The DRC Resettlement Roster

The UNHCR-DRC Resettlement Deployment Scheme mobilizes qualified and committed resettlement experts according to requests received from UNHCR. Resettlement roster members are deployed in a timely and effective manner, thereby strengthening the capacity of UNHCR to meet the global needs for resettlement.

DRC Resettlement Roster

Resettlement is defined by the UNHCR as “the selection and transfer of refugees from a state in which they have sought protection to a third state which has agreed to admit them — as refugees — with permanent residence status.” Hence, resettlement is one of three solutions considered as durable, the two others being return and integration. As return in many situations is not a realistic solution and in order to share the burden with some of the biggest refugee hosting countries resettlement has in many ways become the only durable solution to many refugees. The DRC Standby Roster is working to support UNHCR in these efforts.

In December 2015, DRC signed the first agreement with UNHCR to become one of three partners involved in the implementation of the Resettlement Deployment Scheme. With a strong protection mandate and almost 30 years of experience in establishing and administrating rosters this engagement is at the core of DRC’s work.

Our experts are deployed to UNHCR operations globally, at short notice, with the purpose to strengthen UNHCR’s capacity to provide durable solutions to the displacement of some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees.

Common to all members of the DRC Standby Roster is that they committed, professional and high-performing humanitarian workers ready to deploy to UN operations worldwide. The DRC Resettlement Roster represents a variety of profiles within the following technical areas:

  • Resettlement case processing – interviewing and reviewing
  • Best interest assessments and best interest determination of children
  • Refugee status determination
  • Complementary pathways
  • Durable solutions


You can see examples of ToRs here.


Becoming a member of the DRC Resettlement Roster

Membership and deployment through the DRC Resettlement Roster offer extensive opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people in need.

The following qualifications and requirements are required for membership of the DRC Resettlement Roster:

  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience in one of the above-mentioned technical areas
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant international field experience
  • Proficiency in one (preferably two) official UN language. English is mandatory, while French, Arabic, or Spanish is considered a strong advantage
  • Knowledge and understanding of the complexities involved in refugee and IDP responses
  • Relevant educational background
  • Ready to work effectively under stressful and hardship environments


In addition, the following general qualifications are taken into consideration as requirements:

  • Previous individual casework experience (interviewing skills, counselling skills, systematically handling cases for refugees/asylum seekers with vulnerabilities)
  • Legal background through education and/or work experience
  • Experience working with governmental refugee status determination procedures (on the executive or judicial side)
  • Proven knowledge of the international legal framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and statelessness
  • UNHCR experience, preferably in resettlement and/or refugee status determination contexts
  • Proven capacities in UNHCR protection work (based on Performance Appraisal Reports)

Please see the recruitment page for more information about the requirements and recruitment procedure. All vacancies will be published on our website and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Membership obligations and conditions

Accepting membership of the DRC Resettlement Roster implies accepting the following obligations:

  • The member should be available for deployments with short notice
  • The member should nominate themselves for deployments on a regular basis
  • The member should on a regular basis update personal data on the member site MyPages
  • The member should commit to active membership of minimum 3 years

The DRC Resettlement Roster has the right to exclude a member if qualifications no longer match the demands of UNHCR, if they are unable to pass UNHCR’s integrity clearance or if performance during a DRC deployment or any other employment is not satisfactory.



Pia Terslev Johansen

Programme and Operations Coordinator·PPE - Humanitarian Strategic Surge Capacity

[email protected]