Emergency Specialist

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date:10 Feb 2020
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.
To save their lives.

To defend their rights.

To help them fulfill their potential.
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, a fair chance
Under the General guidance of the Chief of the Humanitarian Field Support Section, provide support and guidance to UNICEF country offices (CO) and Regional Offices (RO) engaged in humanitarian action encompassing preparedness, response, post-crisis recovery and integrated planning.

The Emergency Specialist will work as part of the Humanitarian Field Support Section (HFSS), as well as with HQ inter-divisional focal points, inter-agency partners, regional emergency staff and other field colleagues.
COs and ROs are properly equipped and prepared to deliver UNICEF’s mandate in emergencies, undertaking activities to realize the Core Commitments for Children in humanitarian action (CCCs) in sudden-onset emergencies as well as in chronic and protracted crises and fragile situations, as well as reducing risks, building resilience and contributing to peacebuilding through regular development program in an integrated manner and as part of the overall approach to humanitarian action.
How can you make a difference?

Support and contribute to effective and strategic coordination of support to Country Offices undertaking humanitarian action by 1) serving as the focal point for the analysis and review of emergency preparedness and response in the defined allocation of regions and/or countries;

2) supporting UNICEF responses in complex emergencies and natural disasters, including the mainstreaming of early recovery approaches, and;

3) supporting UNICEF engagement with integrated UN presences.
Assist RO and country office in critical phases of preparedness and humanitarian response, by any required type of support including through mission travel when necessary.

Support complex emergency countries during strategic moments of inter-agency assessments and planning (such as HNO and HRP), including planning for integrated UN presences.
Coordinate HQ support to these countries, maintaining close contact with the country and regional offices on all programmatic and operational matters relating to the emergencies, to ensure the quality and timeliness of our collective response (notably for L3 emergencies).
Through UNICEF’s Emergency Operations Center (OPSCEN) and other EMOPSs sections, in close contact with CO, RO and sister UN agencies, monitor emerging humanitarian risks and strategies for preparedness and risk reduction before a new crisis occurs and best approaches for UNICEF to engage in early recovery and transition processes.
Represent and/or ensure UNICEF representation and advocacy in key technical inter-agency for a related to emergency preparedness and response, crisis management, and integrated assessment and planning, as well as external events/conferences when requested.

Keep close contact with counterparts in UN sister agencies.

Support management engagement with high-level mechanisms such as Emergency Directors, Integrated Task Forces, Inter-Agency Task Forces, Executive Committees, and other crisis-management mechanisms ;

as well as with donors and member States (with key advocacy messages).
Prepare regular updates and Briefing Notes on the situation in all emergencies in assigned countries for the executive Director, Senior Staff and other Divisions, in a timely and accurate manner.

Provide inputs for other UNICEF documentation such as updates to executive Board, inputs to reports by the Secretary-General and his Special Representatives, as required.
In collaboration with country offices, regional offices, and HQ divisions provide guidance and support resource mobilization for humanitarian action by coordinating the preparation and review of emergency appeals, appeal updates and other related resource mobilization documents (including EPF, CERF, HAC and others).

Support COs and ROs in monitoring effective and timely programmatic use of allocated humanitarian funds.
Monitor the effectiveness of existing guidelines and strategies and propose adjustments.
Serve as back-up to supervisor and other Emergency Specialist in his/her absence.
Assist with any other task as assigned by the Section Chief.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, or a related technical field.
A minimum ofeight (8) yearsprogressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in post-crisis recovery, complex emergencies, humanitarian response and preparedness, including experience in early recovery.
Fluency in English and in another language (French, Spanish or Arabic) is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
Leading and Supervising
Deciding and Initiating Action
Persuading and Influencing
Applying Technical Expertise
Planning and Organizing
Adapting and Responding Change
Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
“Eligible staff are encouraged to apply for this post.

Internal applicants on abolished posts, rotation and other special consideration status including staff in the respective talent group and those eligible for lateral reassignments will be given due consideration.”
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.



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