Emergency Officer, National Officer-Level 2 (NO-B), Jijiga, Somali Region ( Fixed Term Position, open to Ethiopian Nationals only)
Job no: 528900
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Ethiopia Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)
Department/Office: Jijiga, Ethiopia
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, saving lives !
UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for the last 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.
We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.
In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.
The Somali region borders the Ethiopian regions of Oromia and Afar to the west, as well as Djibouti to the north, Somalia to the north, east and south and Kenya to the southwest. Somali region is predominantly inhabited by Moslem pastoralists (85 per cent). There are significant geographical disparities and there are visible developmental inequities within the region, whereby, 32.8 per cent of the population lives well below the poverty line. Somali region is one of the four regions classified as a Developing Regional State (DRS) by the Ethiopian Government. These are regions where poverty incidences are higher and social indicators lag significantly behind the national averages. In addition, the region is prone to drought, floods, disease outbreaks and inter-clan conflicts.
UNICEF supports the Somali Regional Government to reach its most vulnerable populations through several initiatives such as the Mobile Health and Nutrition team (MHNT) to implement Basic Social Services (BSS) interventions that include health, nutrition, education, Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) and child protection and aim at accelerating development in the most ‘lagging behind’ woredas. UNICEF also responds to emergencies in the region, by supporting cluster coordination and providing the necessary lifesaving supplies.
The chronic and complex emergency in the Somali region that requires senior level leadership to support the Chief Field Office in ensuring efficient rapid response, impactful inter-agency coordination , real time monitoring and reporting as well as support in resource mobilisation for the emergency response.
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the supervisor, implement field office emergency preparedness and response. Responsible for the technical contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions to advance the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in an emergency situation. Lead in field office information management for humanitarian action and ensuring linkages with the overall field office monitoring system.
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.
2. 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.
3. Ensures solid information management systems are in place to manage data, project information, and grant details for all humanitarian projects. Develops and maintains the humanitarian performance monitoring system for humanitarian action in the field office.
4. 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
5. Assists in organizing and conducting staff training for the office’s capacity building in information management for humanitarian actions. Emergency Response
- 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.
- Tags child protection cluster coordination disaster prevention emergency preparedness emergency situation information management monitoring and evaluation monitoring and reporting pastoralist pastoralists procurement public administration risk analysis social inclusion social indicators social policy social sciences social services sustainable development sustainable development goals vulnerable populations
- Produces infographics, maps and SitRep inputs that illustrates thorough analysis of needs and UNICEF responses. Provide similar support to UNICEF clusters.
8. 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 10. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency project. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Carries out project administration. 11. 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.
12. Works with other colleagues 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 and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree in one of the following fields: statistics, social sciences, public administration,business administration or other related disciplines. Training in information management highly desired.
- Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in information management, programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.Field work experience. Training/experience in information management or emergency response management highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required. and a local working language of the duty station and/or a second UN language an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
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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.
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.
Qualified Women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: Jan 02 2020 E. Africa Standard Time Application close: Jan 16 2020 E. Africa Standard Time