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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, Hope
To implement country office emergency preparedness and response.
How can you make a difference?
KEY ACCOUNTABILITY and DUTIES & TASKS
Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
1. Provides professional assistance in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.
2. Assists in the formulation of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of contingency plans. Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action and programme implementation, offering crisis modification and solving implementation challenges.
3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information. Collects, interprets and analyses all available data on the evolving emergency and its implications to the emergency operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency measures. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas.
4. Assists in organizing and conducting staff training for the office’s capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff, with a specific focus on field-based staff.
5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Immediately collects reliable information to verify the nature and extent of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media. Follows up to ensure that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in an emergency, as necessary. Contacts with all UNICEF staff and their dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and promptly informs head of office, supervisor and other emergency staff of their status as required.
6. Assists supervisor with assessment of local emergency and security situation. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers and the community. Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs. Provides input in and contributes toward determining priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Coordinates with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian Action. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep the country office abreast of emergency situations.
7. Participates in implementing the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Assists in identifying urgent staffing requirements and redeploying country office staff. Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies and monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery. Sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.
8. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for the emergency programme. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Carries out project administration. Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Coordinates with program sections staff and others to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents). Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.
9. Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience and contributes towards adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency intervention/operations.
10. Works with other colleagues to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Assists in the preparation of sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and other related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
A minimum of  Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration. * Field work experience. Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English and a local working language of the duty station; Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)
i) Core Values (Required)
- Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
- Communication [I]
- Working with People [II]
- Drive for Results [II]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
- Persuading and Influencing [II]
- Applying Technical Expertise [II]
- Planning and Organizing [I]
- Adapting and Responding to Change [II]
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [II]
iv) Technical Knowledge
a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
- UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
- Knowledge of global humanitarian issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
- Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality.
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group
- The UNICEF mission statement; UNICEF Board policy papers and decisions.
- The Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies.
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women.
- EMOPS Technical Notes, EMOPS Emergency Field Book.
- UNICEF Program Manuals, policy guidelines, ExDirs, PROs; Country Programme documentation.
- UNICEF personnel, financial, supply and administrative rules, regulations and manuals.
- National development plans and policies; Guidelines and manuals from NGO/donor partners
- Annual work plan.
- UNDAF; The UN Humanitarian Reform; IASC documents, guidelines and materials on UN Humanitarian Reform and the cluster approach.
- Information & Communications Technology literacy, including skills and knowledge of office system applications, LAN, internet navigation, telecommunications, and data analysis.
- Gender equality and diversity awareness
- Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse mitigation measures
- Gender based Violence mitigation and response programming in Humanitarian Action
c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
- Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
- UN security operations and guidelines.
- UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian/emergency issues and response.
- UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions in international developing cooperation.
- Knowledge of the latest developments and trends in emergency preparedness and response management related fields.
View our competency framework at
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: 21 Nov 2019 E. Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 05 Dec 2019 11:55 PM E. Africa Standard Time