About Us

The DRC Stand-by Roster is a collection of emergency rosters of more than 600 experts that deploy to United Nations’ operations to fill short-term employment gaps.


"To strengthen the UN organisations’ humanitarian operations related to refugees, internally displaced persons and other groups affected by displacement caused by man-made crisis or natural disasters."

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Stand-by Roster works to enhance and improve the United Nations’ emergency response to humanitarian displacement crises and as such enable faster and more effective support to people in need. This is achieved through both capacity building and the high quality deployment of experts and specialists to UN humanitarian relief operations all over the world.

Since 1991, the DRC Stand-by Roster has seconded numerous specialists to UN operations worldwide primarily within the sectors that are described in the Recruited Profiles section.

The immediate objectives of the Stand-by Roster are:

1. Fill human resource gaps of the UN organisations with specialist staff from the DRC Stand-by Roster.
2. Actively engage with UN organisations to pursue positive changes within the UN system.
3. Improve of the level of qualifications of the DRC Stand-by Roster Members to accommodate new requirements from the UN agencies.

The Stand-by Roster is an instrument to supply and boost UN organisations with specialised professionals to their humanitarian operations for a limited period of time, thereby allowing time for the UN organisations to upgrade their own staff capacity. The Roster is not a substitute for regular staffing arrangements within the UN, rather it is a short-term means to support and augment existing resources when considered absolutely necessary.

Competencies and Priorities

The DRC Stand-by Roster is known among partners for high quality performance, reliability, commitment, and strong partnership spirit. A highly trained professional team of deployment officers are dedicated to serve the deployees with solid staff care. All expats deployed by the Stand-by Roster receive a high standard of staff care, details of which can be found here.


The DRC Stand-by Roster was first established in 1991 to support the emergency response of the UN by rapidly deploying personnel to relief operations targeting the Kurdish population of Iraq. Since then, the Stand-by Roster has expanded in terms of the number of members, geographical area of operations and the number of UN partners. UN organisations have increasingly requested deployments from their stand-by partners, a tendency likely to continue in the future, as natural and man-made disasters threaten human life and dignity.

Celebrating 25 years

In 2016, the Danish Refugee Council Stand-by Roster celebrated its 25th year anniversary. 
Since its first deployment in 1991, it has expanded to include four different sub-rosters and a total of 900 expert members, from more than 70 different nationalities.
With the number of refugees and migrants in an all-time high, the work of the SBR becomes all the more relevant and necessary and we will countinue to work and assist the UN with a team of specialized and trained professionals, in a way to provide timely and effective response to people in need. 
You are welcome to read the special 25th year brochure on the right column, and find out more about the work the Stand-By Roster has been carrying out over the years.