Job at UNICEF for an Education Specialist

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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about
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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
    recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
  • Longer-term requirements of the emergency
    operation/interventions are determined to build a regular operational
    and staffing structure.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
Emergency Preparedness:

  • 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
    emergency response.
  • 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.
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Emergency Response:

  • 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

Emergency Project:

  • 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
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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
Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Analyzing
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Adapting and Responding Change
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Applying Technical Expertise

Technical Knowledge
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:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  30th August, 2016

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