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Job offer: Emergency Specialist and Temporary Appointment

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Job offer: Emergency Specialist and Temporary Appointment

Closing date: January 23, 2020

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 fulfil 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, Hope.

The purpose is two-fold:

1) to strengthen and sustain access competencies and practices to extend UNICEF reach to children in greatest need, and

2) to support North-West South-West (NWSW) coordination for an integrated humanitarian response while encouraging and supporting inter-cluster response within the overall coordination structure.

Towards this purpose and reporting to the Chief of Field Office (CFO), Buea, the Emergency Specialist (Humanitarian Delivery) will make use of available data and information management tools, consult with key humanitarian stakeholders and apply organizational access guidance for complex emergency environments while engaging closely with the OCHA-led Access Working Group. The product will be a sustained engagement and access strategy relevant to the operating environment.

This will include quality control and strengthening of existing integrated response approaches targeting hard to reach areas and identifying opportunities for expansion with a wider coalition of partners and stakeholders including the framework of inter-cluster coordination forum.

UNICEF piloted a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM)-like approach in June 2019 and will expand on this model in 2020. However, a complex access situation and difficult operating environment has limited the capacity of UNICEF partners to access target populations sufficiently and in a timely manner. Operating closer to scale has also been a challenge. This RRM-like strategy has been limited to UNICEF and implementing partners only, and not collaborative with other humanitarian actors, although discussions are ongoing with other agencies, including WFP. Drawing from this experience, UNICEF is revising its strategy on reaching people in hard to reach areas to adopt a more effective, integrated and scale-based strategy involving additional humanitarian actors.

In working to strengthen humanitarian access to children, UNICEF has heavily relied on its implementing partners to facilitate access, both for programme delivery and UNICEF staff access for assessment and monitoring. This has not been without challenges. In recent months, it has become clear that the Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) prefer speaking directly to UNICEF given suspicions as to whether such assistance comes from the government or not. This applies at all levels of the NSAGs. A risk-informed, fit for purpose strategy needs to be advanced towards greater acceptance and results for children.

Broadly, the Emergency Specialist (Humanitarian Delivery) will spend 50% of his/her time on access facilitation and 50% of his/her time on supporting the integrated response of UNICEF in coordination with the existing UNICEF NW/SW team including two Emergency Specialists (Buea and Bamenda) and Programme Officers, presently based in Buea.

Under the supervision of the CFO, the Emergency Specialist (Humanitarian Delivery) will identify both programme access and delivery constraints and enablers and will consolidate information, undertake analysis, the advice in support of the overall Cameroon Country Office emergency response for North-West and South-West regions. This will build upon existing UNICEF response, current access and acceptance approaches and enable a more effective strategy in coordination with the OCHA-led Access Working Group (WG).

The Emergency Specialist (Humanitarian Delivery) will also support the CFO in monitoring response against humanitarian targets (including cluster).

How can you make a difference?

Work closely with Emergency Specialists and Programme Officers (POs) to strengthen integrated response both as UNICEF and within inter-cluster coordination in the NW/SW regions. This will include having an overview of all the UNICEF interventions based on which he/she will provide strategic guidance to POs and Emergency Specialists in the implementation of the UNICEF response strategy. Day to day liaison will be maintained with other UN agencies and inter-cluster forum to support coherence and identify opportunities. He/she will support the CFO in needed follow up with programme staff.
Work closely with UNICEF staff and partners in comprehensive access mapping and assessment. This will entail identifying the root causes of inaccessibility at the local level, supporting analysis to understand the conflict dynamics among the stakeholders and parties to the conflict. Based on requisite mapping and analysis, he/she will develop and support the implementation of an access strategy, including by adapting, building on, identifying or developing new access and/or programme strategies to increase the number of children reached and support the successful delivery of UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance to populations in need with a focus to those in hard to reach areas. He/she will engage with all the stakeholders to facilitate access and represent UNICEF in the access WG where he/she will contribute to the development of common principled access strategy for the UN.
Support humanitarian access-related capacity building and training for implementing partners and concerned UNICEF staff, including on humanitarian principles, access monitoring, dialogue with non-state entities, programme criticality, and humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Humanitarian assistance, Risk Management, Political Science, International Relations, or related area.*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience humanitarian action, including advocacy and access.
  • Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian access related analytical processes is essential.
  • UN and/or international humanitarian programming experience in complex emergencies is required.
  • Experience of coordinating multi-sectoral/multi-cluster programmes is an asset.
  • The incumbent will possess analytical and information management skills and will be able to interpret data and access information, and analyses complex political situations and dynamics.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication (II), Working with People (II) and Drive for Results (II).

The functional competencies required for this post are...
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Analyzing [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [III]
View our competency framework at

http://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.

Remarks:
  • 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.
  • Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
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=529195

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