In sudden humanitarian crises, UNICEF country offices and CSOs can face operational requirements that cannot be met immediately. Standby arrangements are a tool for strengthening emergency response capacity. Under such an arrangement, partners maintain a pool of operational resources including personnel, technical expertise, services and equipment that can be deployed to UNICEF to enhance the response capacity at the onset of an emergency.
While standby arrangements are primarily made to support immediate response to a rapid-onset emergency, these partnerships have helped to strengthen capacity development of partner countries for emergency preparedness and risk reduction. Standby arrangements are established through in-kind contractual arrangements. Increasingly they support the broader IASC global cluster response.
Example of Standby Arrangements between UNICEF and CSOs
The Danish Refugee Council, Save the Children Sweden and Norwegian Refugee Council are UNICEF standby partners. Standby arrangements with these organizations have provided the basis for the global Child Protection Cluster Rapid Response Team. Each of the three partners has pledged to assign a full-time staff member who can be deployed within 48 hours to support a humanitarian crisis as child protection cluster coordinator or in support of the cluster lead.