South Sudan, the world's newest nation, is faced with an array of challenging issues which are undermining sustainable development and recovery. Against this background, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office,with the support of the people of Japan, launched a training programme to support South Sudan to promote indigenous capacity development.
The UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme (hereafter called “the Fellowship”), is a six-month-long training programme which focuses on project implementation and development, aiming to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective project management and leadership of 20-25 junior-mid level professionals from public sector, civil society organizations, private sector and academic institutions in South Sudan. Participants, known as Fellows, are trained to be able to identify local needs and national priorities, and successfully design and implement projects to address them in ways that will help shape their nation’s path toward sustainable recovery and development. A special emphasis is placed on methodology and skills development related to leadership and mentoring. The Fellowship aims to develop the capacity of each individual Fellow to be a leader, able to contribute to organizational change within his/her respective ministry or organization.
The Fellowship is being conducted with the support of the Governments of Japan and of the Republic of South Sudan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, South Sudan is the political focal point for the programme and the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, South Sudan is the operational focal point. The inaugural cycle of the Fellowship was officially launched on 22 September 2015 and was successfully completed on 31 March 2016.