Composition of the CRRF Secretariat
The Comprehensive Refugee Response Secretariat is a technical body, which will work with a whole-of-Government approach and perform the task outlines
in the Terms of Reference for the Secretariat approved by the CCRF Steering Group on the 12th of October 2017. While different actors have been welcomed
to second staff to the Secretariat, it is not a representational body.
In line with the agreed ToRs, the Secretariat will support coordinated planning, programming and resourcing of the CRRF roll-out in Uganda and ensure cross
pillar information flow and linkages. In terms of the operational response, it will rely on existing coordination structures, and pursue coherence across the
various structures. Lessons learned will be documented through monitoring and evaluation as well as workshop and studies. The Secretariat will ensure that
statistics, data, assessments and findings relevant to the response is made available to all (for example census and HH surveys, focus group discussions,
beneficiary feedback, various mapping exercises assessments); to advance evidence based decision making. Through provision of technical and analytical
support the Secretariat will assist the Steering Group as well as operational actors to pursue a more robust response. The Secretariat will also be tasked with
producing thematic and policy option papers based on analytical work in regards to emerging challenges and bottlenecks.
To ensure the Uganda experiences feed into the Global Compact on Refugees, the Secretariat will be responsible for collecting and documenting positive
examples and measures of success from the refugee response in Uganda. This includes highlighting how existing policies, the STA, ReHoPE and other initiatives,
such as Education Cannot Wait and other sector specific initiatives in the refugee hosting districts contribute to the overall response. The secretariat will also
identify specific successes, best practices, gaps, constraints and solutions. The Secretariat may also draw on experiences from other CRRF countries.
In addition to the above tasks, the Secretariat will support the Steering Group in the preparation of Steering Group meetings; in organizing different
meetings/workshops/fora and stakeholder gatherings in Uganda to ensure information sharing and encouraging new partnerships. The Secretariat will liaise
with all actors including line Ministries, humanitarian and development partners, the National Partnership Forum, district and local authorities and the
The Secretariat will be headed by a full-time Director, recruited by the Ugandan Government. While the international community will support the Secretariat
through secondment of staff, the majority of Secretariat staff will be recruited by the Government. In addition to the core team, the Secretariat will closely
liaise with and rely on the expertise of other Government entities for specific tasks or functions, feeding into them when necessary. To ensure the Secretariat
is able to support coordinated planning and resourcing, new trust-funds or other funding mechanisms for the refugee response need to link to the CRRF
Secretariat to ensure information flow and avoid duplications in the response. Based on the Steering Group’s priorities and to leverage the different mandates
and expertise of all partners, the Secretariats’ participation in technical working groups may be necessary. The Secretariat will draw on the particular expertise
of a Line Ministry or other Government entities, and members of the Secretariat will continuously liaise with other Government entities, humanitarian and
development actors, private sector and all stakeholders and partners, in order to advance on both day-to-day tasks and specific deliverables.