The Humanitarian, Protection Strategy Coordination Division (HPS) is UNAMID’s main link with the humanitarian community. The issues they work on range range from information-sharing to facilitation and support in the provision of humanitarian assistance. The division develops policies relating to the protection of civilians and facilitates the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. It is the custodian of UNAMID’s Protection of Civilian strategy.
HPS is the forefront of UNAMID’s actions to help Darfur make the transition from conflict to recovery and development. It supports the United Nations country team in recovery activities. It establishes and maintains dialogue and coordination between the UNAMID military and police components and the humanitarian community, ensuring the exchange of information about ongoing humanitarian and military activities and issues relating to their respective mandates, deployments and operations. It advocates for humanitarian issues throughout the peacekeeping mission. HPS is represented at the Joint Verification Mechanism, UN country team, donor meetings and other humanitarian fora vital to UNAMID operations.
• Liaison and information exchange between UNAMID and the humanitarian community
• Development of policies relating to the protection of civilians
• Civil-Military liaison, including training, medical evacuations and facilitation of humanitarian escorts
• Monitoring welfare of IDPs in camps and support for their return and recovery
• Representation with donors
• Opening access to conflict-affected areas for humanitarian assistance (Operation Spring Basket, May-Aug 2011)
• Delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance
• Development of recovery activities in support of and in coordination with the UN Country Team
• Support for implementation of UNSCR 1325, 1820 and 1960 on gender-related issues
• Support for UNAMID’s HIV/AIDS programmes