Deadline: 18 December 2019
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Emergency Specialist in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
The Emergency Specialist will be responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions, including contributing to fundraising for humanitarian activities, to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in emergency.
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Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Emergency Specialist will perform the following functions:
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- Emergency Preparedness
- Ensure that adequate emergency preparedness measures are taken through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms, which leads to more effective preparedness and response to specific emergencies.
- Participate in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, and monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action, including financial resources.
- Ensure coordination of the management of emergency preparedness and response.
- Provide policy and program advice related to emergencies, including on management related issues.
- Develop and maintain database on country/regional information, and ensures the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies.
- Emergency Response
- In the event of an emergency, takes prompt action as Team Leader or 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.
- Assist the Chief of Field Office (Borno) and Nigeria Country Office Senior Management in emergency operations oversight and program management to ensure that the funding, budget, management, reporting, and field presence coordination are managed efficiently and effectively with clear accountabilities.
- Prepare inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies as well as project proposals for emergency.
- Establishe longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions.
- Plan and develop a more regular operational and staffing structure to take over from the Emergency Response Team.
- Humanitarian Coordination
- Provides effective oversight and guidance to sector coordinators where UNICEF is the lead agency (Education, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection) to ensure internal coordination across sectors and with programmes (including where UNICEF is not the sector lead (e.g. Health), as well as vis-à-vis inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms and the OHCT in Maiduguri.
- Early Recovery
- Ensure a strategic approach (short term and long term) to programme development, taking into account and building upon country objectives and priorities, including the link between humanitarian response, early recovery and the reconstruction and development programme.
- Ensure early recovery programme commitments as per the CCCs are included in sector plans.
- Coordinate UNICEF’s participation in Post-Crisis Needs Assessments, adjusts programme strategies as relevant and facilitates the coordination of UNICEF inputs into national plans and recovery frameworks.
Applicants must have:
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- 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.
- 8 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels, including in complex emergency response management in conflict settings, humanitarian coordination, programme development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of another UN language /Local working language of the duty station an asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
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