The DRC Stand-by Roster

The DRC Stand-by Roster

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Stand-By Roster (SBR) aims to support and strengthen the capacity of UN to deliver timely, effective and accountable humanitarian response to the needs of people affected by conflicts and natural disasters. The DRC SBR does so through capacity building and high quality rapid deployments of experts to UN emergency operations.

The DRC SBR has deployed expert personnel to UN’s humanitarian relief operations since 1991 and for more than 20 years the deployments have helped UN to assist people in need in crisis situations.

The DRC SBR has stand-by agreements with nine different UN partners; UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNRWA, IOM, and FAO. Among partners, DRC is known for high quality performance, flexibility, reliability, commitment, and strong partnership spirit. 

The overall objective of the DRC SBR is;

To strengthen the UN organizations’ humanitarian response capacity related to refugees, internally displaced persons and other groups affected by displacement caused by man-made crisis or natural disasters.

Strategic Vision
The DRC SBR operates on the basis of DRC’s protection mandate, in line with the Danish Government's strategic focus, as outlined in the Strategy for Danish Humanitarian Action 2010-2015 (PDF 5.2MB) and its strategic focus on protection of the most vulnerable populations.

DRC SBRs commitment to the protection mandate is not merely an overall objective. Rather, it forms the basis for how priorities are set and resources are used. The DRC SBR prioritises and responds to deployments that have the largest potential for protective outcomes for people in need. This means that every time the DRC SBR 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. The protection mandate of the DRC furthermore guides the DRC SBR’s actions and initiatives as a strategic partner to UN agencies. 


DRC Member Roster
The main activity of the DRC SBR is to manage a Member Roster of about 350 highly qualified members of various nationalities and with a variety of professional profiles and experiences. The DRC Member Roster consists of committed, professional and high-performing humanitarian workers who are available for rapid deployments to UN operations worldwide.

The DRC Member Roster is funded by Danida and as such forms a part of the Danish International Humanitarian Rosters, which consists of Rosters managed by the DRC, the Danish Red Cross, and the Danish MSF. In total, the International Humanitarian Rosters hold around 1000 members ready for fast deployment in a wide range of sectors.

The DRC Member Roster contains a broad variety of competencies, however focuses on the core profiles; Protection (including Child Protection), Logistics, Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Coordination, Camp Management, Shelter & Site Planning, as well as the development profiles; Food Security, Information Management (Database and analysis), and Cash & Voucher. Members are deployed to positions that match their professional background following a standard request from a UN partner organization.

Read more about membership and how to become a member of the DRC Member Roster.

DRC Member Roster – Trainee Program
The DRC Member Roster includes a Trainee Program, aimed at developing skills and providing experience to young and motivated candidates with little or no field experience. 

A trainee deployment requires a UN organization to identify a duty station with a mentor to supervise and guide the mentee through all stages of working in the humanitarian field. 

Upon a successful mentor deployment, the mentee becomes a general member of the DRC Member Roster.

Read more about membership and how to become a member of the Trainee Program.

From January 2013, DRC SBR takes up the administration responsibility of the UNHCR RSD Roster. Members of the UNHCR RSD Roster are experts within the field of Refugee Status Determination. They are deployed to RSD positions following requests from the UNHCR RSD Unit and/or UNHCR Operations/Bureaus, and the deployments are funded by UNHCR. 

DRC SBR will administer the UNHCR RSD Roster already established by UNHCR and with time expand and advance it through further recruitments.

Read more about membership and how to become a member of the UNHCR RSD Roster.

DRC External Deployment Scheme
DRC SBR has during the last couple of years developed an External Deployment Scheme. This applies when UN partners wish for a specific candidate to be deployed to a certain position, for which they have the funding. DRC SBR will in such cases assist UN with swift deployment of the candidate, using the administrative system of the SBR to do so. 

Candidates deployed under the DRC External Deployment Scheme are in most cases not part of the DRC Member Roster. When deployed they hold the same rights and responsibilities as members of the Member Roster, but they are not contacted by DRC directly for further deployments, and not offered the development and capacity building opportunities members of the Member Roster are offered.

Read more about the External Deployment Scheme.

UNHCR-DRC Investigation Specialist Roster

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has established and is managing on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) a UNHCR-DRC Investigation Specialist Roster (ISR). The roster comprises persons with substantial and specialized investigative background and experience, available on short notice to carry out investigations into allegations of staff misconduct.


Providing the right people at the right time takes focused recruitment and targeted human resource development. New members are recruited to the DRC SBR’s deployment schemes through a comprehensive process where candidates are screened, interviewed, reviewed, and tested prior to deployments. 

Read more about membership and how to become a member of the DRC Member Roster.

Read more about membership and how to become a member of the UNHCR RSD Roster.

Preparation, capacity building and monitoring are the cornerstones of the DRC SBR’s human resource development. 

As part of an ongoing capacity development, members of the DRC Member Roster are throughout their membership offered opportunities for personal and professional development through participation in various trainings and workshops. 

Member of the UNHCR RSD Roster will be offered to participate in trainings through UNHCR when such are hosted in relation to an ongoing deployment.

Read more about training and capacity development for members of the Member Roster.

See an overview of useful links and resources for personal capacity development.


The DRC SBR’s activities go well beyond the supply of expert personnel to the UN. On the basis of the deployment scheme, the DRC SBR has become a strategic partner and an active player in driving positive changes within the UN system.

Through its operational and strategic engagement with UN agencies the DRC SBR is engaged in a number of innovative projects, such as the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS), a common humanitarian service for IDP profiling, developed in cooperation with UNHCR, UNFPA, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). To read more about JIPS;

As a support, to strengthen the capacity of UNICEF to rapid deploy Child Protection coordination staff to emergencies, DRC SBR has since start 2011 deployed expert staff to UNICEF’s Child Protection Rapid Response Team (RRT). 

Read more about the DRC SBR’s strategic partnership and role in the implementation of the Humanitarian Reform.