The presence of the UN Mission since 2014 has helped save many lives and greatly improved conditions for the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country where approximately 40% of the population is dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive, according to OCHA.
The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) was established in 2011 and since the outbreak of conflict in 2013 its mandate has evolved to include the protection of civilians the monitoring and investigating of human rights abuses, support to the South Sudanese–led peace process and support for the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance. Some 440 UN Volunteers, such as myself, are on location supporting mission objectives and assisting local communities.
My name is Henry Tambade (Zimbabwe). I am an international UN Volunteer stationed in Monrovia, serving as Corrections Training Officer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since September 2013. I have a degree in Adult Education which I obtained from the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe in 2010. I also have a diploma in the same field obtained in 2005 from the University of Zimbabwe.
Mi nombre es Henry Tambade (Zimbabwe). Soy Voluntario de las Naciones Unidas internacional afincado en Monrovia, y trabajo como Oficial Penitenciario de Capacitación con la Misión de Naciones Unidas en Liberia (UNMIL) desde septiembre de 2013. Me gradué en Educación para Adultos por la Midlands State University de Zimbabwe en 2010. También tengo un diploma en el mismo campo obtenido en 2005 por la Universidad de Zimbabwe.
As UNV Programme Manager in South Sudan, it is my privilege to support and follow the work that over 440 UN Volunteers carry out in their daily activities across 10 different states. Their efforts and contributions play an integral role in carrying out the mandate of UNMISS, namely protecting civilians, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance, reporting human rights abuses and supporting the implementation of the peace agreement.
Como Director de programa del programa VNU en Sudán del Sur, es un privilegio apoyar y supervisar el trabajo que más de 440 Voluntarios de la ONU llevan a cabo en sus actividades diarias en 10 estados diferentes. Sus esfuerzos y contribuciones juegan un papel fundamental para desempeñar el mandato de UNMISS, principalmente al proteger a los civiles, facilitar el envío de asistencia humanitaria, denunciar los abusos de los derechos humanos y apoyar la implementación de los acuerdos de paz.
UN Volunteers serve throughout UNAMID’s operations covering the vast Darfur region (approximately equivalent to the size of France). The environment is characterized by harsh conditions with extremely high temperatures, driving sand storms, and limited or non-existent local support mechanisms. Despite these challenges, UNAIMD successfully established a network of facilities and infrastructure in Darfur, including in remote deep-field locations, to support and achieve the mission’s Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding mandate.
Los Voluntarios de la ONU sirven en todas las operaciones de la UNAMID que cubren la vasta región de Darfur (aproximadamente equivalente al tamaño de Francia). El medio ambiente se caracteriza por condiciones severas con temperaturas extremadamente altas, lluvias de arena torrenciales y mecanismos de apoyo locales limitados o inexistentes.
According to UN sources, more than five million Somalis—representing nearly half of the population—need immediate humanitarian assistance. Nearly one in five across the country were forced to abandon their home, with half of them seeking refuge abroad. With failing crops for a third consecutive year, these numbers could continue to climb. To many abroad, there is little apparent hope in the foreseeable future for the Horn of Africa. The scene in Mogadishu however suggests a shift is happening.
I was looking at the UNV Bangladesh Facebook page when I noticed that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh was looking for a UN Volunteer to serve as Research Assistant to work on daily media briefings, data entry and standardization, and drafting policy briefs for the Democratic Governance Cluster. Their needs tied directly to my interests and areas of expertise. When UNV contacted me, it was indeed a remarkable day.