InterWorks conducted a three-day Tajikistan Refugee Emergency Preparedness Field Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 10-12 April 2018. The exercise supported the overall eCentre mandate to support the UNHCR regional strategy for preparedness for possible refugee emergencies in Central Asia.
The eCentre provided support for UNHCR Tajikistan to develop the concept and scenario for the exercise and carried out facilitation of the preparation stage and implementation of the activity. The initial SIMEX design was prepared in late 2017 through a consultative process with UNHCR Tajikistan, UNHCR Regional Office in collaboration with the Tajik Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) and endorsed by United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan (UNRC).
The exercise represents the latest step of UNHCR Tajikistan’s long-term preparedness plan for the continued review, update and testing the 2016 Inter-Agency Contingency Plan for Refugee Influx. The objective of this SIMEX was to test the current Contingency Plan and increase the level of preparedness and enhance the ability of the in-country humanitarian community to support the Government of Tajikistan in effective refugee emergency response through provision of relief assistance and international protection.
The exercise and “lessons learned” debriefing workshop were successful in focusing attention on the potential for refugee emergencies in Tajikistan and on steps to better test the current interagency contingency plan through a practical field exercise. More than 260 emergency practitioners from Government, UN Agencies, International and local organizations participated in the SIMEX.
… clear approach, excellent collaboration in the field and HQ. Great framing of how things came together and where are gaps remain.– Workshop participant