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African Standby Capacity

August 18, 2018

Access to rostering membership for various civilian thematic professional areas

The African Union Commission (AUC), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Regional Mechanisms (RMs) regularly recruit and deploy a range of civilian personnel for a broad spectrum of peace and security operations across the African continent. In particular, these organizations undertake conflict prevention initiatives, mediation missions, deploy multi-dimensional peace support operations and conduct post-conflict reconstruction and development needs assessments and interventions, among other forms of engagement. This has necessitated the development of a trained and dedicated pool of experts for deployment to assist with the management of deployments in a more effective and efficient manner. These deployments are aimed at ensuring that the AUC and the RECs and RMs can rapidly identify and deploy the needed personnel for their operations should urgency so demand.

Recognizing that civilian expertise, which is often cross-cutting, is required for an array of peace and security operations, the AUC, RECs and RMs have established the African Standby Capacity (ASC) which constitutes rostered and pre-trained experts that are available at short notice for deployment. The ASC is coordinated by the AUC at continental level with RECs/RMs also managing and coordinating regional rosters whose experts are also available to the AUC should any expertise be unavailable in any other roster.

In practical terms, the AUC, RECs and RMs use the ASC in order to identify, screen, train, recruit and deploy relevantly qualified personnel in order to allow for effective and rapid deployment in response to threats to African peace and security. Any person interested in becoming a member of the ASC roster, the first step is to contact your regional rostering Focal Point and register your interest and then you will be guided on how to apply on line and be taken through the registration process. You can also access the regional website in order for you to familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions of the ASC database.

For information please go to the ASC website here.

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