The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is guided by its Strategy 2020 which voices its collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in this decade. Its secretariat is organized into business groups, five decentralized zonal offices covering the globe and responsible for frontline delivery through National Societies backed by Geneva headquarters.
The South Sudan office reports to the Eastern Africa Regional Representation Office (EARRO) under the IFRC’s Africa zone secretariat. As at April 2015 the office was staffed by a team of 8 staff, (6 national officers and 2 international staff). It is intended that the team will expand to 9 in the second half of 2015, with the recruitment of one additional international staff member.
A status agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the IFRC has been in place since September 2013, which formally accords the South Sudan Office a distinct status as a humanitarian actor in South Sudan. However, some of the provisions of the agreement have yet to be implemented. The Federation is pursuing this matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. When the provisions of the agreement are fully implemented, there will be opportunities for Partner National Societies (PNS) to engage with the IFRC through service and integration agreement mechanisms.