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Developing Countries

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the terms of recruitment and retention for the cadre of 1,000 civilians that his Department is proposing to utilise in unstable environments will be. (285400)

The cadre will comprise 200 civil servants, forming the Civil Service Stabilisation Cadre (CSSC), and 800 deployable civilian experts (DCEs) from outside the civil service.

The CSSC members will remain as part of their home departments when they are on the cadre. If they are selected for a deployment overseas they will seconded to the stabilisation unit for the duration of the deployment, after which they will return to their home department.

DCEs will be recruited and remain on the database on a voluntary basis. No financial retainers will be paid. Regular communication with them will establish their continued availability and willingness to deploy.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development under what process individuals may volunteer to work for the Globalisation Unit which will undertake work in unstable environments. (285401)

Individuals can apply to be part of the Stabilisation Unit’s civilian capability by making an application via the Stabilisation Unit website at

The cadre is made up of civil servants who can apply to the Civil Service Stabilisation Cadre (CSSC) and those from outside the civil service who can apply to be a deployable civilian expert (DCE). If accepted onto the roster, candidates will be considered for specific deployments.