Global Emergency Unit

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Geneva, Switzerland (up to 40% field deployment)


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We are currently looking for a Sudden Onset Specialist (SOS) to lead our programmatic emergency response workstreams in our Global Programmes Department in Geneva, Switzerland.

IMPACT seeks to establish systems to track, monitor, advocate and respond to the worst-off humanitarian crises, in order to inform emergency prioritisation at the global and national level. In close conjunction with the Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC), the Sudden Onset Specialist (SOS) will lead the strategic development and implementation of core emergency response programmes and contribute towards the overall organisational strategy for emergencies. This will include directly launching emergency responses and/or supporting country teams to prepare for and launch emergency responses to sudden onset emergencies, with particular focus on areas or populations at risk of loss of life. The SOS will lead the development of our global Emergency Response toolkit, including a standardised package for rapid needs assessments. The SOS will also lead our engagement with strategic partners such as UNDAC, and identify other partners for sustained engagement within the sudden onset space. Alongside the ERC, the SOS will also work in close coordination with the Real Time Monitoring & Analysis Research Manager (RTM RM) and the wider RTM unit (RTMU) to contribute towards the achievement of our overall programmatic strategy for emergencies.



  • For this position, gross salary between 5’850 CHF and 6’050 CHF monthly (before income tax).
    • NB – IMPACT salaries are strictly determined by our salary grid depending on the grade of the position and the level of education and experience of staff. A contribution to medical insurance of 450 CHF per month is already included in the salary figure.
  • Insurance covering professional and non-professional accidents throughout the period of employment with IMPACT
  • Health insurance, life insurance and repatriation assistance in case of field visits/temporary deployments
  • Enrolment in IMPACT Initiatives Research Foundational Learning Programme within the first 3 months from the start of contract
  • Applicants must hold a valid work permit for Switzerland or be EU/EFTA citizens
  • Up to 40% of remote work on a weekly basis



Submit your application using the form below. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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