Secondment Fund Horn of Africa

Project completed

Protracted conflicts in the Horn of Africa, chronic food insecurity and limited access to basic services lead to millions of vulnerable people and forced displacement. The UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UN-OCHA, and ICRC, are key humanitarian partners of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid. The deployment of Swiss experts (secondees) to Swiss (multilateral) partner organisations is a key tool to strengthen the capacity of these agencies to more effectively deliver services to the vulnerable men, women, and children and to enhance their protection.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR

Emergency food assistance
Material relief assistance
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
Water sector policy
01.04.2015 - 31.03.2017
CHF  2’130’000
  • More than 12 million women, men and children in the HoA are food insecure due to limited agricultural/economic productivity, protracted conflicts, and natural disasters.
  • Over 1.5 million persons in the HoA are internally displaced (1.3 Mio. in Somalia).
  • The HoA is also hosting over 2.2 million refugees, as well as hundreds of thousands of migrants with many lacking access to basic services.
  • UN and other (multilateral) organizations are key for basic service delivery to and protection of the most vulnerable.

The overall objective is to safe lives, enhance protection and ensure access of the most vulnerable women, men, and children in the Horn of Africa (refugee’s, IDP’s, migrants, host community) to basic services.

Target groups


  • Key (multilateral) humanitarian agencies



  • The population of the Horn of Africa affected by armed conflict and natural disaster
Medium-term outcomes
  • Response capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of Swiss supported multilateral partner organisations and coordination mechanisms (UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, ICRC, OCHA) in basic service delivery to conflict and emergency affected vulnerable women, men, and children are enhanced
  • Swiss visibility within multilateral organizations and mainstreaming of Swiss priority topics in Swiss supported multilateral organizations is enhanced Deployment of junior Swiss experts (programme vert) to key multilateral organisations relevant to SDC Humanitarian Aid is enhanced in order to maintain and strengthen the SDC internal deployment capacity.

Expected results:  

5-6 secondment deployments a year :

  • Response capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of Swiss supported (multilateral) partner organisations and coordination mechanisms in basic service delivery to conflict and emergency affected vulnerable women, men, and children has improved
  • Mainstreaming of Swiss priority topics/approaches in Swiss supported (multilateral) organizations improved
  • Maintained SDC’s internal deployment capacity through the training of junior Swiss experts (programme vert)

Results from previous phases:  

Previous individual secondment deployments contributed to:  

  • Capacities of UN agencies to deliver basic services to disaster and conflict affected population in emergency situations (Shelter, Water)

  • Protection and DRR mainstreaming mechanisms within WFP operations mainstreamed.

  • Young Swiss experts (secondees) gained relevant working experiences with UN agencies

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Swiss Multi-Bi contributions to ICRC, WFP, UN-OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF
  • UN Joint Programme on Local Governance; UN Joint Health and Nutrition Programme
  • Program Contributions to IOM, FAO
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’130’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’306’625
Project phases

Phase 1 01.04.2015 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)