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Emergency Specialist. Roma

UNICEF is seeking talented Emergency Specialist (Humanitarian affairs) at the P-3 level to be included in our Talent Group (TG) as part of the New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme. The NETI Programme is designed for dynamic professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF, and is for both internal and external candidates. As a NETI, you will work alongside dedicated technical experts who do whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children.

The NETI Programme provides successful Emergency Specialists (Humanitarian Affairs) who are placed into fixed-term posts or temporary appointments for 364 days with a career development programme including a comprehensive orientation into the organization, mentoring, buddy, coaching, and 360-degree feedback.

TGs at UNICEF are exclusive lists of pre-vetted, highly qualified professionals ready to be selected as positions become vacant globally. After a rigorous selection process, successful candidates will be placed in the P-3 Emergency Specialist TG for a period of 36 months.

Placement in the Emergency Specialist TG presents the opportunity to be directly selected to fill P-3 level vacancies globally and particularly in L2 and L3 emergencies for roles of Emergency Specialist.

How can you make a difference?

As an NETI Emergency Specialist, you will work under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor to establish and implement country office emergency preparedness and response. You will also be responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers, and the affected communities in an emergency situation. 

To learn more about working as an Emergency Specialist with UNICEF and the NETI Programme, please visit: https://uni.cf/2pczjep

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Depending on the specific context, you may contribute to some or all of the following activities:

Humanitarian Emergency Preparedness

  • Adopts adequate emergency preparedness measures through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms.
  • Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies to appeal for aid for children and women with special needs resulting from the emergency situation requiring an effective emergency response in all sectors.
  • Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes implementing arrangements. Ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.
  • Participates in all humanitarian and recovery related forum and keeps management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, strategy, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in partnership.
  • Participates in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, and monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action. Promotes that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's workplans. Prepares sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and all related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response.
  • Provides technical advice related to emergency preparedness and response, including on programme management related issues.
  • Develops and maintains databases on country/regional information and establishes logistics plans to be implemented during an emergency operation.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, and builds up the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff as well as implementing partners.
  • Develops emergency preparedness and response plans that address gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.

Coordination and Management of Humanitarian Emergency Response and Programmes

  • Implements the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance and verifies the nature and extent of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media.
  • Establishes contact with all UNICEF staff, their dependents and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts and engages with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep abreast of emergency situations.  
  • Participates and assists with assessment of local emergency and security situation affecting children and mothers in the locality, in conjunction with the Regional Office, the HQ Divisions, and field staff.
  • Determines corporate priorities and an appropriate intervention (supply procurement, fund-raising and staff development) by UNICEF. Coordinates with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep abreast of emergency situations.
  • Applies the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary, and identifies urgent staffing requirements to redeploy staff as needed.
  • Conducts needs assessment to effectively determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency affecting children, their families and community.                                                                                                                                                                               

Resource mobilization and Donor relations

  • Works with program sections and senior management to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including annual or multi-annual humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents).
  • Identifies longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions and proposes a more regular operational and staffing structure to take over from the Emergency Response Team.

Partnership and Advocacy

  • Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies to appeal for aid for children and women with special needs resulting from the emergency situation requiring an effective emergency response in all sectors.
  • Participates in all humanitarian and recovery related forums and keeps management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, strategy, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in partnership.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree in social sciences, public administration, international law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration law, or related discipline. Preferably a combination of management, administration, and relevant technical fields.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration, including in developing countries and/emergency setting.
  • Experience in analyzing trends in humanitarian issues, emergency preparedness and response management.
  • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality is an asset.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, and a strong drive to achieve results.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, coordination and other interpersonal skills including team building.
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programs in MENA, WCAR, ESAR, ROSA or other regions is an asset.
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management is highly desirable.
  • Readiness to be assigned to any UNICEF office worldwide, including non-family and emergency duty stations.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) and professional working proficiency (B2) of another official language of the United Nations is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates under 38 years of age.

For every child, you demonstrate…

  • Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. Learn more about our competency framework here (https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf).
  • Willingness to embark on an international career: mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Knowledge of policies and strategy on emergencies, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery is an asset.

Closing Date Mon Oct 08 2018 05:55:00 GMT+0200 (Ora legale dell’Europa centrale)

For more information about the NETI programme and to apply, please visit https://uni.cf/2pczjep

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