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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : United States of America: Emergency Specialist ( Emergency Response Team Member ), P-4, EMOPS NYHQ #103046

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision of the Chief, Humanitarian Field Support Section (HFSS), EMOPS New York, and as a member of the ERT, the position will provide support to the coordination of UNICEF's emergency response in crisis situations, through deployment to affected country offices, in full contact and consultation with Regional and Country Offices, and in close collaboration with the Office of Emergency Programmes. The position will provide support to overall leadership, guidance and direction to the UNICEF Emergency Response Team for programme planning, implementation and analysis to emergency programmes.

When deployed to a CO:

  • Support the coordination of rapid assessments (inter agency or independently, as appropriate) during the acute stage of an emergency to determine programmatic needs as well as factors affecting the organization's capacity to function in the field.
  • Within the onset of an emergency, help develop a simple data collection plan, covering key data gaps as required for the continued emergency response.
  • Support the provision of managerial field-based guidance to programme teams on policy, and with the Representative, determine priorities for intervention and any changes that may be required to design and scale up result-based humanitarian emergency operations.
  • Collaborate with sectoral programme officers to ensure that sectoral programmes in all regions of an emergency situation are coherent with UNICEF's country programme and its Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) are met.
  • In conjunction with the respective CO senior management help oversee preparation of project proposals for emergency assistance and related documentation within UNICEF within a coordinated assistance approach.
  • As agreed with the Representative, help represent UNICEF in discussions with inter-agency partners, donors, government and other relevant actors to advocate and assist in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of emergency assistance and coordination.
  • Coordinate inputs; prepare plans of action and work plans for project implementation to help ensure timely delivery of humanitarian assistance. Undertake frequent visits to all emergency programme locations to assess and monitor progress. Supervise project administration. Coordinate inputs and prepare project progress reports for UNICEF, donors and partners
  • Provide support to inter-agency policy consultations in the emergency situation to ensure a coordinated timely response and to ensure evolution of programme focus with changes in context. Coordinate with RO/HQs to establish a clear position and coherent strategy.
  • Work towards maximizing humanitarian access, realization of child rights and monitoring of violations including human security issues and staff security within the organizational context with partners.
  • Prepare an End of Mission/handover Report for submission to the Representative, Regional Director and Director EMOPS. Ensure regular liaison with regional offices, headquarters and partners to ensure follow-up actions at the respective levels and information needs are met.

When not deployed to the field:

  • Provide overall support to EMOPS preparedness and response initiatives, in particular on emergency preparedness and response initiatives in order to improve the quality and consistency of UNICEF's actions.

Qualification of Successful Candidate

  • Education:An advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, or a related technical field
  • Work Experience:Eight years professional work experience at national and international levels in humanitarian response. Preferred experience in emergency preparedness and response at field level.
  • Language Proficiency:Fluency in English required; proficiency in another UN language highly desirable.

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.

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

How to apply:

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. To apply, click on the following link