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Stand-by partnerships for the provision of experts - Report on 2013 deployments
In order to boost its capacity to respond to emergencies, FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (TCE), has entered into formal agreements with a number of entities which manage and operate large rosters of humanitarian personnel to be deployed to UN agencies on an in-kind basis. These are known in the UN humanitarian context as stand-by partners (SBP).
FAO’s stand-by partnerships have proven to be a valuable asset to FAO in preparing and responding quickly and effectively to emergencies worldwide, facilitating access to experienced and qualified emergency personnel, deployable as surge capacity in very rapid time-frames. In addition to augmenting FAO surge or rapid response operations, personnel from SBP rosters can, in certain contexts, also be used to support medium and longer-term interventions.
In 2013, stand-by partners provided FAO with 117 person-months (103 of which fully funded, the rest covered by FAO through cost-sharing) distributed in 20 deployments. Of these, 12 were initiated in previous years and continued into 2013/2014, and the remaining eight started in 2013.