JOB OPPORTUNITY IN UNICEF
Job Title: Emergency Officer, NO-A
Duration- 6 months
Job no: 502013
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Pay Grade: NO-1
Salary: NRs 22,26,191 (Click here for salary details)
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
Under the supervision of Emergency Specialist, implement country office emergency preparedness, response and Disaster Risk Reduction actions. Responsible for the technical contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions including Disaster Risk Reduction to advance the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in an emergency situation.
Key Expected Results
1. Timely and thorough analysis is made to identify emergency-prone situations and contribute to early warning and enhancing emergency preparedness.
2. Emergency preparedness and response plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies
3. Contribute to the formulation of emergency plans of action, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action. Provide support and coordinate with national and district authorities for effective emergency preparedness and response, i.e. DPRP, capacity building on Disaster Risk Management and Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR).
4. Effective analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation are timely provided. Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses
5. Staff training in emergencies preparedness and response, Disaster Risk Management is effectively supported to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office.
6. In the event of an emergency, prompt support is provided to execute the initial operational tasks by collecting accurate information on the nature and scope of the emergency, ensuring effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance, and promptly reporting the status as required.
7. Professional support is provided to establish facts and needs, coordinate a rapid assessment, and determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF.
8. Substantive input and assistance are provided in the implementation of emergency plans of action, workplans, emergency appeals, and in the mobilization of donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
9. Lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience are collected and analysed for adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are effectively identified.
10. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Sectoral input is provided for all related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
- Provides professional assistance in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.
- 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.
- Identifies formal and informal sources of information. Collects, interprets and analyses all available data on the evolving emergency situation 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
- 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.
- 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 extend 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.
- 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 Emergencies. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep the country office of emergency situations.
- 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.
Emergency Project (Disaster Risk Reduction)
- Participates in the implementation of plans of action and work plans for emergency DRR project. 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.
- 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 sections, field offices and partners 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, Response and DRR. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.
- Ensure implementation of CCDRR programme at sub-national level and provide technical inputs for the effective implementation.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
- Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
- Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO). Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
- Field work experience.
- Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
- Fluency of the local language of the duty station as well as in English; a second UN language an asset
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Working with People
- Drive for Results
- Persuading and Influencing
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Planning and Organizing
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
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
- 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
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.
- 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 organisation.
Advertised: Dec 20 2016 Nepal Standard Time
Application close: Jan 02 2017 Nepal Standard Time