DRC Ebola Response Coordinator, (P-5), Fixed-Term, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), #111000

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 16 Oct 2019

For every child, make a difference

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why UNICEF’s focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. 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.

For every child, a fulfilling life

In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.

DRC is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the World where UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

How can you make a difference?

The DRC Country Office is seeking to hire an Ebola Coordinator to lead its Ebola Response in Eastern DRC. Under the supervision of the DRC Representative, the Ebola Coordinator is accountable for the overall leadership and managerial guidance on the UNICEF Ebola Response as well as programme policy direction and new initiatives. She/he is accountable for programme and operations coordination, and the management of all phases of programme and operations formulation, planning, design, implementation and administration of the total Ebola response commitment with a broad range of projects, consistent with the organization’s goals, strategy, and priorities.

Key Accountabilities and Duties and Tasks1. Managerial Guidance, Policy Advice and Coordination

  • Ensures the achievement of UNICEF's Ebola Response goals by providing overall leadership and managerial guidance to senior level programme and operations teams on policy direction, work plans and control mechanisms and by monitoring compliance and performance standards, in accordance with Country Programme Recommendation and Country Programme Management Plan, focussed on the achievement of UNICEF's Priorities.
  • Provides expert technical and policy advice to the Representative on Ebola Response strategies, planning and courses of action; provide authoritative interpretation of guidelines and organizational policy, contributing to the development of new guidelines through the Response cycle.
  • Monitors development activities at the international, national, regional and provincial levels. Initiates new approaches and develops methodologies to best meet goals and objectives. Prepare position papers for use in the development of the UNICEF global programme policy.
  • Collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for overall coordination. Collaborates closely with the Deputy Representative - Programmes and Deputy Representative - Operations to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • 2. Knowledge Management

  • Ensure that the Ebola Response programmes and operations are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Knowledge Network system of ""lessons learned"" and other corporate-level databases; participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.
  • 3. Ebola Response Programme Development and Management

  • Supervises and coordinates the preparation/updating of the Situation Analysis for Ebola Response development. Enhance the identification/review of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; providing accurate, updated analysis of country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Formulates Response goals and objectives and develops strategies and implementation frameworks. Analyses, evaluates and consolidates Ebola Response documentation. Prepares programme recommendations for inclusion in formal Response documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Coordinate or prepare Ebola Response work plans and changes as required. Provides leadership and guidance in meeting objectives.
  • Supports overall management through participation in management meetings within the office, to review major office operations, human resources, programme and administrative budget management.
  • 4. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

  • Adopts rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme and operations goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme and operations planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on Ebola Response implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfillment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.
  • 5. Optimum Use Of Ebola Response Funds

  • Oversee and establish Ebola Response work plans and monitor progress and compliance. Approves and monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of Response funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of Ebola Response funds. Ensure programme and operations efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme and operations planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • 6. Ebola Response Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess Ebola Response implementation and decides on required corrective action.
  • Carries out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and coordinate the major Ebola Response evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Deputy Reresentatives (Operations and Programmes), the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of the Ebola Response delivery. Participates in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.
  • 7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels

  • Approaches policy analysis from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue.
  • 8. Advocacy, Communication and Networking through Partnership and Collaboration

  • Promote and ensure the inclusion of children and the obligations of various actors to meet their rights in international debates, in UNDAFs, in cross-sectoral national policies in legal reforms, in budgetary decisions, in poverty reduction strategies, in sector-wide approaches and individual programmes and projects. Collaborates with Communication and Programme Communication Officers on strategies for information and social mobilization.
  • Promote partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Ensure the linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Represent UNICEF in meetings with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGO's to conduct programme advocacy and negotiations, identify strategic alliances and influence policy development to facilitate achievement of programme goals and objectives. Participate in international/national meetings and workshops.
  • To qualify as a champion for every child, you will have...


  • An Advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Work Experience

  • Ten years of relevant professional work experience.
  • International and developing country work experience and field work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in French and a very good command of English.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    The competencies required for this post:

    Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Core competencies

  • Communication (III)
  • Working with people (III)
  • Drive for results (III)
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising (III)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (III)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (III)
  • Persuading and Influencing (III)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)
  • Planning and Organizing (III)
  • Adapting and Responding to Change (III)
  • View our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.


    * 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 (mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service).

    * Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an 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 offer 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=526787