WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization working towards zero hunger by 2030. WFP has a dual mandate of “Saving Lives and Changing Lives”, meaning it works both in emergency preparedness and response, and in sustainable development and resilience projects, providing assistance to more than 97 million people across 88 countries in 2019.

WFP delivers food, cash and other assistance in emergencies, as well as focusing on helping countries to counter the effects of pending emergencies. WFP is tackling emergencies in 16 countries or regions (as of 2020), the majority fuelled by conflict.

At the same time, WFP focuses on sustainable development, promoting long-term change by working in partnership with national governments and communities. WFP is funded entirely by donations from governments, companies and private individuals.

In addition to the above, WFP is the leading agency of the Logistics Cluster, co-leading the Food Security Cluster with FAO, and managing both the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). Finally, it also provides logistics and supply chain services to the humanitarian community.

Involvement with SBP


The first Standby Partnership Agreements (SBA) were signed by WFP in 1996, after which a total of 26 SBAs were signed (as of October 2020). These are entities of very different kind, ranging from Governmental agencies, to NGOs and private sector. Although initially conceived mainly as a deployment mechanism for Logistics, the areas in which Standby Partners support WFP has expanded, now covering all thematic areas of WFP.

The Standby Partner support is pivotal for WFP’s operations worldwide, complementing the organization meet gaps and needs. The Standby Partner personnel deployments are used for two main reasons:

  1. WFP needs temporary surge or support in emergency situations but does not have sufficient capacity.

  2. WFP needs a specific technical expertise which is not available.

In addition to the deployment of personnel, Standby Partners also support WFP with Service Modules. These consist in a combination of personnel, equipment and or services such as deployments and management of basecamps, engineering and construction projects, multi sectoral assessment missions, IT equipment and solutions, and teams of experts working on specific co-designed projects.

The team in WFP managing the Standby Partnership deployments, relationship, and identification of new partners is ALITE, within the Emergency Operations Division at WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Available deployable profiles

  1. Programme / food aid & assistance

  2. Programme / Cash based transfers

  3. Supply Chain

  4. Information Management

  5. TEC/Telecoms

  6. Engineering

  7. Nutrition

  8. Emergency Preparedness

  9. Gender

  10. Partnership

  11. HR/Finance/admin and other support functions

  12. Climate change/energy

  13. Disaster risk reduction

  14. Medical/Paramedical

  15. Beneficiaries Registration (scope)

  16. Conflict Analysis

  17. GBV

  18. Protection / CFM

  19. Civil Military Coordination

  20. Advocacy

UN Partners