Job no: 541930
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Categories: Emergency Programme
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, safety
In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with government, civil society, children and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click HERE to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direction and guidance of the (Deputy) Representative, coordinates overall country office emergency preparedness and response. Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions, including fund-raising for emergency activities, to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in emergency. Provides coordination and support for policy and programme planning and management in UNICEF supported emergency programme
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Emergency preparedness is effectively arranged together with establishment of country contingency plans and early warning mechanisms.
- Emergency preparedness and response plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.
- Emergency plans of action are developed, and compliance and coordination of all sectors with the plans are implemented.
- Provide policy advice and guidance on emergencies and programme related to implementation of emergency preparedness measures.
- Significant improvements are made in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through conduct of effective training activities.
- Ensure UNICEF’s presence is promptly established in the event of an emergency and the initial emergency operational tasks are effectively executed, including provision of support for information communication technology, telecommunications facility and all staff security related assistance in the country office.
- Conduct effective needs assessment to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency situation affecting children and their families and community.
- Provide effective assistance to the (Deputy) Representative in emergency operations oversight and program management with clear accountabilities.
- Ensure emergency appeals and project proposals are prepared, and concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
- Ensure continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison are maintained with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies in support of the special needs of children and women affected by emergency situations within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.
- Keep management informed of humanitarian developments in relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in the country.
- Ensure emergency preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Sectoral input is provided for all related documents for the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines. Preferably a combination of management, administration, and relevant technical fields.
- Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
- Experience working in a developing country.
- Extensive experience in both stand-alone and mainstreamed emergency preparedness and response
- Experience in donor relations building and management
- Experience in inter-agency coordination mechanisms, advocacy and strategic response direction
- Experience in resilience, nexus programming and early recovery is an asset
- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
- Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and
- Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
- Works Collaboratively with others (2)
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
- Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
- Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
- Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
Click HERE to view UNICEF competency framework
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.
NOTE: Priority will be given to qualified female candidates to close the gender gap at the CO.
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.
“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/” Shortlisted candidate remark Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Deadline: 22 Jul 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time