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Personnel mobilisation





This is done in collaboration with the Human Resource office. Personnel must be mobilised as quickly as possible to meet the emergency operations needs. Once the staff needs have been identified, the office should agree on the most appropriate recruitment.   





Recruitment options





Mobilising existing personnel, preferably those pre-identified and trained.





Requesting the deployment of emergency staff within the organisation 





Rapid external recruitment of national staff locally





Rapid recruitment of international emergency staff.










Factors to consider when selecting emergency personnel :





  • What are the most important staffing factors for the emergency team?
  • Level of experience in an emergency context
  • Overall number of personnel required considering budget limitations
  • Balance of knowledge and skills required within the team
  • Level of sector experience deemed necessary for specific roles
  • Balance of gender and diversity within the team
  • Local or regional knowledge
  • Language ability
  • Health considerations and specific security threats to individuals or the team based on the advice of the Security office
  • Location of the emergency
  • Proximity to the disaster and availability for rapid deployment





Other additional considerations for Human Resource during assessment and start-up of operations:

  • The assessment stage typically demands a high level of expertise. The staff must be able to operate in high-risk environment with minimum support or supervision.
  • Gender and diversity factors must be considered in an emergency context to ensure that all staff are able to work effectively and that there is a balanced team.
  • The organisation may need to modify the work and living conditions, environment or location to prevent or minimise the exclusion of some staff from the emergency operation  










  • Quickly decide on the most appropriate source of recruitment and define critical factors in personnel selection appropriate to the emergency.
  • Mobilise existing personnel/Emergency Response Team as the first response.
  • Request for mobilisation of the international emergency response personnel in adherence to emergency guidelines
  • Apply adapted rapid recruitment procedures to national recruitment to fill national staffing needs quickly.
  • Apply adapted rapid recruitment procedures to international recruitment to fill international staffing needs quickly.