Ministries in South Sudan and their functions

Ministries in South Sudan and their functions

 Ministry of Cabinet Affairs 

The ministry has a mandate to ensure coordination of government business so that Cabinet decisions are made and  implemented in a timely, transparent and accountable manner.


The Ministry of Cabinet Affairs performs the following functions and duties:

  • Manage the organization and coordination of Government business.
  • Provide administrative and secretarial support to the Council of Ministers and its sectoral sub-committees.
  • Undertake executive activities to support the Council of Ministers of the Government of the RSS to fulfill its constitutional duties.
  • Follow up the executions of the resolutions and directives of the Council of Ministers of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Undertake documentation and communication of resolutions of the Council of Ministers of the RSS to relevant bodies and individuals.
  • Compilation of data and reports from RSS ministries for presentation to the Council of Ministers.
  • Prepare draft agendas for the Council of Ministers meetings.
  • Collect, review and distribute materials for the Council of Ministers meetings.
  • Record the deliberations of Council of Ministers meetings.
  • Coordinate the follow-up of Council of Ministers meetings decisions.
  • Maintain the archives of the Council of Ministers meetings.
  • Administer the emoluments of the President, Vice President, Presidential Advisors, Ministers, Constitutional Post-Holders and Chair-Persons of Commissions.
  • Arrange payments of emoluments and privileges of the President, Vice-President, Presidential Advisors, Ministers and other constitutional post-holders during and after their relief from office.


Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs


The Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs performs the following functions and duties:

  • Undertake the defense of the people of South Sudan under the direction of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Protect the borders of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Protect the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and guarantee peace and security to the people of South Sudan.
  • Develop and implement the defense policies and strategies of the Government of Southern Sudan and the SPLA.
  • Organize, develop, guide and manage the transformation of the SPLA into regular, professional, non-partisan modern army that is appropriate, adequate, affordable and operationally effective.
  • Define the role, size, organization and resource requirements of the SPLA and create the foundations for its long-term development.
  • Provide forces to the Joint Integrated Units.
  • Assist the police and other security forces with the maintenance of law and order.
  • Prepare the budget for the SPLA and manage and account for its implementation and expenditure.
  • Procure equipment for the SPLA within the approved budget.
  • Provide training for the SPLA through established training institutes in Sudan and abroad.
  • Assist civil authorities to combat civil and natural disasters.
  •  Support the development of Southern Sudan through the deployment of the engineering and construction resources of the SPLA.
  • Provide secretariat support to the Southern Sudan Defense Council.
  • Facilitate regular reporting and routine briefings of the President by the SPLA, and flow of information between the President and the SPLA and security services.


 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation performs the following functions and duties:


  • Advise the President, Council of Ministers and the Republic of South Sudan National Legislative Assembly on diplomatic issues.
  • Act on behalf of RSS to establish, develop and maintain good relations and cooperation with foreign governments.
  • Represent the needs and policies of the Republic of South Sudan to other nations and international organizations.
  • Open and manage RSS embassies in selected countries outside South Sudan.
  • Develop and coordinate plans and policies pertaining to international support for RSS.
  • Undertake, in collaboration with the RSS Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and other ministries and commissions, negotiations with foreign governments and international agencies for financing agreements with donor organizations.
  • In coordination with relevant implementing government authorities, follow up agreements made between the RSS and foreign governments and agencies.
  • Develop and coordinate policies and programmes pertaining to international support in the field of humanitarian relief and rehabilitation.
  • Receive heads of states and other foreign dignitaries and coordinate their programmes and provide protocol services while in South Sudan.
  •  Establish and maintain a system for regular liaison meetings and reporting with foreign consulates in Juba, UN Agencies, foreign government agencies and international non-governmental organizations.


Office of the President

To enable the President and the overall Office of the president to provide dynamic leadership in realizing the vision of a united and peaceful South Sudan, through the development of coherent policy, quality strategies and effective programmes, and by fostering good partnership and improved working relationships and intergovernmental coordination.


The mandate of the Ministry as a facilitating institution is to establish an effective and efficient institution of the Office of the President capable of:


  • Realising the ministry’s vision.
  • Upholding and implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), and looking ahead to the post-CPA period.
  • Consolidating peace and creating a secure and stable political environment for socio-economic development
  • Initiating a comprehensive process of national reconciliation and healing
  • Inculcating a culture of peace, unity and tolerance
  • Mobilising popular energies and resources for reconstruction, development and wealth creation
  • Promoting national unity and commanding national loyalty through an inclusive and representative government at all levels
  • Combating corruption and poverty, attaining the Millennium Development Goals, promoting more equitable distribution of wealth, redressing development imbalances and achieving a decent standard of life.

Ministry of Justice

The mission of the Ministry of Justice is, inter alia, to:

  • Promote democratic principles and political pluralism guided by the principles of decentralization and devolution of power
  • Ensure that rights enshrined in the CPA, the Interim National Constitution, the Interim Constitution of South Sudan and Interim State Constitutions, International Conventions, Treaties and Protocols to which the Government of the Republic of Sudan is a signatory, are respected, protected and promoted.
  • Ensure supremacy of the rule of law and that law and order is maintained, respected and promoted
  • Render legal services to the people and all levels of Government in the Republic of South Sudan
  • Create conducive atmosphere for socio-economic development in accordance with the vision, mission and programs of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.



The Ministry of Justice performs the following functions and duties:


  • To achieve the vision and mission, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) performs, inter alia, the following functions and duties:-
  • Represent all levels of Government in South Sudan in prosecution, litigation and adjudication.
  • Conduct all the pre-trial proceedings in South Sudan.
  • Protect public and private property and rights.
  • Draft legislations for all levels of Government in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Incorporation businesses and register Non-Governmental Organizations, Associations and Societies.
  • Provide legal opinion and advice to all levels of Government in the Repbilc of South Sudan.
  • Initiate and or conduct capacity building programs.
  • Conduct researches on customary law and any other area of concern.
  • Establish an Institute for Legal Studies.
  • Establish a Customary law Development Centre.
  • Print, publish, gazette, distribute and disseminate all Government of South Sudan and State laws.
  • Conduct research and initiate legal reviews and reforms. Without prejudice to the provisions of (1) above, the functions and duties of MOJ are as prescribed in ”the Ministry of Justice Organization Act, 2008.”

Ministry of Internal Affairs


The Ministry of Internal Affairs performs the following functions and duties:


  • Ensure and maintain South Sudan domestic and border security.
  • Coordinate the duties and actions of the South Sudan police, prison and civil defense services;
  • Prepare and implement enabling legislation for the operation of the police, prison and civil defense services.
  • Set common minimum standards for the recruitment, operation and equipment of the police and civil defense services throughout South Sudan.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of strategic policies and action plans for the three internal services of South Sudan.
  • Develop strategic policies to combat, prevent, investigate and detect crime and to maintain law and order;
  • Formulate policy for training the Southern Sudan police, prison and civil defense services and set standards and curriculum for their training.
  • Liaise with regional and international police organizations on the prevention and investigation of crimes of piracy, terrorism, human trafficking, arms proliferation, narcotics, money laundering and cyber crime.
  • Registration and control of the movement of foreign refugees and Sudanese internally displaced persons
  • Coordinate and monitor the activities of all international agencies dealing with refugees and IDPs.
  • Regulate the issuance of travel permits by Sudan embassies for aliens with proven contracts in South Sudan.
  • Issue fire-arms licenses.
  • Regulate, license and supervise the operation of private security firms in Southern Sudan.
  • Develop programmes to address juvenile crimes and establish centres to accommodate juvenile criminals.
  • Establish and maintain a database on crime statistics and other related information.
  • Issue vehicle log-books and driving licenses.
  •  Coordinate with other government agencies to effectively respond to man-made and natural disasters.


Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs



To develop and promote the principles of best parliamentary practices, good governance multi-party democracy, equitable and efficient federal system in Southern Sudan.




The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs performs the following functions and duties:


  • Develop policies to strengthen the delivery and monitoring of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly programs.
  • Coordinate legislature relationship between the cabinet of Government of South Sudan and the Legislative Assembly of Southern Sudan to ensure fulfillment of schedules in accordance with the constitution.
  • Ensure procedures are in place to facilitate linkages and coordination between Government of South Sudan , the Southern Sudan Assembly and State Assemblies.
  • Serve as liaison between Government of South Sudan  and the Legislative Assembly on matters of parliamentary affairs.
  • Channel government bills to the Legislative Assembly for deliberation.
  • Strengthen democracy, good governance and multi-party democracy in Southern Sudan.
  • Brief government ministers and ministries on matters raised within the Legislative Assembly that require government response.
  • Build the capacity of the Legislative Assembly to fulfill its mandate.
  • Follow-up implementation of legislative resolutions with relevant institutions.



Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning


The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning performs the following functions and duties:

  • Develop and implement legislation and regulations, including those for Public Financial Management, Tax and Revenue Collection, Procurement and other legislation as required.
  • Develop and execute sound economic, fiscal and investment policies for South Sudan.
  • Develop and implement a sound public financial management system for South Sudan and manage the RSS Consolidated Fund.
  • Develop and execute revenue policy for taxes and other sources of revenue within the purview of RSS.
  • Collect tax revenues within the purview of RSS.
  • Ensure remittance of RSS non-tax revenues collected by other RSS institutions to the Consolidated Fund.
  • Liaise with States Governments on harmonized tax policy and administration across the levels of government.
  • Develop and execute a reserve management policy for the RSS.
  • Macroeconomic forecasting and identification of RSS resource availability to finance the annual budget and medium term expenditure framework.
  • Coordinate the RSS short, medium and long-term planning process to develop a prioritized development framework for the RSS.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual RSS budget and medium term expenditure framework and manage their implementation.
  • Sanction all RSS expenditure payments in conformity with the approved Annual Budget and oversee the disbursement of all RSS expenditure from the Consolidated Fund.
  • Appraise all development projects and programmes requiring financial contributions from RSS prior to their approval and financing.
  • Develop and execute RSS policies on aid coordination.
  • Coordinate and approve external donor financing programmes, monitoring their implementation and evaluating their impact.
  • Evaluate, approve and manage all external loans to RSS.
  • Manage the disbursement of all donor grants and maintain a central database of all external aid financing to RSS (grants and loans), and reflect donor support and external debt in the RSS Annual Budget.
  • Implement rigorous procurement policies, regulations and procedures and ensure compliance throughout RSS through capacity building.
  • Approve all contracts made under the procurement regulations, monitor all associated obligations and payments and maintain a register of RSS contracts.
  • Oversee and build the capacity of the internal audit function throughout RSS.
  • Produce monthly RSS budget execution reports and RSS accounts on a quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis.
  • Oversee and build the capacity of accounting units in all spending agencies of RSS.
  • Jointly with the South Sudan Fiscal and Financial Allocation and Monitoring Commission, set allocation policies for inter-governmental fiscal transfers, manage their disbursement, monitor their utilization and ensure accountability at the State level.
  • Act as the custodian of RSS assets and property and maintain a central assets register.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to State governments and other local governments to build their capacity to assume their responsibilities for financial management, accounting and audit and planning functions and other such matters as defined in the Constitution and RSS policy.

Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development



To provide policy guidance, regulatory framework and develop institutional and human resource capacity for effective delivery of services to the public.




To build and manage the capacity of the RSS public service for effective and efficient delivery of services and where necessary regulate the operations of the private sector labour market.



In fulfilling its mandate, the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development will endeavour to establish an inclusive, impartial, responsive and efficient Public Service in a manner consistent with national priorities, values and cost-effective service delivery. This will be executed through the following core functions:



  • Safeguarding and protecting the interests of employers and workers by enforcing labour and employment laws and subsidiary legislations.
  • Establishing institutional arrangements for reconciliation and redress of disputes and grievances in work places.
  • Formulating regulations for and supervising the formation of workers’ trade unions.
  • Inspecting terms and conditions of employment to ensuring compliance with the relevant labour laws and regulations.
  • Inspecting work places and promoting voluntary compliance with best practices in occupational safety and health regulations in all work places.
  • Providing support and guidance to States’ Labour Offices to enable them to effectively execute their roles and functions.
  • Putting concrete measures in place to eliminate child labour.
  • Developing national policies aimed at promoting quality and relevant technical vocational training and building competencies needed in developing the vocational education sector in the Republic of South.
  • Establishing and overseeing the operations Vocational Training Institutes nationwide.
  • Regulating the employment of aliens and approving issuance of work permits.
  • Determining, in collaboration with relevant Government Ministries and Institutions, organizational and structural changes needed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and affordability of the Public Service.
  • Initiating, developing, implementing and reviewing of civil service reform programmes in the Republic of South Sudan public service institutions.
  • Undertaking and overseeing the appointment, conditions of service, promotions, discipline and termination of Service Personnel of the National Government.
  • Creating and maintaining a human resource data-base of the National Government Public Service.
  • Developing and managing the Republic of South Sudan Public Service Payroll.
  • Developing policy and standard practices for records management in the public service.
  • Initiating the formulation, review and implementation of National Government Public Service and Pension Laws and Regulations.
  • Exercising oversight responsibility over the management of the Public Service Pensions Funds and the Social Insurance Scheme.
  • Ensuring the participation of women in the Public Service to the mandatory level stipulated in the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan.
  • Providing technical assistance and other support to the States and Local Governments in order to enhance the performance of their Public Services.
  • Preparing and approving the proposed personnel budgets (works pay, salaries and allowances) of all Ministries and public institutions of the RSS.
  • Developing and executing a human resource development strategy for the South Sudan public service.
  • Conducting training needs assessments in the national public service institutions and developing and executing appropriate interventions through training and capacity development programmes.
  • Managing and coordinating public service training and capacity development programmes and activities to assure quality, timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery and utilization of training funds.
  • Installing performance management systems in the civil service.
  • Establishing a public service Management Development Institute and overseeing its management.
  • Establishing a credible Recruitment Board and overseeing its operations.



Ministry of Commerce and Industry



To foster internal and international trade and to systematically build an industrial sector that is dynamic, competitive and integrated into the domestic, regional and global economies.





To build sustainable and diversified economic growth that contributes towards increased productivity, wealth creation and poverty reduction in South Sudan.





The Ministry of Commerce and Industry performs the following functions and duties:


  • Negotiate international, regional and bilateral treaties and conventions in the field of commerce and trade.
  • Formulate and oversee the implementation of the Republic of South Sudan’s commercial, industrial and trade development policy and necessary legal framework.
  • Formulate and supervise implementation of legislation, regulations for weights, measures and standards, dates and standards of time and consumer protection.
  • Define minimum standards for maintenance of quality control of goods and services.
  • Establish and supervise the South Sudan Bureau of standards
  • Coordinate policies for promotion of activities that encourage development of small scale industries.
  • Develop and oversee regulations, contracts, protocols and agreements in the field of commerce and industry.
  • Establish minimum national standards and uniform norms in issuance of commercial and trade licenses to individuals and companies.
  • Participate in preparation of economic and financial policies to achieve commercial development in South Sudan.
  • Provide technical and commercial information on the opportunities for trade in expansion to the private sector in order to enhance economic development.
  • Promote the exports of South Sudan’s products.
  • Facilitate the development of wholesale markets and the efficient distribution of goods and services throughout South Sudan.
  • Facilitate access by the private sector to commercial and marketing research, together with new technologies.
  • Provide technical assistance, training of other capacity building to state governments and other local governments to build their capacity to assume their responsibilities for commercial and industrial matters as defined in the Transitional Constitution and the Republic of South Sudan policy.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Ministry’s Mission:


The ministry functions as the mouthpiece of the government having the mandate to disseminate government press releases, press statements, and organization of public education campaigns. The ministry also organizes public events that engage the people of Southern Sudan in dialogue with their government and offer independent media outlets with opportunities to cover government activities.




The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting performs the following functions and duties:

  • Formulate Information and Broadcasting Policy, and where appropriate, execute that policy in Southern Sudan;
  • Coordinate the GOSS Communications and Public Information activities;
  • Plan and implement activities to disseminate public information regarding GOSS policies programmes and services, including the establishment of a GOSS Public Information Center and maintenance of a GOSS public website;
  • Build capacities within GOSS ministries to disseminate essential information about government activities;
  • Guarantee free and equitable access to public electronic media resources;
  • Guarantee freedom of media and free access to government information;
  • Formulate and implement legislation and regulations governing the broadcast media sector;
  • Act as the interim Broadcasting Licensing Authority;
  • Establish, under forthcoming legislation, an Independent Broadcast Authority to regulate the radio and television broadcasting sector, and under which the responsibilities to manage the broadcast frequency spectrum (SW, MW, FM and TV) and license radio and television stations, shall be unified;
  • Encourage the independent establishment of professional media and journalism associations;
  • Establish an independent Southern Sudan Broadcasting Corporation;
  • Manage, prior to the establishment of an independent entity, the Southern Sudan Radio Service and Southern Sudan Television Service;
  • Promote public service broadcasting at the state level;
  • Establish a News Agency for Sothern Sudan and prepare for that agency to become an independent entity;
  • Encourage the development of independent, non-governmental, community radio stations – that broadcast in local languages – to benefit underserved audiences in the Ten States, and encourage public-private partnerships to develop a vibrant independent media sector in Southern Sudan; and
  • Encourage public-private partnerships to develop a vibrant independent media sector in Southern Sudan.


Ministry of Health

Through Ministry of Health, the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) manages the public healthcare system to ensure that good and affordable basic medical services are available to all people in Southern Sudan. We achieve this through providing subsidized medical services while promoting individual responsibility for the costs of healthcare services. Our population is thus encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle, taking responsibility for one’s own health. Safety nets are provided, however, to ensure that no Southern Sudanese is denied access into the healthcare system or turned away by public hospitals because of lack of money.




To improve the health status of the population and ensure a sector wide quality health care to all the people of Southern Sudan, especially the most vulnerable, women and children




The Ministry of Health performs the following functions and duties:


  • To formulate policies and strategies in the field of preventive, curative and societal medicine within the GoSS medical policy framework;
  • Development and supervision of clinics, dispensaries, health centres, hospitals and other medical institutions and services in Southern Sudan;
  • Registration of doctors and paramedics as well as maintenance and updating of unified lists of physicians, dentists, pharmacists, medical technicians and specialists working in Southern Sudan;
  • Develop and implement a human resources plan for the health sector, and build capacity of health-care staff, including curriculum development for different health-care workers;
  • Provision of maternity services;
  • Develop the capacity of the Ministry of Health to deliver Health education and promotion;
  • Training of nurses and mid-wives including the management and supervision of medical training colleges and institutes;
  • Plan and implement medical programmes and projects in Southern Sudan in accordance to GoSS policies and strategies;
  • Supervision and control of use of medicines, drugs, poisons, and anasthetic substances;
  • Establish quality control and assurance mechanisms for drugs and medical consumables;
  • Control of epidemics;
  • Quantifying and provision of medical needs (medicines, equipment, medical materials and supplies) of Southern Sudan;
  • Develop a national health and diseases policy, strategies and plans;
  • Support and supervise a decentralized and delegated system of health provision;
  • Oversee human resources capacity development throughout the health sector;
  • Set priorities, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the operation of health provision at all levels of government;
  • Develop and operate a health information system;
  • Coordinate an effective HIV/AIDS programme;
  • Instigate and coordinate an effective family planning strategy and services;
  • Instigate and coordinate an effective health education strategy;
  • Supervise health inspection services, including food and other public health hazards; and
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for health and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and Government of South Sudan policy.


Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry


To transform Agriculture from traditional subsistence system to achieve food security through scientific, market oriented, competitive and profitable agricultural system without compromising the sustainability of natural resources for future generations.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry performs the following functions and duties:


  • Formulate legislation, policies, standards, and plans for the development of agriculture and forestry in South Sudan.
  • Prevention of environment degradation through tree planting, soil and water conservation and proper utilization of agricultural land.
  • Promotion of sustainable use of natural resources for agricultural and forestry production including non-timber forest products.
  • Human resource training in the field of agriculture and forestry
  • Promote the development and adaptation of appropriate technology in the field of agriculture and forestry;
  • Create a national food policy to ensure adequate food availability throughout South Sudan.
  • Establish and manage an effective agricultural extension service.
  • Promote and where necessary regulate the efficient production and marketing of agriculture and forest products.
  • Develop and implement a forestry development strategy for South Sudan.
  • Promote community-based forestry conservation, management and utilization to ensure sustainable forestry production.
  • Issue licenses to fell and/or export timber.
  • Collect agricultural and forestry production data and their socio-economic impact on incomes and well-being.
  • Promote, and where possible, undertake demand-driven agricultural and forestry research.
  • Establish and manage/supervise an agricultural microfinance and credit banking scheme.
  • Control crop and tree diseases.
  • Control and regulate the use of agricultural chemicals and phytosanitary regulations and seed quality standards and licensing.
  • Rehabilitating and expanding training institutions and research institutions.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to State governments and other local governments to build their capacity to assume their responsibilities for agriculture and forestry matters as defined in the Constitution and RSS policy.

Ministry of transport 



The mission is to serve the people of Southern Sudan by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, convenient and affordable intermodal transportation system that meets the vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of people today and into the future.


The sector will provide a level of service that reflects the importance of transport infrastructure and transportation services for the future of Southern Sudan.


Key policies factors for measurement of the effectiveness of transport sector delivery will be accessibility, mobility, safety, quality, of life, system preservation, management and productivity, and organization excellence.


The Ministry of Roads and Transport performs the following functions and duties:


  • Establish and oversee the implementation of the legal framework and regulations for the development of the transport network of Southern Sudan.
  • Develop and execute an integrated transport strategy for Southern Sudan.
  • Develop and oversee specific strategies for the development of road, air, rail and river transport.
  • Develop road construction standards and specifications and maintenance regimes on all classifications of roads throughout Southern Sudan.
  • Draw up and maintain a system of road classification for all public roads in Southern Sudan.
  • Design, construct and maintain all roads classified as International and Inter-State roads.
  • Oversee the operation of the Southern Sudan Roads Authority.
  • Oversee the standards of construction of roads constructed by States and local governments.
  • Implement and manage the construction of roads on behalf of States and local governments until such time as the relevant government unit has the capacity to undertake such functions independently.
  • Design, construct and maintain river ports, docking yards and navigation channels.
  • License and regulate all commercial river transport operators.
  • Develop railway railways standards and specifications, design, construct, supervise and monitor the development of railway lines and operations.
  • Operate, manage and develop international and national airports in Southern Sudan.
  • Manage all other airports and airstrips until such time as State governments have the capacity to undertake this responsibility.
  • Establish and implement standards for the operation of commercial airlines and aircraft operating in Southern Sudan.
  • Carry out training of drivers, mechanics and operators for the efficient control and management of public vehicles.
  • Maintain an inventory of government vehicles.
  • Regulate privately-owned public transport services through licensing and inspection.
  • Registration of road, rail, river and aeronautical engineers carrying out business in Southern Sudan; and
  • Provide technical assistance and training to State governments and other local governments to build their capacity to assume their responsibilities for road construction and other transportation matters as defined in the Constitution and other Government of South Sudan policies.


 Ministry of general education and instruction



To provide education for all people equally and aim to provide a life-long education of quality for all children, youth and adults of South Sudan; an education that is relevant and affordable based on the needs and aspirations of the people, to enable them to become responsible and productive citizens.



The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology performs the following functions and duties:


  • Inspection and supervision of general education at all levels to ensure proper performance.
  • Coordinate and administer schools feeding programmes.
  • Registration of education and training institutions.
  • Manage South Sudan schools and university examinations and other educational certification.
  • Provide and manage technical training and teacher training institutes.
  • Rehabilitation of schools and other educational institutes alone or in coordination with foreign donors, UN agencies and NGOs.
  • Preparation and development of curricula for primary and secondary schools.
  • Coordination of RSS and State government education policies and strategies.
  • Formulate an adult literacy policy.
  • Expand basic education through recruitment of teachers, curriculum development, increase the number of schools, accelerate learning and literacy programmes.
  • Improve enrolments, equity and quality of delivery throughout the educational sector.
  • Improve gender equity through the implementation of activities that increase the enrolment and retention of females.
  • Enhance education governance and management at State and County levels.
  • Strengthen educational infrastructure.
  • Establish and develop institutes of higher education that will produce manpower with relevant skills.
  • Determine the requirements for, and provide facilities and curriculum for the promotion of special needs education.
  • Supervise the training, development and management of teachers at all education levels.
  • Support the South Sudan Examination Council.
  • Supervision of the student athletic and cultural activities; and
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for education and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and RSS policy.


Ministry of higher education, research science and technology


The Ministry has a mandate to implement policies, plans, programs, and general coordination of higher education, science and technology in tertiary institutions in the Republic of South Sudan





Ensure that higher education institutions (HEI) in South Sudan meet the national and global standard.


  • Equitable access to tertiary institutions in South Sudan
  • Improve and expand infrastructures of existing HEIs
  • Develop effective and efficient management system and service deliver in HEIs
  • Solicit funding to manage HEIs in South Sudan
  • Promote private sector and bilateral donors investment in tertiary education
  • Establish a legal and policy framework for higher education institutions
  • License private HEIs and evaluate programs
  • Align HEI operated by other line Ministries
  • Ensure that HEIs meet national, regional and global market demands
  • Promote research, science and technological innovation and skills transfers for national, regional and global development
  • Strengthen cultural ties through partnerships and bilateral donors.


Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment



It is the lead agency of the Government of Southern Sudan charged with planning and development of the programmes in the infrastructure sector as well as the mobilization of resources and designing of program implementation and supervision.



The Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment performs the following functions and duties:


  • Develop and execute policies and programmes on environmental protection and conservation throughout Southern Sudan.
  • Establish the government’s environmental policy and monitor its effectiveness and impact;
  • Lay down programmes, in with other ministries, for the control of environmental degradation and control of desertification.
  • Develop Environmental Impact Assessments standard methodologies and procedures for Government of South Sudan development policies and for private sector investment.
  • Formulate policy, standards and regulations on urban planning and urban land management.
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for environment, physical planning and housing and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and Government of South Sudan policy
  • Provide for all affordable shelter in urban areas and facilitate slum improvement and upgrading.
  • Surveying and mapping of Southern Sudan and safe keeping of maps and documents.
  • Establish and oversee the operation of urban land titling and registration.
  • To oversee the definition and designation of City, Municipal and Town Councils in Southern Sudan.
  • Design, implement or supervise development programmes and projects to build housing in urban areas.
  • Rehabilitate war damaged housing infrastructure.
  • Provide or ensure the provision of suitable schemes for sewerage disposal and treatment in housing schemes and urban areas.
  • Conduct building research for the development of the construction industry and the supply of affordable construction materials.
  • To establish building industry standards and draw up a code of regulations for the building industry of Southern Sudan.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of a housing policy for Southern Sudan.
  • Oversee the operation of the Southern Sudan Housing Development Corporation.
  • Formulate and implement a policy on housing for public servants and organize forces.
  • manage office accommodation and housing for constitutional office holders.
  • Develop, construct and maintain GoSS public buildings; and
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for environmental protection, physical planning and housing and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and Government of South Sudan policy.

Ministry of telecommunications and postal services

The mandate of the Ministry is to formulate, coordinate and implement national policies, plans and programs in the communications sector including postal services, Telecommunications and information Technology.



To facilitate access to reliable and affordable communication devices, services and benefits in the country by creating and enabling policy and regulatory environment that encourages fair competition, innovation and investment, while establishing effective relationships with others in the global society.

To promote the development and application of ICT, through the implementation of facilitative and harmonized policies, with a view to achieving the widest use and access to information throughout South Sudan within a reasonable period. Strategic goals include:


  • Facilitate economic growth, sustainable development and wealth creation in South Sudan.
  • Improve the quality of life of citizens through better education, improved health services and job creation.
  • Create an engine for socio-economic development.
  • Address development gaps as they relate to women, the youth, and rural and other disadvantaged groups.
  • Achieve progress towards the social goals of ICT policy e.g. the provision of universal service access.
  • Ensure the provision of a wide range of ICT services to stimulate and support sustainable socio-economic growth; and
  • Stimulate investment in the public ICT industry with a view to provide advanced information services.




The Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services performs the following functions and duties:


  • Formulation and implementation of telecommunications for South Sudan.
  • Management of air waves spectrum through frequencies allotment including specified bands for radio and television.
  • Regulate and license local telecommunications operators.
  • Regulation of public and private “Very Small Aperture Terminal” linkages.
  • Supervision of South Sudan telecommunication networks roll-out plans.
  • Promote and manage the communications technology sector.
  • Encourage and support communications technology research and development.
  • Promote regional and international collaboration and coordination in the telecommunications sector.
  • Establish standards and regulations for the importation of telecommunication equipment and devices.
  • Regulate and license Internet Service Providers.
  • Develop and execute an e-government strategy.
  • Formulate and implement a South Sudan postal services policy.
  • Regulate and license local telecommunications operators.
  • Supervise postal services to ensure delivery service.
  • Promotion of efficiency and security in the regional and international postal networks.
  • To oversee the establishment of telecommunications networks in the ten States; and
  • To promote public-private partnerships to provide telecommunications services to population centres on a profit making basis.


Ministry of petroleum and mining


To facilitate the development, promotion and management of minerals and oil resources in a sustainable manner to foster the economic growth of the Republic of South Sudan


The mandate and functions of the ministry are guided by both The Petroleum Act, 2012 and The Mining Act, 2012. The Powers and Functions of the Ministry as stipulated in the Petroleum Act is as follows:


  • The Ministry may establish a body to be known as the Petroleum Exploration and Production Authority to oversee petroleum operations and advise the Ministry
  • The Ministry shall implement the policies established by the Commission respecting the management and development of the petroleum sector and for those purposes shall:
  • Formulate strategies, plans and programme for the development and management of the petroleum sector,
  • Negotiate petroleum agreements in accordance with this Act;
  • Sign, manage and, if applicable, terminate the petroleum agreements on behalf of the Government after approval by the Commission;
  • Manage petroleum resources on behalf of the Government
  • Manage the relations of the Government with petroleum companies operating in the Republic
  • Develop the necessary technical capacity and competence of personnel involved in petroleum activities
  • Provide technical expertise and support to the Commission
  • In consultation with affected communities, ensure that all petroleum projects are subject to environmental and social impact assessments
  • Make public and disclose documents and information pursuant to Sections 78 and 79 of the Act.
  • Initiate legislation and make rules and regulations respecting the development and management of the petroleum sector pursuant o section 99 of the Act.
  • Provide for the transportation, processing, refining and distribution, including the relevant infrastructure relating to these activities and provide for the marketing and selling of Government entitlement of crude oil and its derivatives; and
  • Perform any other functions as prescribed by law


Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare 



To promote gender equality, social justice, and safeguard the rights and welfare of women, children, persons with disability and other vulnerable groups.




To provide policy guidance, effective service delivery, coordinate, facilitate, monitor and evaluate gender equality, women empowerment, the rights of children, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.


The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (MGCSW) performs the following core functions:


  • Develop policies and programmes for the promotion of gender equality, child and social welfare.
  • Mainstreaming gender equality, and disability into national development.
  • Ensure the welfare and respect of the rights of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
  • Manage programmes and institutions for children and social welfare.
  • Improve working environment by strengthening the structures, systems and procedures, human and administrative capacity for efficient service delivery.
  • Strengthen monitoring and evaluation, research, documentation, planning and budgeting.

Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management


The Ministry’s mandate to oversee all humanitarian assistance to the needy, respond to disasters and reduce the risk to hazards.


To save lives, restore dignity and sustain hope for development.




The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management performs the following functions and duties:


  • Supervision and coordination of all humanitarian assistance and disaster management interventions at all levels within the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation, assessment of all humanitarian needs and all programs of the United Nations agencies, Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations and indigenous NGOS in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Ensure that all humanitarian organizations, UN, INGOS, CBOS operating in the Republic of South Sudan are registered and have met the criteria of registration in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Ensure that all Citizens of the Republic of South Sudan where ever they may be are facilitated and assisted to return home in a safe and dignified manner.
  • Closely monitor and follow up the repatriation, reintegration and resettlement of the Internally Displaced persons and Refugees into their respective communities or preferential areas of their choices.
  • Represent the Republic of South Sudan in International, Regional and national forums with regard to humanitarian and disaster management issues.
  • Provide periodical reports and updates on humanitarian aspects to the Council of Ministers (RSS).
  • Ensure proper usage of public Funds and proper system of financial accountability
  • Ensure institutional capacity building and human resources development for prompt and rapid response of the Ministry.


Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources



The ministry’s mandate is drawing up of polices, guidelines and plans for water resources management; development; utilization; and provision of sanitation services, so as to improve welfare and productivity of the people of South Sudan.




The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources performs the following functions and duties:


  • Draw up and oversee the implementation of policies, guidelines, master plans and regulations for water resources development, conservation and management in South Sudan.
  • Encourage and where appropriate, fund scientific research into the development of water resources in South Sudan.
  • Oversee the operation of the Water Corporation of Southern Sudan to ensure it performs its functions as laid out in the relevant Act.
  • Undertake or supervise the design, construction and management of dams and other surface water storage infrastructure for irrigation, human and animal consumption and hydro-electricity generation.
  • Set tariffs for the sale of water for whatever purpose.
  • Draw up policy on rural and urban water resource development and management.
  • Implement ground-water supplies of drinking water for the rural populations and make provisions for local community management and maintenance of constructed water supplies until such times as State and local governments have the capacity to undertake such functions.
  • Initiate irrigation development and management schemes.
  • Inspection of rural water yards.
  • Draw up and oversee the implementation of rural flood control policy.
  • Protection of the Sudd and other wetlands from pollution;
  • Participate in international bodies charged with management of the Nile River basin.
  • Water hyacinth management and control.
  • Map water resources and carry out hydrological studies and research.
  • Design and implement surface water resources projects including those for irrigation schemes.
  • Establish flood warning schemes and other measures to protect against floods; and
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for water supply and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and Government of RSS policy.


Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism



The Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism performs the following functions and duties:


  • Develop and execute legislation, regulations, policies and strategies for the protection and management of South Sudan’s wildlife resources and protected areas.
  • Formulate plans and programmes for the promotion and development of tourism in The Republic of South Sudan.
  • Develop policies to promote tourism as an income earning opportunity.
  • Regulate and license private enterprises, bodies and other agencies operating in the field of tourism.
  • Provide security to tourism institutions and resorts.
  • Administer and manage the Wildlife Protection Service.
  • Initiate community-based wildlife conservation and tourism industry awareness campaigns.
  • Demarcate protected areas and build infrastructure in and around parks and reserves.
  • Advise The government of the Republic of South Sudan on international wildlife and tourism conventions and other agreements.
  • Develop and manage cross-border international “Peace Parks”;
  • Promotion of ecotourism; and
  • Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for wildlife conservation and tourism and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and RSS policy.


 Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries


The Ministry has a mandate of promotion, regulation and facilitation of livestock and fisheries production, including value-addition and access to credit and regional markets; for food security, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development of South Sudanese.

Accelerate socio-economic development of the South Sudanese and enhance the livelihoods and food security of livestock and fisheries producers through improving livestock and fisheries production and productivity.


The Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries performs the following functions and duties:

  • Formulation of effective policy framework and strategic plans, regulations, laws, rules, standards, quality assurance and control for the development of the animal and fisheries resources.
  • Provision of policy guidance and monitoring/documenting the performance of the livestock and fisheries sectors.
  • Development and coordination of Planning for the development of the livestock and fisheries sectors.
  • Ensuring prevention of environmental degradation through promotion of pasture and soil conservation and the sustainable exploitation of productive natural resources.
  • Identification and promotion of investment opportunities and encouraging private enterprise in the livestock and fisheries sectors.
  • Human resource training in the fields of animal production and fisheries.
  • Provision of technical advice on animal health and disease control policies and the development and implementation of plans to improve livestock health and production.
  • Regulation and quality assurance in the privatized delivery of veterinary services and supplies.
  • Monitoring and investigation of the prevalence, spread and impact of animal diseases.
  • Supporting a meat inspection service at appropriate levels of government and the development of modern abattoirs.
  • Promotion and coordination of partnership between public institutions and private livestock and fisheries enterprises, and provision of technical assistance for the transformation of traditional production practices into modern market-oriented systems.
  • Promotion of improved fishing, fish handling and fish processing technologies to improve the quality and quantity of fish catches in South Sudan.
  • Ensuring the sustainability of the fisheries sector through the development and enforcement of policies and regulations governing the exploitation of fish stocks.
  • Promotion and development of aquaculture fish production.
  • Promotion of effective community-based extension programmes in the livestock and fisheries sectors.
  • Promotion of the development of a bee-keeping industry and productive enterprises based on the sustainable exploitation and management of other emerging livestock resources.
  • Promotion of animal welfare.
  • Provision of technical assistance and training to MARF at the State and local government levels, building capacity in the States for the assumption of responsibilities for animal resources and fisheries matters.
  • Responsibility for the planning, coordination and supervision of surveys/censuses aimed at quantifying the status of natural resources, livestock and fisheries stocks, and
  • Promotion of gender-equitable policy and mainstreaming of gender considerations in livestock and fisheries sectors.


Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports


The vision of the Ministry is to transform South Sudan into a culturally harmonious and vibrant society where ethnic and cultural diversity of her people is a source of strength, unity and pride, to be a pioneer in the development and empowerment of the youth of South Sudan through the provision of education and lifelong skills and safeguard their physical, moral and intellectual wellbeing and to ensure their effective and patriotic participation in the affairs of South Sudan.





The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports performs the following functions and duties:




  • Promote cultural heritage and identity.
  • Foster cultural interaction between different parts of South Sudanese society.
  • Promote the spiritual, mental, physical and professional preparation of youth in South Sudan.
  • Lay down general policies, by-laws and plans of action for the promotion of youth, sports and cultural activities and projects in South Sudan.
  • Establish, promote and equip libraries.
  • Protect and preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage records of South Sudan.
  • Supervise South Sudan Youth Services.
  • Develop general policies on and promotion of youth development.
  • Supervise all youth organizations and centres and hostels in South Sudan.
  • Establish and maintain the South Sudan archives, museums and art galleries.
  • Identify, gazette, maintain and oversee national monuments.
  • Promote and conduct inter-state youth sports activities.
  • Coordinate and technically support organized forces in concerned sports and cultural activities.
  • Coordinate with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the area of sports and culture in schools.
  • Liaise and provide inputs to national bodies responsible for sports, youth and culture; and

Advise and support states and local governments in their responsibilities for culture, youth and sports and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and RSS policy.