The IGAD roster of DRM experts is a human resource mechanism put in place to meet challenges of rapid deployment or needs for unmet expertise. The concept supports the idea of a stand-by or standing capacity.
It is an inter-governmental roster that mainly serves to fill seconded positions within member states institutions. The roster members are mostly civil servants from all IGAD member states, already on assignments and who can be available on a very short notice for the duration of a given mission. However, the roster is not limited to Member States’ civil servants and is complemented with individuals of diverse expertise and background.
The overall objective of this roster is to have a pool of experts in various disciplines, at disposal of IGAD member states and who can be mobilized at any moment on specific DRM issues, depending on their needs.
Specific objectives include (i) providing a rapid and effective solution to the lack of a specific expertise within a member states institutions, and; (ii) stimulating knowledge exchange and capacity building among member states.
By doing so, the IGAD member states are strengthening their own capacities and are making significant progress on specific DRM issues whether it relates to the understanding of the risks, the reduction of the risks, the management of disasters or the recovery post-disaster.
Area of expertise
DRM is a multi-sector approach that requires a large range of expertise. Therefore, the roster experts can provide support on the whole cycle of DRM including institutional strengthening, risk identification, risk reduction, preparation and response to disasters, and recovery.
All types of risks are targeted such as drought, floods, conflict, epidemics outbreaks, seismic, locust, etc.
In this regard, the profile of roster members include scientists, public policy specialists, territorial planners, humanitarian professionals, recovery specialists, communication specialists, IT specialists, GIS specialists, agronomists, etc.
In addition to the area of expertise, all assignment will have a capacity transfer component. This will contribute to build the capacities of the host institution in the long term.
Type of mission
Roster members are mobilized for short-term missions that usually do not exceed 3 months. Extensions to a longer-term period can occur upon request from the beneficiary institution and agreement from the expert’s host institution.
The mission settings are diverse, experts can be mobilized either in response to an emergency or in a normal, peaceful context. They can be deployed on the ground, at local level or at national level. While most of the missions are taking place within the IGAD region, experts can also be deployed to another region upon request of an AU Member State, an AU Regional Economic Community, or another international organization such as the UN or the AFDB for example.
The deployment process starts with a need within an institution. Once the need is identified and assessed, the institution in need develops the terms of reference of the mission, highlighting how the mission will address the identified need.
The requesting institution sends the request to the Roster secretariat, based at ICPAC, in Nairobi, Kenya.
After having received the official request and all supporting documents from the requesting institution, the Roster secretariat looks into the roster database for experts with the right profile.
The Roster secretariat identifies 3 individuals with the right profile, informs their host-institution that they have been pre-selected for a mission, and confirms their availability. The Secretariat then sends the CVs of those individuals to the requesting institution. The 3 CVs are then reviewed by the requesting institution, which selects one of them.
Once the requesting institution has selected a roster member, it informs the roster secretariat of its choice and the secretariat informs the host-institution to which the roster member belongs of its selection. The institution must release the expert within a time period that should not exceed one month for normal assignments and that should not exceed three days for emergency response assignments.
Once an expert is deployed on mission, he/she is under the responsibility of the receiving institution. The receiving institution makes sure that the working conditions are optimum and safe.