ISSSS. The ISSSS is the response of the international community to the Stabilization and Reconstruction Program (STAREC) of the Government of the DRC.
 
The ISSSS Technical Secretariat housed within SSU is in charge of the management of the Stabilization Coherence Fund, the coordination of bilaterally funded programs aligned to the ISSSS, the provision of policy advice and conflict analysis as well as the overall monitoring and evaluation of the ISSSS.
 
Through this monthly bulletin, we provide regular updates on stabilization efforts in the provinces North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri. The intended audience are the section’s main partners including other MONUSCO sections, UNCT and international partners.
 
For more information: Please contact Ms. Anne Sophie Kesselaar (kesselaar@un.org) or Mr. Lambert Wassink (wassink@un.org).

 
Did you miss our first Field Update from December 2016? Click here to open.
Highlights from the field
  • As part of the call for proposal process for the ISSSS Priority Zones all technical evaluation committees have reviewed the project proposals of the pre-selected consortia. The winning consortia of the call for proposal process in each zone will be selected and announced in February/March;
  • SSU and STAREC strengthened their collaboration with the provincial Ministers. In North Kivu, the Minister of Plan was briefed on the implementation status of the stabilization program in Kitshanga. In Ituri, the Minister of Plan expressed her wish to be more involved in the programs in Mambasa and South Irumu and to chair the new provincial stabilization working group;
  • In South Kivu, SSU accompanied the MONUSCO Head of Office and the provincial Ministers of Transport and Interior in a two-day field visit to Shabunda to assess the current security situation and to plan the return of more than 100 demobilized ex-combatants to the area;
  • In follow-up of the external evaluation of the ISSSS pilot projects conducted in Kalehe (South Kivu) and Mambasa (Ituri), the evaluation report was made available and restitutions were organized in Bunia (Ituri), Bukavu (South Kivu) and Goma (North Kivu). SSU and STAREC witnessed strong interest in the evaluation outcomes by provincial and national authorities, donors as well as local and international NGOs and implementing partners;
  • ISSSS interventions in Kitshanga (North Kivu) gained increased visibility. SSU and STAREC participated in a radio/TV interview and presented the key priorities of the Kitshanga program;
  • SSU appointed a new staff member in Ituri. Ms. Ingebjorg Finnbakk (seconded by Norway) has transferred from Goma to Bunia and will be the new provincial coordinator for SSU in Ituri. She will soon be supported with the deployment of additional staff.
SSU is currently looking for two new staff members. Scroll down for details.
Good Offices
 

The reporting period has seen continued advocacy for ISSSS at the provincial level, in strong collaboration with STAREC. In North Kivu, SSU and STAREC briefed the Minister of Plan and International Alert on the implementation status of the Kitshanga program on Democratic Dialogue and responded to outstanding reservations and questions to ensure effective coordination. The meeting was well-perceived from all sides and concluded with a radio/TV interview in which the provincial coordinators of SSU and STAREC and the program manager of International Alert explained the program (see also section on communication).
 
In South Kivu, SSU accompanied the MONUSCO Head of Office and the provincial Ministers of Transport and Interior in a fieldtrip to Shabunda to assess the current security situation and the impact of the return of more than 100 demobilized ex-combatants in the area. Communities highly appreciated the community dialogue initiative conducted by the local NGO Action pour la Paix et la Concorde. In order to sustain the current peaceful environment in Shabunda, it was agreed to rehabilitate the Shabunda vocational center and to provide additional funding to complete a market project.
 
In Ituri, SSU and STAREC met with the Provincial Minister of Plan to discuss the collaboration between the Secretariat of the Stabilization Coherence Fund and the Ministry. The Minister expressed her wish to be more involved in the programs in Mambasa and South Irumu and to chair the new provincial stabilization working group. SSU and STAREC also shared the key priorities for the coming period with the Governor who showed strong support and stressed the importance of Governance engagement.

 

Click here for an updated map of the ISSSS Priority Zones in Eastern DRC.
Policy Advice
 

In terms of policy advice, SSU offices continued providing strategic advice at field office level about how Quick Impact projects and Community Violence Reduction projects can be used to reinforce ISSSS programming in Priority Zones and other locations where the ISSSS is operational. SSU North Kivu facilitated the monthly coordination meeting on Quick Impact Projects in Goma and liaised with the Project Management Unit to provide information about the implementation progress, problematic projects, and the monitoring and development of new projects. As most of the projects are linked to stabilization, effective implementation and coordination of these projects will benefit ISSSS programming.

 

In addition, SSU North Kivu and MONUSCO’s Civil Affairs Section started the preparation of the training program for the formation of Territorial Stabilization Offices (former Islands of Stability) which will support the implementation of ISSSS programs.

Program and Fund Management
 

All three field offices continued working on the call for proposals for the allocation of 16.5 million USD of the Stabilization Coherence Fund. In each province, the technical evaluation committees have reviewed the project proposals of the pre-selected consortia and shared written and verbal feedback with the potential partners. The winning consortia of the call for proposal process in each zone will be selected and announced in February/March.

 

With regard to the International Alert/Pole Institute project in Kitshanga, approved under the first call for proposals process launched in December 2015, a planning meeting was held with International Alert to agree on next steps for the inception phase. This was followed by a meeting between International Alert and the Minister of Planning described above. The meeting enabled SSU and International Alert to expedite the inception phase and the launch of program planned for March.

 

Following the external evaluation of the ISSSS pilot projects in Kalehe (South Kivu) and Mambasa (Ituri) conducted at the end of 2016, restitutions were organized in Bunia (Ituri), Bukavu (South Kivu) and Goma (North Kivu). SSU and STAREC witnessed strong interest in the evaluation outcomes by provincial and national authorities, donors as well as local and international NGOs and implementing partners. The evaluation demonstrated the need for strengthened coordination between implementing partners and increased financial oversight. The Provincial Technical Secretariats, with the support of the Stabilization Coherence Fund cell and the ISSSS M&E cell have already started consultations with implementing partners to design a management response which will address the recommendations during the second phase. This will allow partners to capitalize on the results of the pilot phase and implement an exit strategy to ensure the durability of stabilization interventions.
 

Click here for the main outcomes and recommendations of the external evalution of the two ISSSS pilot projects in Kalehe and Mambasa (in French).
Coordination of ISSSS implementation
 

The field offices further invested efforts to improve the coordination of ISSSS programs. In Ituri, the coordination of dialogue interventions is improved thanks to a strong collaboration with MONUSCO’s Civil Affairs Section (CAS). As part of their collaboration, SSU and CAS will elaborate a joint work plan will organize a workshop on democratic dialogue with support from SSU HQ. SSU Ituri also strengthened their collaboration with the MONUSCO Intervention Brigade to ensure a better coordination of the implementation of the ISSSS and related interventions. SSU presented to the Force Commander the ISSSS approach and discussed opportunities for better collaboration between the Intervention Brigade and civilian components. A joint field mission between SSU/STAREC and the Force will be planned soon.
 
To improve the coordination with UN Agencies and NGOs, SSU North Kivu briefed the Provincial Inter-Agency Committee (CPIA), a strategic humanitarian coordination body at the provincial level, on the Stabilization Coherence Fund and explained how NGOs can present projects proposals. Furthermore, offices in Ituri and North Kivu started preparing the set-up of a Stabilization Working Group to coordinate the stabilization interventions of (I)NGOs, UN Agencies and the government in the ISSSS Priority Zones.
 
In addition, a meeting with the implementing partners of the Consortium pour la Stabilisation intégrée et la Paix à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (CISPE) was held to finalize the alignment process for their project on security and the restoration of state authority in Ituri and North Kivu.

Strategic Communication on ISSSS

Both SSU and STAREC invested in outreach and communication on ISSSS. In North Kivu, colleagues were interviewed by the Congolese TV and radio after a meeting with the Minister of Plan. It provided SSU and STAREC a good opportunity to explain and promote the different programs. Furthermore, SSU and STAREC participated in several field missions enabling them to gain visibility towards government entities at territorial level, for example in Masisi and Rutshuru (North Kivu), and local level where interventions are taking place.
 
The ISSSS annual report of 2016 is ready and will be published soon!
Other business

SSU is currently looking for two new staff members to fill the position of Gender Advisor in Goma (P3 funded by NORDEM) and the position of Stabilization Coordinator Officer in Bunia (P3). We encourage interested candidates to apply. See links below for more information.

Gender Advisor (P3)

Stabilization Coordination Officer (P3) (closing date 22 February)






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