Compostion & Functions
The CTSAMVM works under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno of Ethiopia. The CTSAMM is generously supported by IGAD Member States, the IGAD Partners Forum, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from the US, UK, EU, China, Denmark, Japan, Norway and Germany.
There are over 200 CTSAMVM personnel from 17 different countries. Some are based at the Headquarters in Juba (CTSAMVM HQ) and others in the 16 Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) in the most conflict-affected areas of South Sudan.
The CTSAMVM Chairperson is supported by a Deputy, several advisers and Operations staff. They coordinate the field monitoring teams and help direct investigations. They also engage with key partners such as IGAD, AU and UNMISS, as well as other stakeholders such as humanitarian organisations, Party representatives, community leaders, donors and members of the international community.
CTSAMVM MVTs are deployed in Aweil, Bentiu, Bor, Juba, Leer, Malakal, Pibor, Torit, Wau, Yambio, Melut and Bunj. The Ayod, Nassir and Yei MVTs work from Juba and travel frequently to their areas. The MVTs can be deployed anywhere at short notice and will ensure deteriorating security situations in which civilians are at risk are prioritized. Security and some logistical support for the teams is provided by UNMISS. Each team consists of 13 people, including team leaders, observers and support staff, as well as community liaison officers.
The monitors, the majority of whom are former military officers, are skilled in investigation techniques and have received training in the implementation of the PCTSA, as well as international humanitarian and human rights law. They are especially sensitive to issues of gender-based violence and child soldier recruitment, among other aspects of civilian protection.