OpEx Bravo is open to IT managers and technicians from all humanitarian agencies that respond to emergencies. Technicians will need to have had prior training or experience in the tools and technologies being used*. The exercise is planned for 20 participants in total.
Participant profiles are listed below;
* Applicants from a non-IT background are unlikely to get full value from this training. It is recommended that only those with an IT background apply.
| Participants' Profile || Number || Skills Required |
| ETC Coordinator || x1 || Strong management & coordination skills, strong IT and emergency background. Has passed the IT EMT or an equivalent course. |
| ETC Coordinator ‘wingman' || x1 || Strong management and coordination skills, plus information management skills, IT background. Has passed the IT EMT or an equivalent course. |
| Deployment Team Leader || x3 || 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 || x3 || Strong VHF/HF skills. Has passed Let's Comm, UNICEF's "Wireless & Emergency Telecoms", IFRC IT&T ERU Technical Training Course or an equivalent course. |
| Data Comms Technician || x5 || Strong LAN/WLAN skills. Has passed Let's Net, UNICEF's "Emergency Data Responder" or an equivalent course. (One of the 5 spaces will be available to very strong networking personnel who have not passed these one of these courses). |
| Electrical Technician || x1 || Strong electrical skills. Has passed Let's Spark or an equivalent course. Ideally holds an electrical qualification and has experience with operating and maintaining generators. |
| Desktop Support || x3 || Strong desktop support skills, including LAN cabling and setup. |
| Satellite Comms Technician || x1 || Experience with installing iDirect or VSAT. Ideally a certified EMC installer, or trained in the ‘emergency.lu' satellite connectivity solutions. |
| Admin / Logistics || x2 || Support personnel with ability to work under pressure in a non-office environment. |
To ensure the exercise is successful and achives the requisite objectives, it is important that the facilitation team has sufficient senior staff with a spread of technical skills and emergency experience. All agencies who are considering sending candidates are invited to provide a exercise facilitator. Up to five facilitators will join the core exercise management team. The following profiles are required:
| Facilitators' Profile || Number || Skills Required |
| Senior non-IT Manager || x1 || Strong people skills, able to evaluate team dynamics and give constructive feedback. Able to provide the wider perspective of programme & other functions. Ideally with emergency experience in a large agency. |
| Senior Technical IT Expert || x3 || Very strong technical skills, people skills, ability to explain complex topics and give constructive feedback. Ideally with strong international emergency experience. |
| Senior ETC Coordinator || x1 || Any individual who has been ETC Coordinator in any significant emergency response. Strong people skills, ability to explain complex topics and give constructive feedback. |
These facilitators are in addition to core exercise control staff. Together, they will provide important feedback to participants during the exercise and will play a critical role in the learning process and ensuring that the expected standards for participants is reached.
If you are interested in being part of the facilitation team, you should send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which of the above roles you believe you are best suited for.
12 - 20 September 2015
| The THW Bundesschule in Neuhausen, near Stuttgart in Germany |
The goal of this operational exercise is to give practical hands-on field experience to ICT technicians and team leaders in a complex, high-pressure environment. Participants will work in teams to deploy ICT services and equipment in 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, telecoms and electrical skillsets, including satellite connectivity and networking.
The exercise will require the participants to complete a number of technical and management objectives, and go through many non-technical experiences. In general:
- Plan and coordinate the provision of agency specific and inter-agency services.
- Deploy multiple distinct sites, providing local LAN, WLAN and electrical services.
- Deploy satellite connectivity, including the emergency.lu solution
- Connect the sites using wireless links using the ETC response solution design.
- Deploy VHF and HF services, with Calling, Working and NGO channels.
- Participate in local ICT Working Group and other Cluster and Coordination meetings.
- Participate in global ETC teleconferences.
- Negotiate a border crossing while carrying technical equipment.
- Respond to a medical and security situations.
- Use field skills.
| Travel, accommodation and food costs will be paid for by WFP and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). |
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How to Apply
Applications for OpEx Bravo are now open
Applications close: May 15th, 2015.
Obtain a Letter of Support from your nominator. Due to the high number of applications received for OpEx Bravo, participants must present written confirmation from their supervisor that, should an emergency strike, they will be on the first deployment list.
Follow the link and complete this Application Form, adding your CV, Letter of Support and Letter of Motivation
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries.
Please Note: Only complete applications will be considered. We should receive complete applications only and should not be copied on internal correspondence. Submit complete applications via the on-line application form or contact us for further information on how to apply for a place for this prestigious exercise.