- Michael Hill
- Senior Writer
- Tom Price
- Senior Communications Manager
- Title: CRS South Sudan Country Representative
- Areas of Expertise: South Sudan, emergency response, conflict early warning, disaster relief, education, peacebuilding and community development
- Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
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In his role as Catholic Relief Services' South Sudan Country Representative, Andrew Rosauer oversees comprehensive programming that integrates traditional humanitarian work with a direct peacebuilding approach. This unique method helps to address underlying sources of conflict and uses development as a means of promoting peace in a country that has seen more than 50 years of intermittent war.
In the lead up to South Sudan's historic referendum in January 2011, Mr. Rosauer's team worked through the Church and local partners to not only educate South Sudanese about the electoral process but to use it as an interfaith and multi-lingual platform to promote peace and unity. His team also worked with partners in developing disaster preparedness plans and training local youth and church leaders to respond to emergencies in communities across South Sudan. This approach proved particularly effective in responding to the influx of returnees flooding South Sudan in the lead up to the country's independence and when conflict erupted in the border area of Abyei.
Under Mr. Rosauer's supervision, the CRS South Sudan team recently launched a $54 million, 3-year food security program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that targets nearly 150,000 vulnerable households in eight counties in Jonglei State. The program will address issues of hunger and limited infrastructure by providing food in exchange for recovery projects. It will also teach business and agriculture skills to help poor communities on their path to self-sufficiency.
Mr. Rosauer first joined CRS in 1999 as Assistant Country Representative for the Southern Sudan program. During his tenure at CRS he has also worked as the Management Quality Coordinator in Ethiopia and as a Country Representative in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Roasuer holds a Master's degree in Economic Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa.
Prior to joining CRS, he worked with World Vision International and the International Rescue Committee (among other non-governmental agencies) in Southern Sudan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Somalia. He is fluent in English and Spanish.