Strategic Visions

The vision of the DRC Stand-by Roster is to be among the most preferred stand-by partners both to donors, the UN agencies and to the humanitarian specialists.

The objective of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Stand-by Roster is to strengthen the United Nations’ capacity to deliver a timely, effective and accountable humanitarian response to people in need. Since 1991 the DRC Stand-by Roster has successfully worked towards this objective and has achieved significant growth in terms of donor funding, number of UN partners as well as number of rosters managed and members on the Stand-by Member Roster. Since 1991 when the DRC Stand-by Roster, as the first roster to the UN, was established, a large number of additional rosters have joined and today around 24 exist in total. This development has increased the competition among rosters and UN stand-by partners for strategic and high-profile requests. It has also resulted in a stronger competition for qualified members and hence has increased the importance of specialization (intensified capacity in selected sectors) for each individual stand-by roster.

With this in mind, the DRC Stand-by Roster’s vision is to be among the most preferred stand-by partners both to the UN agencies and to humanitarian specialists. In order to move towards this goal the DRC Stand-by Roster continues to strengthen the capacity of the UN to meet the increasing number of humanitarian emergencies around the world. Efforts are however also made to strengthen the strategic relationship between DRC and UN partners through the stand-by arrangement, through DRC country operations as well as through the work of DRC specialists in various global clusters.

Operational Priorities

The DRC Stand-by Roster operates on the basis of DRC’s protection mandate and prioritises deployments that have the largest potential for protective outcomes for people in need. This means that every time the DRC Stand-by Roster deploys an expert to a UN organisation to improve their response capacity, the ultimate aim is to increase the protection of people affected by conflicts and disasters. Profiles matching the core sectors of DRC emergency response are furthermore prioritized i.e. shelter, food distribution, camp management, and logistics. The DRC Stand-by Roster also supports the Transformative Agenda by deploying members to cluster coordination positions both in the field and at head quarter level, and by strengthening the members’ capacities to engage in cluster coordination.

Operational Context

The DRC Stand-by Roster operates in a context of an increasing number of emergencies that are characterized by their growing complexity due to a multitude of actors, causes, interests and implications. This trend affects humanitarian action and increases the demand for capacity and experience by those who implement responses. As a result, the demand for technical skills, specialisation, personal competencies and experience of stand-by deployees has increased dramatically over the past years, a trend which is expected to continue.

Attracting high-quality humanitarian specialists requires good human resource management and the DRC Stand-by Roster is focussed on this. We aim to become more focussed in our recruitment and capacity building investments in order to better match the requests from UN partners. We are committed to serving the best staff care as life as a deployee is hard. Measures to take care of members are prioritised and staff care policies can be found here.