Emergency Officer, (Standby Arrangements - Inter Agency and Humanitarian Partnerships), (P-2), Geneva, Switzerland
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, a champion.
In line with UNICEF’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, humanitarian action is fundamental to realizing the rights of very child. As such, it is central to UNICEF’s mandate, encompassing effective preparedness, response and early recovery to save lives and protect child rights. EMOPS provides quality, effective and timely support to country and regional offices to better invest in preparedness and respond to the most pressing humanitarian challenges for improved and sustained results for children affected by humanitarian crises. EMOPS’ goals support the Strategic Plan’s focus on equity, reaching the most disadvantaged and helping humanitarian investments lead to better development outcomes. In order to achieve this, EMOPS has humanitarian access, principled humanitarian assistance and protection for children; risk analysis and monitoring, preparedness and response; strategic alliances and partnerships; safety and security of programmes and staff; and humanitarian coordination as key focus areas.
Strategic alliances, partnerships and advocacy strengthening and expansion for child focused humanitarian action are critical to deliver results for children and realize their rights in humanitarian situations. Partners are also key providers of support services and experts for UNICEF in emergency response.
Job organizational context
The job is under the Inter-Agency and Humanitarian Partnerships Section (Geneva): The IA&HP works to strengthen the contribution of UNICEF and EMOPS to fostering effective alliances and relationships with UN agencies, IASC processes, and advocates with Member States on behalf children in humanitarian situations and how member states can do to preserve and protect their rights The section also monitors trends and events in the Geneva humanitarian environment, promotes UNICEF positions and provides substantive comments in relevant humanitarian environment, promotes UNICEF positions and provides substantive comments in relevant humanitarian fora. The IA&HP also builds operational relationships with NGOS and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements. Cooperation is fostered through regular consultations with these partners and engagement on substantive issues in order to bring our work closer to children, enhance engagement with frontline responders and enhance operational work on child protection issues requiring special attention, including working with children with disabilities, the provision of psychosocial support and other areas. The Emergency Officer will work particularly on the standby partner portfolio which provides in kind expertise for UNICEF operations in emergencies.
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Emergency Specialist, Standby Arrangements, the position will manage and strengthen UNICEF’s engagement with organisations who collaborate as ‘standby partners’ to enable UNICEF to provide adequate, effective and efficient deployment of human resources in situations and frontline service delivery capacity in emergencies.
With the Emergency Specialist, Standby Arrangements, the Emergency Officer will serve as the global focal point for emergency standby capacity requests, nominations and selections. With the Global Cluster Coordination Unit, the Emergency Officer manages the recording and reporting of Rapid Response Team(RRT)/Field Support Team(FST) deployments; oversees the pre-deployment and logistics of standby deployees and RRT/FST members deploying to UNICEF offices, as well as extensions and post mission performance evaluation. The Emergency Officer also provides analysis and strategic reporting on UNICEF emergency standby capacity response. The Emergency Officer is tasked to strengthen knowledge management and data to support the development of more effective partnership, measure and evidence results, and advocate for improvements to deployment practices through close collaboration with DHR. The Emergency Officer also represents the Section in trainings and is a key interlocutor with partner. The Emergency Officer supports partnership development and expansion, as well as ensuring standby management processes are fit for purpose.
Program Development and Partnerships
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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.
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.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.
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=526972