International Consultancy – Surge Consultant, Humanitarian Office job at UNFPA

  • Full Time
  • Remote Work
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Website United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Duration : 3 months

Duty Station: Remote-based assignment, supporting the Humanitarian Office in Geneva.

Purpose of consultancy:

The number of disasters and people affected has increased globally and we are faced with growing humanitarian needs. Although emergencies are becoming more complex and more frequent, the gap between humanitarian needs and the resources available to meet those needs continues to grow, further compounded by the impact of the pandemic. This increased demand for UNFPA to respond to humanitarian situations has led to a doubling of the organization’s humanitarian requirements, impacting responsiveness and global demand for SRH and GBV experts, to increased IASC scale-up emergencies, more is expected of UNFPA than ever before to provide life-saving assistance. The surge continues to be a sustainable tool, supporting the fulfillment of UNFPA’s overarching strategy.


To implement the above, and noting the open vacancies, assistance is required to support the day-to-day functions in the surge team around deployment and roster management. The Consultant will support the team in administrative processes, as well as monitoring the roster and updating as necessary.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Response and Technical Unit (RTSU), in close consultation with HO Senior Management, the Consultant will support the surge team in all related activities.


Scope of work :

The Consultant will work within the Surge Team, including but not limited to:

  • Provide daily back up support related to Surge deployments and Roving Team deployments, including processing of requests, assistance in the selection of candidates, contracting support functions, liaise with Standby Partner agency on deployment administration needs, and coordination of candidate briefing and debriefing tasks and functions


  • Support the collection, input, consolidation and analysis of information related to the different components of UNFPA’s Surge mechanism.
  • Support in any necessary activities around the general preparation and follow up of the Surge assessment workshops: analysis of participant learning needs post workshop and support coordinating staff learning plans.
  • Support the Surge Team to ensure deployment information is maintained in the UNFPA Global Emergency Roster in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Assist the Surge Team in any additional activities as required.

Within the broad scope of work as outlined above, the consultant is expected to deliver relevant activities on a timely basis, reliably and accurately throughout the consultancy period.
The Surge Consultant will be supervised by the Head RTSU, HO.


Required Expertise and Qualifications:


Education :

  • Master’s degree, preferably in human resources, social and behavioral science, business administration, and political science or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible professional work experience
  • Demonstrate planning and organization skills.
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • Fluency in English required. An additional UN language is desirable (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)

Other requirements:

As the person will be directly supporting emergency interventions, and due to the unpredictability of such crises, the incumbent should be prepared to work long hours and/or out of work hours when such incidents arise.

How to Apply :

Please send your application and a short letter of motivation with “Surge Consultant” in the subject line toho-recruitment@unfpa.orgby 02 May 2022

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