Stand-by partnerships for the provision of experts - Report on 2015 deployments

Stand-by partnerships for the provision of experts - Report on 2015 deployments
Apr 2016

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s stand-by partnerships (SBP) are an invaluable source of support for FAO in emergencies as well as in protracted crisis situations. SBPs (Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC/NORCAP), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), iMMAP, CANADEM, RedR Australia and DFID) contribute to FAO’s mandate not only through surge support but also through the provision of longer term experts that assist in the area of resilience building and disaster risk management (DRM).

In 2015, FAO responded to corporate Level 3 (L3) emergencies in South Sudan and Central African Republic, system-wide L3 emergencies such as Iraq, Yemen, Syria and the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and other emergencies like the earthquakes in Nepal and the first phases of response to the El Niño phenomenon. SBPs provided support to several of these emergencies through the secondment of qualified staff in a very short time frame.

Throughout the year, 33 deployments were undertaken through stand by arrangements. Of these, eight were initiated in previous years, and continued into 2015, and 15 are continuing into 2016. Partners provided FAO with a total of 4 851 deployment days (approximately 162 person months), 4 237 of which fully funded, the rest covered by FAO through cost-sharing. The highest number of days was provided through the NORCAP roster, as shown in the below graph. DFID funded four deployments through CANADEM, one through NORCAP and one through RedR Australia.