Stand-by Partners

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The Stand-by Partnerships are a key element of UNESCO’s sustained efforts to strengthen its response capacity in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster (PCPD) situations, in a climate of increasing demands on limited funds.

The Stand-by Partners are organizations which maintain large rosters of qualified secondees who can be deployed rapidly to field offices on UNESCO’s request. The related procedures are outlined in the following User guide: "The Stand-by Partnership Users’ Guide".

UNESCOs’ two major Stand-by Partner Organizations are:

Secondee support to UNESCO

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The secondees assume tasks and responsibilities related to UNESCO's work in PCPD situations that would have not been otherwise possible.

They help UNESCO maintain prominent presence in humanitarian response by, inter alia:

  • Establishing links with crucial partners;
  • Making valuable contributions to UNESCO's preparation and submission of proposals in humanitarian appeals;
  • Managing projects and providing their technical expertise to meet projects milestones;
  • Making substantive contributions to capacity-building and training activities;

Secondees from Stand-by Partner Organizations are currently deployed to UNESCO Field Offices: in Ramallah (occupied Palestinian territory - oPt), for Iraq based in Amman (Jordan), in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), in Guatemala (Guatemala), in Kathmandu (Nepal), in Windhoek (Namibia - jointly with UNICEF) and UNESCO/PCPD Unit in the Education Sector at Headquarters.

Secondees deployed in Haiti

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The deployment of stand-by personnel from the Norwegian Refugee Council to UNESCO Office in Port au Prince after the earthquake of 12th January 2010, is a salient example of how such short term secondments can strengthen UNESCO’s emergency response capacity. 

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