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Work From Home As A Network Coordinator For The United Nations Development Programme (IPSA 10)

Work From Home As A Network Coordinator For The United Nations Development Programme (IPSA 10)

CAREER CATEGORYCrisis management / Country Management Support
SALARYPaid but not specified
TYPE OF CONTRACTFull-time contract
DEADLINE08 February 2024

Work From Home As A Network Coordinator For The United Nations Development Programme (IPSA 10)


Office/Unit/Project Description  

Founded in 1991, The Standby Partnership mechanism (SBP mechanism) provides surge capacity support to UN Agencies responding to humanitarian emergencies through the secondment of gratis/in-kind personnel (“experts on mission”) by external partner organisations. The SBP mechanism functions through a series of bilateral agreements between participating agencies, funds and programmes of the UN and a number of surge-providing organisations (Standby Partners) that are composed of a divers 

e group of NGOs, donors, private sector actors, foundations and government agencies.

Over the last three decades, the SBP mechanism has expanded considerably by gaining new participating members that cover over 400 expert profiles.

The Standby Partnership Network (SBP Network) began in 2013 as an initiative of organisations from the SBP mechanism. The aim was to improve the provision of “high-quality personnel consistently available for support to humanitarian action through organisational engagement and collective preparedness.” A SBP secretariat was created to support the network initiative and currently consists of two support functions (a Network Coordinator and a Network Assistant).

The SBP Network currently comprises 16 participating UN Agencies and 56 Standby Partners that regularly use the SBP mechanism for deployment of personnel. Most of these organisations are also part of and contribute to the SBP Network initiatives, through in-kind and financial support, and/or through their participation in the Working Groups, the Steering Committee, and engagement with the SBP Secretariat.

The purpose of the SBP Network is to foster the implementation of best practices and new solutions to improve preparedness and response capacity and the care of the deployment personnel through collectively engaging the knowledge, skills, experience and unified voice of the network.

Task Description

Support to the SBP Steering Committee (SC) and Working Groups (WG)

  • Design and review Work Plans of the Secretariat and the Steering Committee to ensure implementation against the objectives of the Strategic Framework and agreed timeframes.
  • Support the Steering Committee and Working Groups such as the Duty of Care working group, to ensure the development of agendas and the drafting of actionable minutes. Monitor and report on the implementation of recommendations as required.
  • Provide advice on improving the network, working modes etc., to advance the work of the network.
  • In coordination with the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee, contribute to setting the direction and working mode of the Steering Committee, including planning, setting up of necessary meeting structures, ensuring relevant documentation, and facilitating meetings for SBP Steering Committee meetings.
  • Assist the set-up and coordination of the existing as well as new WGs and Communities of Practice (CoP) in particular the Duty of Care working group;
  • Lead the agenda for monitoring and coordinating in-kind support to the Secretariat.

Coordination and Collaboration

  • Ensure that the Secretariat encompasses a service-oriented approach towards the members of the network.
  • Lead the agenda for key activities, such as Field Monitoring Missions and (Mid-)Annual Consultations.
  • Identify, prepare for and facilitate necessary coordination events with the SBP members, e.g. emergency coordination meetings, thematic coordination meetings, as necessary and relevant.
  • Build and nurture relationships with members and contribute to enhanced relationships amongst the members, e.g. through the identification of matters of common interest.

Training and capacity building

  • In direct support of the Chair(s) of the Working Groups and within the limits of delegated authority, support the network to scope needs in relation to training and capacity building including, but not limited to, exploring the re-engagement of the Training Working Group. Support a more targeted and focused investment of standby partners and UN agencies in roster management and capacity development.
  • In collaboration with the Chair of the Training Working Group, raise awareness of the capacity building opportunities available through the SBP Network, draw these together and share with the network members.

Communication, Information Sharing & Advocacy

  • In coordination with the SBP Steering Committee, develop an advocacy and communication strategy targeting existing and potential donors and existing and potential SBP members to articulate the added-value and impact of the SBP Network.
  • In coordination with the SBP Steering Committee, engage in targeted outreach to maintain, strengthen, and incentivize participation in the SBP Network. This should also include direct outreach in support of the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee in terms of physically meeting with existing and potential partners to advocate and promote the work of the SBP network and the role of the Steering Committee as well as other bodies of the network.

.Administrative and Logistics Support

  • Act as the main focal point for the conceptualization and organization of SBP Network events (such as the Annual and Mid- Year Consultations) and other, ad hoc meetings (i.e. After-Action Review for emergencies) (either virtual or in person).
  • Lead on secretariat support and information continuity for and between the Steering Committee and Working Groups.
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation


Min. Education requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, political science, international relations, business administration or management, public administration or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • At least 5 years of progressively varied responsible experience with international organizations or NGOs/CSOs that is part of the Steering Committee is required;
  • At least 2 years of experience in humanitarian or development field operations is required

Required  skills

  • Experience managing multiple partnerships is required; 
  • Experience coordinating global events and networks is required

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish)

How To Apply?

Interested candidates should apply for this opportunity by following the link below:

Carlos Seth

Carlos Seth is an international recruitment consultant with more than 10 years experience in global recruitment and executive search.

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