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Subodha Kuruppu Arachchige Surge Advisor experience in Afghanistan UNDP country office

Rapid deployment in real time

SURGE Country Support

Through its Global Policy Network, and its outposted hubs in each programme region, UNDP facilitates locally appropriate and integrated support to Country Offices in real time. UNDP's rapid-deployment SURGE capacity includes staff and roster deployments, catalytic funding, and technical accompaniment. 

UNDP’s corporate SURGE roster and ExpRes Roster capacities have enabled deployment of over 5,700 advisors and experts to 167 offices in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan period.


SURGE roster

Countries experiencing crisis need immediate access to the right people and tools to create a plan for moving forward and leaving no one behind, so we act before a crisis even hits, with scaffolded capacities and guidance for crisis response. SURGE Advisors are trusted UNDP staff trained and ready for rapid deployment within days. These experts are selected for their extensive field experience in crisis, knowledge of immediate crisis response situations, and technical expertise.



ExpRes roster

The ExpRes Roster deploys pre-vetted consultants for quick support to UNDP Country Offices, Regional Bureaus, and Regional Hubs for crisis preparedness, response, and recovery.

ExpRes Roster


UNV Tandem Teams

As an additional asset, the UN Volunteers (UNV) Tandem Teams Initiative offers various national and international UNVs, with over 100 professional profiles with diverse expertise and language skills.

UNV Tandem Teams


Capacity mapping

UNDP has also undertaken the first organization-wide capacity mapping using artificial intelligence, in order ensure that we have the right people in the right place at the right time, harnessing the vast expertise and experience of UNDP’s global workforce, in line with the People for 2030 strategy. 


SURGE Delivery Lab

The SURGE Delivery Lab is an initiative of the UNDP Crisis Bureau providing immediate short-term delivery and operations support to country offices.

SURGE Delivery Lab