Recruitment of Chief - Emergency (Disaster Risk Reduction) at UNICEF

Closing Date- 25th September, 2019

About the Organization
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Chief, Emergency (Disaster Risk Reduction)

Purpose for the job
Under the direction and guidance of the Deputy Representative for Programme, coordinates overall country office emergency preparedness and response and disaster risk reduction action. Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency and DRR interventions, including fund-raising for emergency and DRR activities, to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected and high-risk communities.  Provides support to mainstreaming risk informed programming across UNICEF sectoral interventions at national and state levels. Provides coordination and support for policy and programme planning and management in UNICEF supported emergency, DRR and risk informed programming.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
  1. Emergency preparedness, DRR activities, risk informed programming are effectively arranged together with establishment of country Annual workplans, country contingency plans and early warning mechanisms. Provides guidance and oversight for DRR contribution to ICO convergent programmes
  2. Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document. Plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.
  3. Plans of action are developed, and compliance and coordination of all sectors with the plans are implemented.
  4. Contribute to the overall planning, preparation and management of UNICEF country programme by: a) supporting organization-wide advocacy in common efforts for policy/strategy development and coordinated action; and b) promoting public awareness of UNICEF and its DRR and emergency response interventions through studies, technical surveys, evaluations, public information/media and work at the community-level institutions.

  1. Provides policy advice on emergencies, DRR and risk informed programming guidance related to implementation of these activities are effectively provided.
  2. Establishes close collaboration with national and state disaster management authorities, NGOs community groups, other partners and allies to keep abreast with disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation initiatives and efforts, collect information, identify problems and constraints, and advocate for tangible solutions for children affected by disasters.
  3. Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies in support of the special needs of children and women affected by disasters based on the Core Commitment for Children

Emergency Preparedness & Response
  1. Coordinates and manages emergency preparedness and response and a consistent flow of information of the humanitarian situation are effectively maintained within the office.
  2. In the event of an emergency, guides and supports prompt establishment of UNICEF's presence, and effective execution of the initial emergency operational tasks, including provision of support for information communication technology, telecommunications facility and all staff security related assistance in the country office.
  3. Guides and coordinates effective conduct of needs assessment to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency situation affecting children and their families and community.
  4. Provides effective assistance to the Representative, Deputy Representative for Programme, and Chief of Field Services in emergency operations oversight and program management with clear accountabilities. Management is kept informed of humanitarian developments in relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in the country.
  5. 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 sector approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

Capacity Building
  1. Develops and manages plans for significant improvements in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through conduct of effective capacity building activities/partnerships.
  2. Advocates and provides technical support to government for mainstreaming child centred disaster risk reduction in policy, planning and implementation with due consideration of provisions outlined in the National Disaster Management Act’2005, UNICEF’s global commitments and initiatives in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and relevant SDGs.
  3. Contributes to a strengthened government led emergency response and humanitarian action and ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

Management & Fundraising
  1. Ensures longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are determined to develop a regular operational and staffing structure.
  2. Coordinates and guides preparation of Emergency appeals, project proposals, and donor reports; ensures concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
  3. Represents UNICEF in all humanitarian, recovery and disaster risk reduction related forums at the strategic level, including with the United Nations Disaster Management Team and UN Results Group on DRR and Climate Change, 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.
  4. Monitors programme implementation and compliance and provide support and guidance to ensure programme objectives are met. This entails identification of human resource requirements, performance planning, monitoring and appraisal, as well as planning and monitoring the use of budgetary resources.
  5. Other duties, as needed and determined by Country Representative and Deputy Representative for Programme.

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.

  1. Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
  2. Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  3. Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable

Language Requirements
Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

How to apply
Wed Sep 25 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

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