Surge Capacity: Resources

Emergency Response Roster (ERR)

Forty-five OCHA staff are currently listed on the ERR. They have a variety of profiles, they are based in field offices and at headquarters, and they can deploy within a few days, usually for six to eight weeks. Staff are placed on the roster for a six-month rotation period, with supervisors pre-clearing their emergency deployment. Every six months, all OCHA staff are invited to apply for the next ERR rotation.

Stand-By Partnership Programme (SBPP)

OCHA has legal agreements with 14 partner organizations to provide short-term staffing to field operations free of charge to meet emergency gaps. The partners maintain their own rosters of trained and experienced humanitarian professionals, many of whom have OCHA or other UN humanitarian experience.  When a surge request is sent by OCHA to the partners, the partners respond by providing candidates who match the terms of reference and are subsequently shared with the OCHA country office for consideration. SBPP staff can usually be deployed within four weeks of the formal request. An average mission lasts between five and six months.

Associates Surge Pool (ASP)

Launched in October 2010, the ASP bridges the gap between immediate surge and the arrival of regular staff. It also addresses other critical mid-term staffing gaps. The ASP comprises external emergency personnel who can be deployed for up to six months upon the issuance of a Temporary Appointment (using the budget line of empty posts in receiving-office cost plans). Contracting and deployment preparations take an average of three to four weeks. The ASP can deploy humanitarian affairs officers, information management officers and public information officers.

Roaming Emergency Surge Officers (RESOs) and Roaming Operations Stability Officers (ROSOs)

The RESO and ROSO positions were created following a need to have senior surge staff available to deploy to new and escalating emergencies for up to three months to provide leadership and stability to OCHA operations. They spend 80 per cent of their time in the field and 20 per cent at headquarters. When not in the field, RESOs and ROSO work with the Surge Staff Development Team to develop and deliver trainings, and to support lesson learning and other exercises to improve OCHA emergency response during non-deployment periods.

The profiles and grades of staff available through the ERR and SBPP include:
  • Humanitarian affairs officers (HAOs) P-2 to P-5
  • Information management officers (IMOs)
  • Public information officers (PIOs)/advocacy officers/Communication with Affected Communities (CwC)
  • Information technology (IT) experts
  • Civil-military coordination officers
  • Protection officers
  • Admin/finance officers
  • Logisticians
  • Environmental Field Advisors
  • Needs Assessment Analysts

ProCap and GenCap

The Gender Stand-by Capacity Project (GenCap) and ProCap consist of two pools of 30 Gender Advisers and 30 Senior Protection Officers at a P-4/ P-5 level to be deployed on short notice as an inter-agency resource to support the UN Humanitarian/Resident Coordinators (HC/RC), humanitarian country teams and cluster/sectors leads, in the initial stages of sudden-onset emergencies as well as in protracted or recurring humanitarian situations.

Experts in strategic response plans, preliminary response plans and environmental emergencies can also be deployed through the relevant specialized sections within OCHA.

Related  Documents
Mapping of 2015 Deployments
Surge Capacity Overview - 2015
Surge Capacity: Quick Facts