UNICEF Jobs - Chief Field Office Jobs in Somali Region - Jijiga - Ethiopia

UNICEF Jobs - Chief Field Office Jobs in Somali Region - Jijiga - Ethiopia

Job no: 518296

Work type:

  • Fixed Term Staff


  • Ethiopia


  • P-5, Senior Leadership Vacancies, Chief Field Office

    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 Future

    UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for the last 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.

    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.

    The Somali region borders the Ethiopian regions of Oromia and Afar to the west, as well as Djibouti to the north, Somalia to the north, east and south and Kenya to the southwest.

    Somali region is predominantly inhabited by Moslem pastoralists (85 per cent). There are significant geographical disparities and there are visible developmental inequities within the region, whereby, 32.8 per cent of the population lives well below the poverty line.

    Somali region is one of the four regions classified as a Developing Regional State (DRS) by the Ethiopian Government. These are regions where poverty incidences are higher and social indicators lag significantly behind the national averages. In addition, the region is prone to drought, floods, disease outbreaks and inter-clan conflicts.

    UNICEF supports the Somali Regional Government to reach its most vulnerable populations through several initiatives such as the Mobile Health and Nutrition team (MHNT) to implement Basic Social Services (BSS) interventions that include health, nutrition, education, Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) and child protection and aim at accelerating development in the most ‘lagging behind’ woredas.

    UNICEF also responds to emergencies in the region, by supporting cluster coordination and providing the necessary lifesaving supplies.

    The Jijiga field office is the biggest field office in terms of staff numbers with over 70 staff and a through put of over 17.5 million dollars annually.

    The region is complex politically and UNICEF works very closely with the government as well as several partners and counterparts in the region.


  • Under the supervision of the Chief Field Operations and Emergency ( based in Addis Ababa), plan and manage the implementation of the UNICEF CPD in Somali- specific requirements to improve the situation of women and children through the pursuit of organizational goals and priorities as they apply to the country's and region’s development programme, needs and priorities.
  • You will also be responsible for the management of human and financial resources in the sub-office in support of the country programme.

    Summary of key functions/account-abilities:

  • Programme Development & Monitoring
    Monitor the Situation -- Develop and maintain a sound knowledge and understanding of the national and regional economic, social and political situation in order to assess impact on the situation of and programmes for children and to identify needs and opportunities.
  • Programme Implementation -- In collaboration with relevant sections of the Country Office, plan, coordinate and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF support within the province.
  • Country Programme – Contribute to the Country Office situation analysis,
    country Programme formulation, country programme management plan, plans of action, project agreements, project cooperation agreements, annual and mid-term reviews, annual reports, and other required documentation.
  • Technical Assistance – Provide to government and NGO partners technical support on situation analysis, policy, plan/programme/project formulation, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Monitoring - Organize and participate in the regular monitoring of UNICEF cooperation in the province through programme/project review, field visits, inspection of supplies, and review of reports, accounts and outputs.
  • Reporting - In cooperation with relevant sections of the Country Office, prepare or contribute to the annual report, donor reports and special reports, covering programme implementation, cash operations, personnel, special problems.


  • Follow up immediately on all reports of emergency situations which may have impact on the situation of children and women.
  • Undertake fact finding, consult relevant government and NGOs, and file reports with the UNICEF Emergency management team especially with (Representative, Emergency Manager, Chief Field Operations and Emergency and relevant sections.

    Team Leadership and Management

  • Team Leadership -Provide inspiring leadership to the provincial UNICEF team in terms of UNICEF Mission, guiding principles, policy interpretation, guidance on procedures, developing and maintenance of positive attitudes, constructive team behavior, and positive relations with all partners.
  • Management – Through participatory approaches, manage the work of the Regional UNICEF office and team, ensuring high standards of accountability and efficiency.

    Representation, Advocacy and Communication

  • Representation – Represent UNICEF and the rights and needs of children to the state government, to civil society institutions, to partners and to society.
  • Advocacy – Advocate with the regional government, civil society organizations, media and society, attention to the rights and needs of children, as well as specific policies, strategies, plans, projects and practices in support of those rights and needs.
  • Communication – Undertake communication activities in support of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Policy and the UNICEF-supported Country Programme.


  • Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences or related field.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation at national & international levels, at least 5 years of which should be in developing countries.
  • 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.


  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (II)

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 16th December 2018
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Jobs - Chief Field Office Jobs in Somali Region - Jijiga - Ethiopia

    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.

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