Standby Partnership - Network Coordinator

Italy, TEXAS | 8 months | Deadline: 15 Nov 2019
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Job Description

About Standby Partnership (SBP) Network

Founded in 1991, the Standby Partnership (SBP) is a network of organizations that deploys a variety of expertise via the deployment of gratis personnel – in support of United Nations (UN) agencies responding to humanitarian emergencies throughout the world. Each SBP maintains its own roster of humanitarian experts who are called upon to fill staffing needs and gaps in UN operations. The SBP Network is founded upon a Memorandum of Understanding/standby agreement between an organization and an agency, fund or programme of the UN system.

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.

The Role

Reporting directly to the Chair of the SBP Steering Committee the Network Coordinator (NC) will have a coordination, capacity building, facilitating and administrative function representing all parties in the network and working closely with the SBP Steering Committee and Working Groups as well as the Partnership Specialist, with whom he/she will be sharing some functions. The NC will work in coordination with the Partnership Specialist, the roles will be complementary to each other.

This position will be located in Rome, Italy and based at either the Offices of the World Food Programme or the Food and Agriculture Organization. The position is for one year with a possibility of extension. Role remuneration between USD $90,000-$120,000 based on education and experience (UN P-4 level equivalent).


Support to the SBP Steering Committee and Working Groups

  • Review and monitor Work Plans to ensure implementation against agreed timeframes.

  • In coordination with the SBP Partnership Specialist, contribute to the development of the agenda for the monthly SBP Steering Committee Meetings.

  • Provide recommendations on possible areas of work for the Working Groups.

  • Coordination and Collaboration

  • Coordinate the development of enhanced common standards and approaches across the Network and ensure adherence to standards through the review and development of common templates.

  • Work with the Partnership Specialist to coordinate, compile and map existing SBP resources and capacities.

  • Training

  • Support the implementation of humanitarian training programmes related to SBP surge mechanisms, through the harmonization of learning outcomes and the development of training impact evaluation frameworks.

  • Support the organization and implementation of SBP induction training programmes in accordance with the CITP, by advising partner organizations on training methodology, course design and delivery, and delivering training as agreed with the SBP Steering Committee.

  • In direct support of the Chair and within the limits of delegated authority, manage and supervise the overall organization of the Training Working Group in line with the 2020-2022 Work Plan.

  • In collaboration with the Chair of the Training Working Group, raise awareness of the capacity building opportunities available through the SBP Network, and draw these together into a calendar of training opportunities across the year to share with the Network. Where relevant, reach out to donors to generate support for the activities of the Working Group.

  • Support a more targeted and focused investment of standby partners and UN agencies in roster management and capacity development.

  • Coordinate and supervise any training consultants that may be contracted.

  • Communications, Information Sharing and Advocacy

  • In coordination with the SBP Steering Committee, develop a 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 incentivise participation in the SBP Network. This should also include direct outreach in support of the Chair of the Steering Committee in terms of physically meeting with existing and potential partners to advocate for and promote the work of the SBP and the role of the Steering Committee.

  • Work with the SBP Steering Committee, Partnership Specialist and SBP members to compile and disseminate information products on behalf of the Network.

  • Maintain and regularly update the SBP website.

  • Administrative and Logistics Support

    Under the oversight of the Chair of the Steering Committee:

  • Support the organization of Network events (such as the Annual and Mid-Year Consultations) and other, ad hoc meetings (i.e. After-Action Review for emergencies).

  • Provide Secretariat support and information continuity for and between the Steering Committee and Working Groups.

  • Perform the role of Secretariat for the Steering Committee and Working Groups to ensure the development of Agendas and the drafting of actionable minutes. Monitor and report on the implementation of recommendations as required.

  • During major emergencies, assist the Network in coordinating and administrating meetings for coordination and information sharing purposes, when appropriate.

  • Expected Outcomes
  • The overarching expected outcome is to support the SBP network in its path to improved effectiveness, efficiency and predictability in the SBP through:

  • Increased targeted and focused investment of SBPs and UN agencies in roster management and capacity building in order to improve access to the right person, at the right time in the right place;

  • Stronger evidence base on the benefits of the SBP mechanism, resulting in increased donor support;

  • Enhanced lessons learning and monitoring capability from discussions and consultations, resulting in improved ways of working and ability to demonstrate results; and

  • Enhanced interoperability of the SBP with other networks, humanitarian actors and initiatives.

  • Requirements


    Minimum five years of professional work experience in the field with either the UN and/or NGO in HR, personnel administration, programme management or operational support functions.

    Work experience in humanitarian or development field operations is highly desirable. Experience in learning/training and facilitation is also highly desirable.

    Education Level

    Post Graduate Qualification is highly desirable.


    Written and spoken Fluency in English is required.

    We strongly encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people with a disability to apply.

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