Requesting a DRC Standby Roster expert

During emergency response UN country operations need to quickly augment their human resources on the ground and requesting experts through their standby partners is one mechanism that complements their own internal surge capacities.

Through the DRC Humanitarian Response Roster the DRC Standby Roster can assist with scaling up and thereby strengthen the operational capacity.

Requesting deployees from the DRC Humanitarian Response Roster

Deployment of DRC Standby Roster expert personnel from the DRC Humanitarian Response Roster can happen through two modalities:

One modality is in-kind deployments funded by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) or the British Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, FCDO (formerly know is DFID). The second modality is deployments funded by the requesting UN agency. For these the DRC Standby Roster provides administrative and contractual services that are invoiced on a quarterly basis.

Deployments can only be requested by UN agencies holding a Memorandum of Understanding with the DRC Standby Roster.

Requesting in-kind deployments should follow the below steps:

  • Identification of staffing needs and development of ToR and official request template
  • Consultation and approval by the UN focal point at the UN headquarters
  • The UN focal point submits requests to all standby partners (e.g. DRC)
  • Standby partners nominate candidates to the UN focal point
  • The UN focal point shares all nominations with the requesting UN field office and informs about the selected candidate to the relevant standby partner
  • If the candidate from the DRC Standby Roster is selected, the DRC Standby Roster initiates the deployment

Requesting UN funded deployments should follow the below steps:

  • Identification of staffing needs and development of ToR and/or request
  • The UN focal point at the UN headquarters shares with the DRC Standby Roster the ToR together with a request for a budget
  • The DRC Standby Roster shares an estimated budget and the UN partner accepts the budget
  • A candidate is identified from UN or DRC Standby Roster side
  • A specific MoU agreement for the deployment is signed by both parties
  • The DRC Standby Roster deploys the expert

Candidates for the UN funded deployments are generally identified by the requesting UN agency and are often not members of the DRC Standby Roster. However, these deployees are entitled to the same terms and conditions as members of the Humanitarian Response Roster are: the same salary scale applies, terms of employment, insurance policy, and staff care entitlements. Deployees external to the DRC Standby Roster can apply for membership when the recruitment is open (see information on recruitment, link) and/or when they have successfully completed their deployment.

Requesting deployees from the DRC Resettlement Roster and DRC Registration Roster

Procedures for requesting deployments from the other two rosters at the DRC Standby Roster are based on the conditions made in the individual grant agreements, hence all needs and requests should be made through the respective focal points in the UNHCR Resettlement Deployment Scheme in Geneva and the UNHCR Registration Roster scheme in Denmark.