Temporary Appointment: Humanitarian Affairs Specialist, P-4, MENA Regional Office Amman, Jordan (6 months)

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 27 Dec 2017

How can you make a difference?

As emergencies become more frequent, the expectations of UNICEF to deliver on the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) in a timely and effective manner will continue to increase.Emergency preparedness significantly enhances UNICEF’s ability to meet these expectations and save time and resources in the response.

Working under the leadership of the Regional Emergency Adviser (REA), this position plays a key role in strengthening the capacity of the RO to be engaged on technical issues related to humanitarian affairs in the Middle East (e.g. access, IHL, working in hostile environments, NSE engagement, scenario development, etc.) by conducting operationally relevant analysis to inform plans for humanitarian advocacy, access, implementation modalities and contingency planning. Dedicated capacity on humanitarian issues will position UNICEF to be technically engaged and provide leadership on operational and policy issues that are challenging humanitarianism in new ways. The Middle East and North Africa region requires such capacity to be dedicated to enable UNICEF to be proactive rather than reactive in a changing and shrinking humanitarian space.

This position will increase UNICEF’s advocacy for children and on humanitarian issues by devoting dedicated capacity to developing and rolling out a strategy for private advocacy across the region in close consultation with relevant sections and the RMT (through the REA).

With the support provided from this function, UNICEF COs will be better able to think and plan proactively about evolving risks and operational challenges, and will have support draw upon to do so. This will result in stronger preparedness and contingency planning, and an ability to critically anticipate operational and programmatic challenges.

MENA will be a “learning lab” for humanitarian policy issues, and MENARO will be able to actively participate in developing and piloting policies in the field. Humanitarian staff across the region will have access to improved analysis, research, and evidence to inform their planning and decision making. Staff working on humanitarian issues will have access to professional development and capacity building opportunities to support personal and professional growth.

This TOR is meant to temporarily cover the duties of a staff member going on maternity leave for six months. The accountabilities, duties and tasks are therefore narrowed down to workplan activities that need to be completed during this time-period.


  • Reports to the Regional Emergency Adviser in MENARO.
  • Accountable for developing a programme of work on analysis, supporting humanitarian advocacy in all L3 situations, and supporting knowledge exchange in the region.
  • Manage and deliver goals, objectives and results whilst working in close collaboration with other RO sections.
  • Work effectively in a matrixed manner with other colleagues in the Humanitarian Team who cover specific countries and/or other thematic portfolios.
  • Manage humanitarian analysis and advocacy function including establishing workplan and monitoring progress, overseeing work of consultants.
  • Supervise NoC (National Officer) Analysis position.
  • Ensure timely and effective technical decision making on issues within the workplan.

  • Conduct operationally relevant analysis on emerging political, security, and humanitarian issues in MENA which will inform plans for humanitarian advocacy, access, implementation modalities and contingency planning and country, sub regional and regional levels.
  • Compile research on certain topics on a regular basis and other projects on demand.
  • Engage with partners, research institutions, and think tanks doing research on humanitarian issues in the region, in close coordination with other RO colleagues and in support of CO-led partnerships.
  • Coordinate the development and tracking of the implementation of L3 crises advocacy strategies with relevant emergency focal points and in close collaboration with the MENA Communications section.
  • Support and foster knowledge exchange among humanitarian practitioners in the region (UNICEF and external) for the purpose of learning, performance enhancement and innovation. This knowledge exchange function will be done under the overall lead of the knowledge management expert in the RO and working closely with EMOPS.
  • Provide review of UNICEF SitAns (Situation Analysis), and planning documents, with a view on strengthening situation analyses to enable risk-informed programming.
  • Draft monthly newsletter with inputs from the humanitarian team (and RO as relevant);
  • Oversee and support the implementation of 1-2 webinars with think-tanks on relevant humanitarian policy/practice issues relevant to MENA humanitarian staff.
  • Oversee the completion of a regional stakeholder mapping to be presented to the spring RMT (Regional Management Team).
  • Based on the completed stakeholder mapping, in consultation with the REA (Regional Emergency Advisor) and follow-up to the RMT, commission and oversee the drafting of a regional advocacy strategy development for MENA.
  • Support to the organization of a MENA Humanitarian Network Meeting.
  • Regularly liaise with all sections the Regional Office, with EMOPS and other divisions as relevant and with COs to ensure that the analytical products, advocacy tools, and other products are responsive to the needs of humanitarian practitioners in the region;
  • Flag major risks and opportunities in his/her area of work for the attention of management;
  • Perform any other tasks as required by the supervisor and DRD (Department of Rural Development) /Regional Director.
  • Qualification of Successful Candidate

  • Education:An Advanced University degree in social sciences, relevant humanitarian sector, conflict studies, social sciences or another relevant diploma.*First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree
  • Work Experience:Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in policy, planning or programming in humanitarian action. Demonstrated analytical capacity. Demonstrated experience in humanitarian advocacy and knowledge management. Strong project management skills relating to analysis, coordinated advocacy, knowledge exchange and/or innovation. Technical proficiency in HTML, Lotus Notes, SharePoint collaborative tools. Some exposure to/knowledge of UNICEF or UN work in the humanitarian sector (directly or as a partner) is an asset.
  • Language Proficiency:Fluency in English is required, fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.


    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.



    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

    * Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=509288