South Sudan orders foreign staffers of UN, humanitarian agencies to get work permits
South Sudan’s government has ordered all foreign workers with the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies operating in the country to obtain work permits.
Peter Mayen Majongdit, minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, said on Friday that the ministerial order came into effect on Thursday.
“I do hereby issue this ministerial order No. 001/2022, all the expatriates, international staff working for national and international non-governmental organizations, UN agencies are directed to have valid work permits,” he said in a directive.
In March 2017, the government raised fees for foreign workers’ work permits, but the decision was later revoked after criticism from humanitarian agencies that the move would affect humanitarian operations.
Mayen, the minister, said on Friday that foreigners must also possess certificates of good conduct from their country of origin to be verified by South Sudan security agencies.
In addition, he said, academic transcripts of foreign workers must be approved by South Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education.
“All national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies must meet the above-mentioned three criteria,” Mayen said. “All relevant institutions of government are advised to implement this order.”