UN Children's Fund Chief Field Operations & Emergency, Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

UN Children's Fund Chief Field Operations & Emergency, Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Closing date: 20 Aug 2019

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,realizationof rights**

UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for more than 65 yearssupporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realizationof the rights of children and women. UNICEF has presence in all the 8 regions in Ethiopia.

We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.

In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.

How can you make a difference?

Reporting to the Representative, the Chief of Field Operations & Emergency is responsible for the coordination and management of all field Program operations, Humanitarian-related issues in the office ranging from policy development to fund-raising and also responsible for the effective management of the Programme Management and Field Support Unit.

The Chief Field operations & Emergency supervises the Chief Field Offices (8) and the Emergency Management Unit (led by Emergency Manager).

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate UNICEF's involvement within the framework of the UNDAF group on Humanitarian Response, Recovery and Food Security; develop sustainable and institutionalized disaster preparedness and response capacities within government' structures at federal and regional levels; develop and implement a multi-year non-food recovery / transition strategy.
  • Ensure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in all UNICEF annual and regional workplans with special emphasis on the development of community-based mitigation and preparedness in the most marginalized areas of Somali, Afar, Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions as well as other areas highly vulnerable to natural or conflict induced emergencies.

  • Provide leadership, direction and overall coordination and ensure the coherence of a range of special UNICEF assistance supporting populations affected by emergencies due to conditions caused by chronic vulnerability to natural disaster, overall livelihood insecurity and conflict.
  • Maintain continuous, effective and strategic coordination, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs and donors on aspects related to the special needs of children and women threatened or affected by crisis situations.
  • Ensure that the UNICEF support provided to the government in respect to sectoral coordination within the framework of the IASC cluster leadership and based on the Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies is effective.
  • Work with program sections, regional program officers and senior management to mobilize donor response in support of UNICEF emergency preparedness, response and recovery /
    rehabilitation-related funding needs including annual or multi-annual humanitarian appeals and advocacy documents.
  • Represent UNICEF in all humanitarian and recovery related forum at the strategic level and keep management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities / issues around partnership.
  • Oversee that further development of strategies, processes and internal mechanisms to ensure UNICEF's own capacity to respond to emergencies through the Government as well as NGO partners is taking place effectively through the work of the EPR Officer.
  • Provides field operations oversight functions and program management to ensure that the funding, budget, management indicator reporting, NGO/PCA and field office coordination of the regional structures are all managed efficiently and effectively with clear accountabilities.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences or related field*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 10 years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in development project management and reporting. This entails excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Background in handling emergency responses to humanitarian crisis in complex situations.
    Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

    The competencies required for this post are….

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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.

    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.

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