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: email@example.com