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Home-based consultant: Emergency Response Preparedness Expert (74 days)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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UNICEF Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva is looking for a home-based consultant to develop an ERP tookit for the Global Nutrition Cluster.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, results

The purpose of the consultancy is to develop a Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC)-specific ERP toolkit which can be used by country-level Nutrition coordination teams to support with their preparedness efforts. Specifically, the consultant will work on developing a series of tools and resources to support country-level coordination teams with rolling out the ERP Approach, in consultation with the GNC Technical Alliance. These tools and resources are to include a workshop training package on the ERP Approach, content for e-learning modules on the ERP Approach for the new GNC e-learning platform, revised guidance on the Nutrition in Emergencies ERP, and a series of trainings and webinars to rollout the developed products.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Desk review and country-level consultations of the current IASC, GNC , and other clusters’ ERP guidelines, training packages , tools and identify elements that can potentially be adopted in the GNC ERP system.
  • Consultative session with countries for the phase I ERP roll out.
  • Develop a set of recommendations based on the desk review and consult with GNC-CT team on the proposed changes in the existing tools, guidelines, templates and training package.
  • Update the GNC ERP guidance to reflect the new 2020 IASC ERP guidance; and in a manner that will be used as a step by step manual for implementing ERP at country level.
  • Work with the designers to ensure that the guidance and tools are designed and proofreading the drafts.
  • Using available resources (preliminary package already developed by the GNC) and additional external best practices and approaches, develop a three-day offline training package on the ERP approach for country-level partners and coordination teams which includes:
    • PowerPoints for plenary sessions
    • Tools & templates for working session
    • An offline contingency plan template compatible with the GNC ERP online template.

The training package should be organized in step-by-step approach, so that country coordination teams and partners can develop an ERP plan in a workshop setting with minimal GNC support.

  • Using the newly developed training packages and with support from GNC Operational Support team and GNC Technical Alliance, organize and facilitate a 3-day regional level online training on ERP for country coordination teams and TST technical advisors .
  • Develop approximately ten storyboards for the GNC online e-learning platform.

Contractual arrangements:

  • Duration: The consultant is expected to work 74 days between August and December 2021. 
  • Duty station and travel: The consultant will be home-based and is not expected to travel.
  • Payments: The consultant will be paid upon timely and satisfactory submission of deliverables.
  • Reporting: The consultant will report to the  Team Leader , Global Nutrition Cluster Operational Support

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in nutrition, public health, relevant social or natural sciences, or other related discipline;
  • Minimum of 8 years of proven knowledge and experience in nutrition in emergency / nutrition programming, cluster/sector coordination or other relevant experience;
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Extensive experience in emergency preparedness, especially in contexts where the Humanitarian Programme Cycle was activated or contexts identified as fragile
  • In depth knowledge of the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness Approach
  • Proven experience and institutional knowledge of the UN, at both headquarters and field locations
  • Proven expertise developing workshop content for similar organisations, involving a range of participants from the field and headquarters
  • Experience in conducting online webinars and trainings, preferably in emergency preparedness
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English, and knowledge of French and Spanish desirable

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. Letter of interest, including your approach to the assignment and proposed fees (daily) to undertake the above TOR. Please note that applications without a proposed fee will not be accepted.
  2. A CV and/or Personal history form (downloadable from Alternatively, if a candidate profile in the UNICEF e-Recruitment System is available, you may download it and submit it as part of application.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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