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

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As a standby partner to the United Nations, CANADEM is responding to rapid Humanitarian Relief Efforts such as the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, ISIS (ISIL) in Iraq, 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 Ukraine, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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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 UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

CANADEM Assists the Humanitarian Relief Efforts to Combat the Ebola Outbreak

CANADEM is assisting the humanitarian crisis in west Africa through the rapid deployment of Humanitarian Relief Experts in response to the Ebola outbreak. It is the largest Ebola outbreak in history, affecting multiple countries in west Africa, including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The outbreak began in December 2013, but went undetected until March 2014 after spreading beyond Guinea. As of mid-September, the World Health Organization has reported over 4,300 suspected cases and over 2,300 deaths. The Ebola outbreak is expected to continue for at least another 6 to 9 months, as long as a 'massive' global response is implemented. CANADEM has so far deployed close to 10 Experts to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia to assist with relief efforts combatting the outbreak.


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 2.5 million.

As a response to the crisis, rapid humanitarian assistance from humanitarian actors and agencies has been provided, and these efforts have continued in 2014. CANADEM has so far deployed over 25 Experts to Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq in order to assist with the humanitarian crisis.

CANADEM Recruiting Election Observers for Ukraine 2014 October Elections

The Government of Canada graciously provided funding to CANADEM to send Canadians to join the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Observation Mission of the October 26, 2014 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine. That election has been successfully completed, and CANADEM salutes the dedication of the 101 Canadian volunteer OSCE observers in their support of international democracy.

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 22,000 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.