IOM's ability to rapidly respond to a humanitarian crisis is an essential aspect of the Organization's emergency response operations. As the number of humanitarian crises increases in the world, it can become challenging to mobilize IOM's human resources to ensure that proper staff with the right profile and experience are being deployed. IOM's partnership with standby partners is an integral component of our rapid response mechanism. 

The Standby Partnership Programme (SBPP) is a network of bilateral agreements between organisations and United Nations agencies. The partnership commenced in 1991 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq where it was necessary for the UN to rapidly increase its human resources at short notice. 

It is comprised of a diverse collection of NGOs, donors and government agencies who have bilateral Memorandums of Understandings with UN organizations.

Partners provide standby personnel when there is a need to fulfill a staffing gap or complement our response team already on the ground, IOM will make a request to our SBPs for support, who will then consider whether or not they are able to provide the requested standby personnel.  

IOM's Standby Partners

IOM currently has agreements with 13 standby partners:  

  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC) 
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) 
  • (Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 
  • European Union Civil Protection Mechanism
  • Groundwater Relief (GWR) 
  • iMMAP 
  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency - Dutch Surge Support Water (RVO - DSS Water) 
  • Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) 
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) 
  • RedR Australia 
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation/Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SDC/HA) 
  • White Helmets Commission, Argentina