Work from where you are as a Network Coordinator (SBP) – IPSA 10

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Closing date: Thursday, 8 February 2024

Job Identification : 15995

Locations : Home Based

Posting Date : 01/31/2024, 03:54 PM

Apply Before : 02/08/2024, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IPSA-10

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Crisis management / Country Management Support

Bureau : Crisis Bureau

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in English is required

Vacancy Timeline

1 Week

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

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.


Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)

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Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Partnership Management

Emerging Partnerships

Ability to explore and identify new partnership as well as manage the existing partnership to ensure the needed interventions and communications with stakeholders on policy and project engagement.

Business Management

Portfolio Management

Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization as programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment.

Business Direction & Strategy

System Thinking

Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.


Advocacy strategy and implementation

Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change.

General (across the functions)

Event planning and execution

Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP’s overall brand and mandate.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum 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.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Previous experience in supporting head office management and coordination functions is desirable;
Experience in learning/training and facilitation is desirable;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems is desirable.

Required Language(s)

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

Professional Certificates



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Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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