Stand-by Partners

Stand-by Partners are organisations which provide additional capacity in personnel and facilities to support the World Food Programme (WFP), as lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), in responding to emergencies.

Stand-by Partners hold a roster of personnel who are ready to be deployed within 72 hours upon request.

Profiles available for deployment depend on the individual organisation, but typically include Telecommunications and IT specialists, electricians and project managers:

  • Information technology (IT) officers develop, implement and maintain major local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) projects.
  • Telecommunications officers are required to install, maintain and repair radio and satellite communications equipment.
  • Electrical engineers provide electrical services for emergency operations, including the installation, maintenance and supervision of installation.
  • Project managers oversee operational and financial aspects of the project and preferably have experience in IT, telecommunications and electrical engineering.

Staff time is supplied by Stand-by Partners as ‘in kind' donations to the ETC.

Some Stand-by Partner staff members have been trained in WFP processes and technologies and can therefore assimilate into the team quickly. Because WFP is lead of the ETC for Data and Security Communication, Stand-by Partner staff work under the management of WFP.

IT Stand-by Partners have provided support in operations across the globe including Haiti, Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

For further information about becoming a Stand-by Partner please contact:



Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, humanitarian organisation founded in 1956. DRC works with all aspects of the refugee cause, with the aim of helping and promoting durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced people, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC is based on 30 member organisations and voluntary groups cooperating. Membership of the DRC is open to non-party-political, voluntary, nationwide humanitarian and international organisations that work on a democratic basis, and whose aims conform to those of the DRC.

DRC operated in more than 30 countries throughout the world, through funding provided by private and institutional donors and from selling advisory and consultancy services related to the humanitarian aid sector.

Visit Danish Refugee Council for more information.

^ Back to top is a public-private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg, HITEC Luxembourg, SES TechCom and the Luxembourg Air Ambulance. It is a satellite-based telecommunication platform that can be rapidly deployed in emergencies to provide high-speed voice and data connectivity., along with Ericsson Response and the World Food Programme (WFP) is a key component of the ETC response solution, the default solution used by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) to provide phone and internet services to humanitarian responders anywhere in the world.

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Ericsson Response

Ericsson Response is a volunteer initiative started in 2000 by Ericsson employees. Ericsson is the world's leading provider of telecommunication technology and services. When requested by partners, employees provide mobile communication solutions to support disaster relief work in partnership with humanitarian aid agencies.

Over the years, Ericsson Response has been involved in a number of humanitarian relief operations, including emergency operations in Afghanistan, Turkey, Vietnam, Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, South Sudan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Haiti. Currently more than 130 volunteers from 35 countries are involved in the program.

Visit Ericsson Response for more information. 


In the words of: Jeremy Foster - November 2012

South Sudan pioneers ETC response solution - March 2012

Ericsson Response wraps up in Haiti - August 2010

Meet Stig Lindstrom - February 2010

Don't worry! We'll connect you! - February 2010


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France Coopération Internationale

Created in 2002, France Coopération Internationale (FCI) is a development agency mandated by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. FCI mobilises French technical expertise, both from the public and the private sector, to intervene in international cooperation and development projects, financed by multilateral donors (European Commission, UN agencies, Regional Development Banks), bilateral donors (DFID, SIDA etc) or individual States.

FCI has a proven record of expertise in numerous areas of development including:

  • Support for the design of public policies in fields related to the Millennium Development Goals (health, education, gender equality, environment), but also rule of law, agriculture, human safety and research and technology
  • Transition and reform in view of European integration
  • Needs assessments in post-crisis situation and civilian crisis management
  • Strengthening civil society organizations as active participants of governance process and promotion of Human Rights.

FCI has experience in more than 40 countries across North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Visit France Coopération Internationale for more information.

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Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s Official Development Cooperation programme. The programme works in partnership with governments and communities in the developing world to alleviate poverty through helping them meet basic needs and through strengthening their capacity to help themselves. It also has a special focus on the fostering of human rights and democracy.

The key principles of Irish Aid are:

  • Poverty focus
  • Geographic focus
  • Untied aid
  • Partnership
  • Effectiveness
  • Accountability
  • Coherence

Visit Irish Aid for more information.


Meet Oliver Tormey - November 2012

Irish Aid keeps the power on in Kenya - October 2011

There are no practise runs at life - April 2010

Irish Aid helping in Haiti - April 2010


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Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection & Emergency Planning (Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap)

The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection & Emergency Planning (Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap in Norwegian) (DSB) is the national public authority for municipal and inter-municipal fire services, the local electrical safety inspection authorities and the county governors emergency preparedness and response work.

In addition to its domestic responsibilities, through partnering with organisations such as the WFP, DSB operates on an international level to relieve poverty and suffering and assist developing countries to recover from emergency situations.

Visit Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection & Emergency Planning for more information. 

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Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent, humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which provides assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide.

NRC promotes and protects the rights of people who have been forced to flee their countries, or their homes within their countries. It is the only Norwegian organisation that specialises in international efforts aimed at this target group.

NRC was established in 1946 under the name Aid to Europe, to assist refugees in Europe after World War II. Today NRC is organised as an independent, private foundation that operates in close cooperation with UN agencies and other organisations around the world as well as in Norway.

NRC operates an emergency roster - NORCAP - consisting of over 850 men and women. On 72 hours notice these individuals can deploy anywhere in the world to support the UN and other international organisations in all phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness, emergency response and early recovery.

Visit Norwegian Refugee Council for more information.


MEET: Ismael Cabra, NRC - June 2010


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RedR Australia

RedR Australia provides emergency assistance to communities devastated by conflict or major natural disasters by selecting, training and providing competent and effective personnel to humanitarian relief programs worldwide.

As a Stand-by Partner, RedR Australia maintains a register of qualified personnel who possess skills, knowledge and expertise crucial to ongoing humanitarian efforts around the world.

In the past decade RedR Australia has expanded the breadth of its register and has gained a well-earned reputation for training and providing highly skilled and experienced technical experts for disaster and humanitarian relief to United Nations Stand-by Partners and to international and national non-government organisations.

Visit RedR Australia for more information.


ETC establish connectivity in Yida, South Sudan - August 2012

On the road in South Sudan - July 2011

Disaster Relief in Pakistan - May 2011

RedR Australia in Haiti - June 2010

A Stand-by Partner fresh from New Zealand - December 2009


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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap)

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap in Swedish) (MSB) is the country’s national authority committed to enhancing and supporting societal capacities for preparedness for, and prevention of, emergencies and crises.

In addition to its civil responsibilities, MSB contributes to emergency response at an international level in cooperation with various partners. MSB’s international operations can be of very different types, from emergency search and rescue operations following an earthquake to long-term projects aimed at strengthening a country’s capacity for handling its own future disasters.

Visit Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency for more information.


MEET: Camilla Hansson - Nov 2010

MEET: Ake Johansson - Aug 2010

Stand-by Partners jumping head first into Indonesia - Dec 2009


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German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Through disaster recovery operations and long-term reconstruction projects, the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) implements humanitarian aid worldwide on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Although THW is a federal authority, 99% of all members – more than 70,000 people – are volunteers. These volunteers provide expertise in the following areas:

  • Technical Hazard Prevention
  • Technical Assistance in the Infrastructure Field
  • Command / Communication, Logistics
  • Technical Assistance for Environmental Protection
  • Population Supplies
  • Additional Technical Assistance

THW has provided humanitarian assistance after drought periods, civil wars and earthquakes in Africa, Europe and South America, as well as in South and South-East Asia after the Tsunami disaster.

Visit THW for more information.

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