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Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative

Ireland's Humanitarian Standby Roster, the Rapid Response Corps, is currently closed for recruitment.

Under Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative, we regularly deploy, at short notice, highly-skilled and experienced individuals from our Rapid Response Corps roster to work as surge capacity with Ireland’s UN Stand-by partners as part of their humanitarian and emergency response efforts.

The Rapid Response Corps (RRC) currently comprises over 120 experts with specialised skills in logistics, engineering, water and sanitation, humanitarian coordination, protection and other areas. Most have worked extensively overseas in humanitarian and/or development settings.

Individual members of the Corps are deployed at the request of those UN humanitarian agencies with which Ireland has concluded formal bilateral Standby Agreements under the UN Stand-by Partnership Programme. These four UN agencies are the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Since September 2007, over 400 deployments have been made from Ireland’s Rapid Response Corps. The majority have deployed to crises in Africa, particularly inthe Horn of Africa and in West, Central & Southern Africa, and others have deployed to crises in the Middle East, and to sudden onset crises in Haiti, the Philippines & Nepal.

Irish Aid provides comprehensive induction training to all new Roster members, in conjunction with the Defence Forces’ UN Training School Ireland (UNTSI) in the Curragh Camp. The most recent training was held in March 2019. We also encourage and support our Roster members to participate in UN and other donors’ specialised training courses from time to time, for example in civil-military coordination, child protection in emergencies, emergency preparedness and response, cluster coordination and gender-based violence in emergencies.