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 Standby 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 Standby Partner, and holds memorandums of understanding with various UN and international organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA, OCHA, WFP, FAO, UNESCO, WHO, PAHO, IOM and UNDP to provide staffing relief in times of sudden, urgent needs.
Deployment of surge humanitarian staff is supported by:
Global Affairs Canada - Rapid Assistance Program
For over 15 years, CANADEM has held a Rapid Assistance Program (RAP) funded by Global Affairs Canada. The purpose of the RAP-Fund is to support the rapid deployment of humanitarian and disaster relief experts. We augment the personnel needs of UN agencies by staffing short-term surge posts during sudden-onset natural disasters and complex humanitarian situations. The RAP works to enhance the timeliness, reliability, and effectiveness of Canada's response to international humanitarian crises.
Most recently, Global Affairs Canada has enhanced regular support to emergencies worldwide by providing additional funding specific to Ukraine, in the amount of $500,000 CAD.
The United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) – Humanitarian Emergency Response Operation and Stabilisation (HEROS) Project
FCDO began working with CANADEM in 2013 and has steadily increased the amount of funding it has channeled through our organization. To date, CANADEM has deployed hundreds of humanitarian experts funded by FCDO, making us currently FCDO’s most used Standby partner.
When no external funding for experts can be identified, UN agencies use CANADEM as a recruiter of last resort - we staff posts that are urgent but difficult to fill. We have deployed hundreds of experts to a wide variety of UN agencies with their own internal funding, including UNFPA, UNHCR, FAO, WFP and others.
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.
What is a Standby Partner?
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 join CANADEM's Roster of Standby experts?
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.
Why are Standby Partners needed?
In order for Stand-by Partner experts to be deployable, CANADEM requires:
• Current contact information
• Current field location
• Updated resume and P11 form
• UN BSAFE certificates
• Medical clearance form
• Valid passport scan