Trainee Programme

The DRC Stand-by Roster Trainee Programme is a programme established to upgrade qualifications and prepare young and motivated professionals for an international career working in the humanitarian field.

Currently Not Recruiting

Due to a low demand of Trainees, a decision has been made to prioritise the deployment of current Trainee Roster Members. Recruitment to the Trainee Programme has therefore been put on hold for the time being.

The Stand-By Roster Trainee Program

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Stand-By Roster Trainee Program was established in 2006 as a means of training and preparing young and motivated professionals for United Nation (UN) missions. It aims at enhancing the capacity of the DRC Stand-by Roster by increasing the number of experienced professionals ready for deployment to a UN agency humanitarian operation at short notice all over the world.

Pairing young professionals with experienced humanitarian workers (Senior Staff) and “on-the-job” training provides a unique possibility for young professionals to gain insight into the functions of different UN agencies, to gain field experience, and to learn how to manage work under extreme pressure, which will facilitate integration into UN operations in the long term. For senior colleagues serving as mentors, the programme offers an excellent opportunity to enhance their coaching and leadership skills, both of which are key managerial competencies in the humanitarian field.

At the end of a deployment the trainee is expected to be familiar with:

  • The mandate, operational areas and the setup of the UN agency
  • Adhering to Humanitarian Principles and Codes of Conduct
  • Demonstrating critical judgement
  • Working effectively in teams
  • Coping with pressure and adapting to change
  • Respect for diversity
  • Operating safely and securely
  • How to get by on a daily basis in high-risk zones

Upon a successful mentor deployment, the trainee becomes a general member of the DRC Stand-by Member Roster.

The Set-up

There are two methodologies: the Twinning programme, where the DRC Stand-by Roster selects both mentor and trainee, and the Trainee programme, where the mentor is selected by a UN agency and the trainee by the DRC Stand-by Roster. The aim and expected outcomes are similar.

The recipient UN agencies are UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP and the specific setup may vary slightly between the organisations. The geographical area in which on-the-job training takes place depends on the possibility of identifying suitable operations in relation to the job profiles of chosen candidates and to the level of emergency as trainees are not deployed to unset emergencies.

How to Become a Trainee

The target group of the programme are candidates with relevant education but with no or little professional international humanitarian working experience; candidates with professional working experience but with no international humanitarian working experience; and/or candidates who have worked with the UN as national staff.

Special emphasis is placed on promoting opportunities from candidates from the Global South to gain international experience.

The profiles of the trainees are: Protection, Child Protection, Logistics, Information Management, Cash and Voucher, Shelter and Site Planning and Camp Management.