Duration: 8 days / Category: Simulation / Service area: Cross-cutting


The next edition of gear.UP is scheduled to be held in September 2021. Please continue to check our website for further updates.

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

*Note: the information on this page is for the ETC part of the exercise. Those with a Logistics background should instead refer to your Logistics Cluster focal point for the LRT part of the exercise.


Target Audience

The simulation requires skilled and experienced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) technicians and emergency response managers from UN agencies, stand-by partners, and NGOs. 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. 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.

Number of participants: 20



For ETC participants, the goal of this operational exercise is to give solid hands-on field experience to ICT emergency responders to practice the deployment of the ETC services (coordination, information management, security communications, voice and data connectivity, drones coordination, services for communities and helpdesk) in a complex, high-pressure environment and under challenging conditions and timeframes to prepare them for deployment to future humanitarian emergencies.

The main aim of the joint venture with Logistics Cluster 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 the Clusters and to foster joint approaches in inter-Cluster coordination and access to funding mechanisms.


Learning objectives

Provide technicians, team leaders and coordinators with hands-on, practical experience deploying ICT services in an emergency situation
Provide exposure to ETC standard services
Create a strong element of inter-agency coordination and cooperation
Provide strong opportunities for participants to learn from each other, and to get regular constructive feedback from experienced facilitators
Provide strong opportunities for managers to coordinate at the local and global level
Put participants through a highly challenging and stressful scenario 
Forge a strong team-spirit
Provide significant non-technical emergency experiences – such as medical & security scenarios, border crossings, inter-personal conflicts, interacting with beneficiaries


Topics Covered

This is a full-scale intensive simulation exercise, in which participants will ‘learn by doing’ (including failing) – guidance will be provided through facilitators.


Format and Language

gear.UP is an emergency scenario-based exercise – this includes living conditions which will be in an emergency setting. All guidance and instruction will be in English.