Emergency Programme, P-4
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.
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.
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 chronic and complex emergency in the Somali region that requires senior level leadership to support the Chief Field Office in ensuring efficient rapid response, impactful inter-agency coordination , real time monitoring and reporting as well as support in resource mobilisation for the emergency response.