gear.UP 2022

Neuhausen, Germany
09:00 am GMT

Applications open Applications for gear.UP 2022 are now closed.
 Consult the application section below for full instructions. 
 Application closing date: July 15


Exercise Description

gear.UP is a large-scale inter-agency operational exercise and functional training event designed to further advance emergency response capabilities of the global ICT and Logistics humanitarian community. It integrates aspects of the full-scale field simulation exercise (OpEx Bravo) for the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) and the Logistics Response Team Training (LRT) for the Logistics Cluster and provides each cluster opportunities to practice and train on various emergency response functions, and to support each other as they would in a real emergency.

This intensive 8-day field exercise is prepared by the World Food Programme (WFP), as global lead of the ETC and Logistics Cluster, in conjunction with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the Government of Luxembourg and Ericsson Response.

ETC Participants are expected to work in teams to deploy the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) technical solutions including satellite connectivity, common networking services and security telecoms under challenging conditions and timeframes.

  • Exercise Duration: 8 days (including travel)
  • Location: THW Training Centre, Neuhausen, Near Stuttgart, Germany
  • Number of Participants: 20
  • Exercise environment: Field accommodation with simulated field conditions



Opex Bravo: The goal of this operational exercise is to give solid, hands-on field experience to participants in a complex, high-pressure environment. Participants will work in teams to deploy ICT services and equipment under challenging conditions and timeframes. This exercise allows participants to gain practical experience with the technical solutions adopted by the ETC for emergency response. The scenarios cover IT and telecoms skillsets, including satellite connectivity, networking, VHF radio, and drone operations

Joint Objective: In addition to the existing and dedicated objectives for the LRT training and OpEx Bravo, gear.UP aims to exercise and train all participants on activation, procedures and set-up of the WFP led Clusters and their operational interaction in the field. The main aim of this joint venture is to mainstream and familiarize participants with the implementation of the services of both Clusters to improve the efficiency and cooperation in the field/emergencies.  Furthermore, the exercise simulation and training aims to strengthen the cooperation between both Clusters and to foster joint approaches in inter-Cluster coordination and access to funding mechanisms.


Target audience

Note*: The information on this page relates to the OpEx Bravo part of the exercise, which is relevant to humanitarians with an IT background. Those with a Logistics background should instead refer to your Logistics Cluster focal point for the LRT part of the exercise.

The simulation requires skilled and experienced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) technicians and emergency response managers. Technicians will need to have had prior training or experience in the tools and technologies being used, especially within a field / and or emergency context.

Participants from UN agencies, Stand-by Partners and NGOs are invited to attend.

**Applicants from a non-IT background are unlikely to get full value from this exercise. It is recommended that only those with an IT background apply.

The following profiles are required:




ETC Coordinator


Strong management & coordination skills, strong IT & emergency background. Ideally has passed the ETC Coordination course, IT EMT, or an equivalent course or holds project management qualifications.

ETC Deputy Coordinator 


Strong management & coordination skills, plus information management skills, IT background. Ideally, has passed the ETC Coordination course, IT EMT or an equivalent.

Information Management Officer


Strong Information Management skills in an emergency context, preferably supporting IT field operations.

Project Officer x1 Prior experience in designing and implementing projects in humanitarian crises, (including different aspects of managing stakeholders, cost, procurement, visibilities) by devising clear list of activities and completion of tasks; preferably with hands on experience in setting up project sites. 

Deployment Team Leader


Strong technical skills, basic leadership of small teams, basic management skills. Ideally has attended the Intro to IT Emergency Management Training or an equivalent course. Good emergency experience.

Telecoms Technician


Strong VHF skills, basic HF skills. Has passed Let's Comm, Let’s Comm Digital, UNICEF's "Emergency Telecommunications Training", IFRC IT&T ERU Technical Training Course or an equivalent course.

Data Communications Technician


Strong LAN/WLAN and/or VSAT skills. Has passed Let's Net, UNICEF's "Emergency Telecommunications Training" or an equivalent course.

Desktop Support


Strong desktop support skills, including LAN cabling & setup.

Application Process

In order for your application package to be considered complete, please email with the following:


  1. Nomination Letter

Nominations must come from a manager that is responsible for emergency IT and telecommunications across your organisation globally (for example, a CIO). Nominations cannot come from individual applicants, or Country Level Managers (unless your organisation does not have a Global Level).  Please refer to this list of official Nominators for various organisations.

The nomination letter (on organisation letterhead) should include the following information:

  • Full name, organization and position title of the candidate being recommended
  • Full name, organization and position title of the nominator
  • A statement indicating that the candidate will be released from 17 – 25 September inclusive (plus travel time) and that all expenses related to travel to / from the exercise, DSA (as applicable) and other incidentals (beyond the exercise duration) will be covered by the nominating organization. Please note that any COVID-19 related costs including costs for mandatory testing, quarantine, if applicable, in duty station or the location of the course will not be covered by the ETC.
  • Confirmation of the candidate’s ICT experience from a technical, field and emergency perspective
  • A statement to the person’s character, ability to deal and manage situations under pressure with tight timelines
  • A statement indicating the likelihood of the candidate being deployed to the field for an emergency in the future


  1. Your C.V.

  2. Complete and submit the online application form here.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Appropriate fit to the skills profiles
  • Sufficient technical background to be effective
  • Nomination from an appropriate global level manager
  • Emergency experience
  • Willingness to be deployed in future emergency response and ability to apply skills learnt for the benefit of the community.

Applicants will be notified by August 1 on the outcome of their application.


About costs

Participants will be provided with accommodation (in field-like settings) and meals from September 17 until 24.

All other expenses, relating to travel to and from Germany, any other incidentals or costs beyond this time period will need to be borne by the participant's nominating organization.Costs relating to COVID-19, including testing, quarantine, or medical facilities if applicable, will need to be borne by sending organization or particpant.