Humanitarian Response at CANADEM

CANADEM quickly deploys experts to support UN agencies’ personnel needs during rapid-onset humanitarian emergencies and disasters and for protracted crises within the Stand-by Partnership Program. Our experts, serving with Humanitarian Cluster Leads*, improve the delivery of relief efforts in areas such as shelter, gender, child protection, nutrition, security, logistics, etc. to successfully contribute to the well-being of local and displaced vulnerable groups.

CANADEM ‘s experts can deploy in 48-72 hours, providing immediate expertise through their many years of experience. Our experts have proven time and again that they can hit the ground running and make that crucial contribution under challenging circumstances.

CANADEM has become an integral UN Stand-by Partner, and holds memorandums of understanding with various UN and international organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA, WFP, FAO, UNESCO, WHO, PAHO, IOM and UNDP to provide staffing relief in times of sudden, urgent needs.

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*In 2005, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee established Cluster Leads to coordinate the international community’s response to humanitarian emergencies into 10 specific sectors (or “clusters”): water and sanitation, nutrition, protection, shelter, camp coordination and management, early recovery, agriculture, education, logistics, emergency telecoms.

For more information on the UN Clusters, have a look at the ICRC’s instructive video:

The UN Cluster Approach

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What is a Standby Partner?

Stand-by Partners are organizations which provide surge capacity support to United Nations (UN) organisations responding to humanitarian emergencies through the secondment of gratis personnel. Each Stand-by Partner maintains a roster of humanitarian professionals who are ready to be deployed within 72 hours to fill staffing needs in UN operations.

Why join CANADEM's Roster of Standby experts?

Coordinating with the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, Stand-by personnel benefit from rewarding and challenging fieldwork experience and derive satisfaction from seeing the positive impact of their work on people’s lives. CANADEM quickly deploys Canadian experts to support UN agencies’ personnel needs during rapid-onset humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Our experts, serving with Humanitarian Cluster Leads, improve the delivery of relief efforts to successfully contribute to the well-being of local and displaced vulnerable groups.

Why are Standby Partners needed?

Stand-by Partners enable the UN to provide short-term staffing to field operations to meet emergency gaps. The partner organizations maintain their own rosters of trained and experienced humanitarian professionals, many of whom have prior UN humanitarian experience from which they may propose staff against requests made. Stand-by Partner experts can be deployed within days of receiving a formal request, due to CANADEM’s advanced screening and experts’ submission of required documents. Average mission duration is three to six months.

What does CANADEM need from me to join the Standby Roster?

In order for Stand-by Partner experts to be deployable, CANADEM requires:
• Current contact information
• Current field location
• Availability
• Updated resume and P11 form
• UN BSAFE certificates
• Medical clearance form
• Valid passport scan