What We DoThe core activity of the DRC Stand-by Roster is to deploy experts with suitable qualifications and competencies to the United Nations’ humanitarian operations.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Stand-by Roster’s central activity is the management of two deployment schemes: the Member Roster, and the External Deployment Scheme.
Human resource development is a cornerstone of the DRC Stand-by Roster’s operations, with a strong focus on preparation, capacity building and monitoring. Deployees are carefully briefed and debriefed and all members of are offered opportunities for personal and professional development through participation in various trainings and workshops, which are described here.
Stand-by Member Roster
The Member Roster is primarily funded by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and forms part of the Danish International Humanitarian Rosters. The Roster currently has around 350 highly qualified members and consists of experienced humanitarian workers of various nationalities, who all have specific professional skills and experience within a select number of profiles. New members are recruited to the Stand-by Roster through a comprehensive recruitment process in which candidates are screened, interviewed and assessed. Providing the right people at the right time requires focused recruitment, targeted human resource development as well as close liaison with UN partners on capacity needs and gaps. The DRC Stand-by Roster currently has formal agreements with UNHCR, WFP, OCHA, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNRWA, FAO and IOM, with the majority of deployments going to UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP.
External Deployment Scheme
The External Deployment Scheme only applies when UN partners request a specific candidate to be deployed to a certain position, for which they have the funding. In such cases the Stand-by Roster will assist the requesting UN organisation with a swift deployment of the candidate.
Strategic Development and Coordination
In addition to activities directly related to deployments of expert personnel, the DRC Stand-by Roster has become a strategic partner and an active player in driving positive changes within the UN system. The DRC Stand-by Roster is, for example, engaged in a number of innovative projects such as the Joint Internally Displaced Persons Profiling Service (JIPS), the Global Protection Cluster and the Stand-By Partner Training Secretariat in Geneva.
Stand-by Deployments and Regular DRC Programmes
Deployments by the DRC Stand-by Roster primarily differentiate from deployments to the regular DRC programmes in two ways. Firstly, deployments through the Stand-by Roster are always short-term, up to six months. Secondly, deployments through the Stand-by Roster are not limited to DRC operations. Most often Stand-by Roster deployments are to UNHCR or other UN operations. A list of partner organisations can be found here.