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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
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.
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.
UNICEF is recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Education Specialist, NO-C
Job Number: 498549
Location: Borno, Nigeria
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
Purpose of the Position
- Under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor,
establishes and implements country office emergency preparedness and
response. 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.
Key Expected Results
- Emergency preparedness is effectively arranged together with
establishment of country contingency plans and early warning mechanisms.
- Substantive improvements are made in the emergency preparedness
and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners
through conduct of effective training activities.
- In the event of an emergency, UNICEF’s presence is promptly
established 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.
- Needs assessment is effectively conducted to determine
priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local
emergency situation affecting children, their families and community.
- 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.
- Management is kept informed of humanitarian developments in
relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats and
opportunities/issues in the country.
- 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.
- Technical advice on emergencies and programme management related
to implementation of emergency preparedness measures are effectively
- Emergency preparedness and response, and a consistent flow of
information of the humanitarian situation are effectively coordinated
within the office.
- 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
- Timely delivery of assistance and supplies is provided, urgent
staffing requirements are identified, and the appropriate use of UNICEF
resources is monitored for effective project delivery.
- Emergency appeals and project proposals are prepared, and
concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and
- Longer-term requirements of the emergency
operation/interventions are determined to build a regular operational
and staffing structure.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
- Adopts adequate emergency preparedness measures through the
development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment
of early warning mechanisms, to ensure effective preparedness and
response to specific emergencies.
- Develops and maintains databases on country/regional
information, and ensure the flow of information and communication
crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness
and response management. Identifies availability of resources in
emergency prone areas and establish logistics plans to be implemented
during an emergency operation, to ensure a timely and effective
- Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff
capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Assists in
developing and conducting emergency training courses. Provides training
and/or briefing, as required. 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.
- Participates in the formulation and development of plans of
action in preparation and response to emergencies, monitors compliance
of all sectors with emergency plans of action, including financial
resources. Ensures coordination of the management of emergency
preparedness and response.
- Provides technical advice related to emergency preparedness and
response, including on programme management related issues. Provides
advice to the country office in the implementation of emergency
preparedness measures in the field to strengthen preparedness and
response mechanisms in the country faced with impending emergencies.
- In the event of an emergency, takes prompt action as a member of
the Emergency Response Team which is deployed immediately to establish
UNICEF’s presence and implement the initial operational tasks relating
to emergency assistance. Immediately verifies the nature and extend of
the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or
local organizations and media. Ensures that the office is provided with
effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in
an emergency, as necessary. In coordination with the programme and
operations groups, establishes contact with all UNICEF staff, their
dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and
informs OPSCEN and the Regional Director of their status.
- 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
- Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN
agencies, media and other partners to keep abreast of emergency
- Applies the emergency preparedness and response plan as
necessary, and identifies urgent staffing requirements and redeploys
country office staff as required.
- Executes the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of
supplies, monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF
resources/inputs. Iidentifies problems and constraints in order to
ensure effective project delivery.
- Certifies the disbursement of funds, monitors expenditures and
submits financial status reports. Sets up a reporting system and sends
daily situation reports to concerned parties.
- Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of
the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children and its
impact on the community. Assesses the validity of the office
preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis the current crisis
as well as immediate and additional needs.
- 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
- Participates in the implementation of plans of action and
workplans for emergency projects. Implements and manages project
activities. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to
assess local conditions and monitor project progress.
- Makes technical decisions on project administration (e.g., activates, requests or reprogrammes allocation of emergency funds).
- 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.
- 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.
- Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
- Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies.
- 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
- Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.
- Identifies longer-term requirements of the emergency
operation/interventions. Proposes a more regular operational and
staffing structure to take over from the Emergency Response Team.
- 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
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced University degree in one of the following fields:
Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Law, Public
Health, Nutrition, International Relations, Business Administration or
other related disciplines. Preferably a combination of management,
administration, and relevant technical fields.
- Five years of progressively responsible professional work
experience at the national and international levels in programme/project
development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and
- Field work experience.
- Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
- Fluency of the local language of the duty station as well as proficiency in English; a second UN language an asset
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Working with People
- Drive for Results
- Leading and Supervising
- Planning and Organizing
- Adapting and Responding Change
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
- Deciding and Initiating Action
- Persuading and Influencing
- Applying Technical Expertise
Specific Technical Knowledge Required:
- UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and
international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts,
natural disasters, and recovery.
- Knowledge of global humanitarian issues, specifically relating
to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
- Knowledge of UN humanitarian reform principles, international humanitarian laws.
- Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality.
Common Technical Knowledge Required:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced:
- UN security operations and guidelines.
- Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
- UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions in international developing cooperation.
- Current knowledge of development issues and social programming in international development cooperation context.
- Knowledge of the latest developments and trends in emergency preparedness and response management related fields.
- UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian/emergency issues and response.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 30th August, 2016