Mohammed Arouki is seconded from NORCAP to support UN´s response to the crisis in Greece. Here he is distributing food to refugees who have just arrived in Chios together with Nicholas Panteloukas from NRC. Photo: Tiril Skarstein, NRC
Mohammed Arouki, NORCAP protection officer, handing out food to Syrian refugees on the island of Chios in Greece during the European refugee crisis last year. Photo: NRC/Tiril Skarstein

Our expertise

NORCAP has a pool of more than 1,000 professionals recruited to meet the changing demands of a wide range of partners, situations and crises.

Our thematic projects, some operated in cooperation with partners, cover the following thematic areas:

Crisis response 

Developing and strengthening crisis responses has been a main focus area since the NORCAP roster was established after the 1991 Gulf war. Today we provide a range of expertise, from protection, coordination, education, health and nutrition to communication with affected populations, camp management and resilience.  

Human rights and democracy

The Norwegian Resource Bank for Human Rights and Democratisation (NORDEM) became part of NORCAP in 2017, providing experts to civilian monitoring mechanisms, election observation missions and organisations that work to achieve peace, protect and promote human rights, strengthen the rule of law and improve governance.


We recruit and deploy senior protection specialists to field, regional and global operations to strengthen humanitarian protection responses via our Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap). Our advisers also train mid-level protection staff from standby partners and UN agencies. ProCap is a UN inter-agency initiative created in 2005 and led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Gender mainstreaming

We deploy senior gender expertise via our Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap). Our experts work with a number of agencies to strengthen their capacity to undertake and promote gender equality programming. GenCap is a UN inter-agency project led by OCHA.

Cash programming

Our Cash and Markets Capacity Development Roster (CashCap) deploys specialists to increase the use and effectiveness of cash and markets programming in humanitarian aid. It is governed by a steering committee of UN and NGO members.


We support national authorities and regional institutions with expertise in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. Our experts provide training and advice to ensure that climate information reaches key authorities and communities. They also support the development and coordination of national policies and action plans.


NORCAP has a 20-year track record in peacebuilding, including efforts to resolve conflict and prevent conflict escalation.

Read more about how NORCAP was established.