11 things to know if Sudan is your next duty station

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 10 November 2015

Students at the Diraige camp in Nyala, South Darfur, smile for the camera. Photo by: Jenny Lei Ravelo / Devex

Accepting a position in a new duty station is an exciting aspect of humanitarian work, with each move offering a different working environment and new challenges. But when there’s little information available to review about living and working in the location of your new post, it can quickly transition from exciting to stressful.

My own recent trip to Sudan began with little more than uncertainties, from transportation and security concerns to the most basic of questions; one of the first things my colleagues asked is how I’d access safe drinking water.

For those wondering, there are a variety of brands selling bottled water in Khartoum. (Local brand Safia is the water brand of choice of most middle class households. You can even find Nestle’s natural sparkling mineral water Perrier in some restaurants and grocery stores).

But I have a feeling your questions about living and working in Sudan extend beyond bottled water. Collected from my own experience as well as humanitarians I encountered on latest trip, here are a few things you should know if you’re eyeing Sudan as your next duty station:

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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