CANADEM is a Canadian Stand-by Partner to United Nations agencies during rapid-onset humanitarian emergencies and disasters

As a standby partner, CANADEM is responding to rapid Humanitarian Relief Efforts such as those in the Philippines, as well as to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Alongside these rapid-onset emergencies, we also support humanitarian efforts in protracted crises in areas such as Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

CANADEM will continue to work with our UN and international Partners to respond to these crises through the generous contributions from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Department for International Development (DFID).

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CANADEM Responds to Humanitarian Relief Efforts in the Philippines

CANADEM is responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines through the rapid deployment of Humanitarian Relief Experts in Response to Typhoon Haiyen. On 8-November-2013, Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 tropical storm, swept through the Philippines, a densely populated country of 92 million people, wreaking devastation in 36 provinces. Many cities and towns experienced widespread destruction, with as much as 90 per cent of housing destroyed in some areas.

Since November, 14.1 million people have been affected by the typhoon and 4.1 million have been displaced as a result. The international community continues to provide relief effort throughout the country. Distribution of emergency food-aid will continue up to May 2014, camp coordination and management has been provided to emergency shelters and camps across the country, and learning supplies and materials have been provided to children. Notwithstanding these efforts, the situation in the Philippines continues to be critical.


CANADEM Responds to the Ongoing Conflict in Syria

In 2011, a series of demonstrations throughout Syria led to an ongoing armed conflict between Government Forces and rebel groups that quickly spread to all countries in the region. Humanitarian actors became involved in order to assist the internally displaced population in Syria, as well as the millions of refugees in neighbouring countries. To date, the total number of registered Syrian refugees with UNHCR has reached over 2.3 million.

As a response to the crisis, rapid humanitarian assistance from humanitarian actors and agencies has been provided, and these efforts will continue in 2014. CANADEM has so far deployed 5 Experts to neighbouring countries in order to assist with the humanitarian crisis.


Established in 1996, CANADEM is a non-profit agency dedicated to advancing international peace and security through the rostering, rapid mobilization, and mission management of experts committed to international service.

CANADEM maintains a roster of over 20,000 experienced Canadian and international experts. Our end-users include the United Nations, the Canadian Government, inter-governmental organizations, other governments, and non-governmental entities of all kinds.

Our operations range from individual recruitments and deployments, to complex program-management and mission-management including election observation, humanitarian assistance, and governance capacity-building.

CANADEM's Roster of Experts is the only roster worldwide whose primary mandate is to assist United Nations recruitment. Read more.

CANADEM comprises 3 primary divisions:


Roster - Matching Experts with International Vacancies

The Roster Division recruits, screens, and matches civilian experts with position vacancies in the areas of peacebuilding, development and civil reconstruction. To do this, we maintain a database of over 20,000 experts and specialists in areas including:

altHuman Rights
altWater & Sanitation
altDemocratization altSecurity and Policing altHumanitarian Aid
altElection Observation
altRule of law altAdmin-logistics

The Roster Team screens experts to a short-list standard, confirming technical skills and critically-important interpersonal skills and personal capacity to determine individual abilities to work effectively in the field.

Looking for experts? CANADEM experts have 8-25 years specialized experience. Over 50% of our experts are bilingual (French-English), and over 70% speak other languages.

Benefits of Registering: We register you for free, and your expertise will be brought to the attention of international recruiters. You will be contacted whenever an organization seeks someone with your skill-set, including positions closed to the general public. You decide if you want your resume sent to the requesting agency.

Deployments and in-field support


Our Deployment Division specializes in emergency and surge capacity rapid deployment to get expertise where it is needed — FAST!

altDeploy civilian experts all over the globe.

altManage all contractual arrangements, travel requirements, medical clearances, etc.

altProvide in-field support including accommodation, equipment, ongoing liaison with experts and stakeholders, and ongoing strategic reports to end users.

International Field Experience Program

Get Experience! If you want an international career, then this is your first stop. Whether you are a mid-career professional changing course, or have just graduated, CANADEM's International Field Experience Programme can show you the way.

You tell us what your geographic and sectoral interest is and we will position you there. If you can fund your way, we can provide you with the training, and hands-on, in-country experience you need to launch your international career. Additionally, CANADEM provides information - direct from the field - you need to know to steer in the right direction.