When Danish experts go abroad to observe elections and handle crisis situations, NIRAS will watch over them and manage their stay.
For a third consecutive period, NIRAS has been charged with managing the deployment of Danish civilian experts to election observation missions and crisis management throughout the world’s hotspots on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The newly won project phase started on 8 February 2018. The contract is for an initial period of 36 months with the option of a second phase of 24 months.
The new contract includes an additional task of managing secondments formerly undertaken by the MFA. NIRAS will continue the assignment with an experienced team of 8 internal staff working out of two Danish offices.
The Peace and Stabilisation Response (PSR) was established in 1995 and allows Denmark to deploy highly specialised experts to civilian crisis management missions on short notice.
Since 2008 NIRAS has been responsible for the daily management.
Key tasks have included establishing and maintaining an expert roster of approx. 500 well-qualified, trained and deployable candidates; managing calls for contributions from relevant international organisations and the deployment of approximately 150 experts annually – including preparation, training, secondment and care of experts while deployed.
In 2017, 131 experts were deployed through the PSR. 84 were deployed as long- or short-term observers for election observation missions managed by OSCE and EU. 47 experts were deployed for crisis management missions most significantly under the auspices of EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.
Assignments have included capacity building of security sector agents in Mali and Niger, contributions to sustainable Palestinian policing arrangements and advise to Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law and support to Libyan authorities in developing border management and security at land, sea and air borders.