Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Current Vacancy of Emergency Specialist in UNICEF India

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Emergency Specialist

Purpose Of The Post

Under the general supervision of the Chief, Emergency, the incumbent will be responsible for providing expert technical advice through monitoring of the emergency threats and effectively responding to emergency situations as per UNICEF’s mission and mandate; identification, formulation of project/donor proposals.

Follow up on emergency and disaster risk reduction programmes’ implementation; monitoring and evaluation of emergency programmes; liaison, partnership and advocacy with the government, UN and NGO partners in disaster risk reduction. The incumbent will be assisting country office/state offices in the emergency preparedness and response programmes.

Section/Division: Emergency Section

Duty Station: New Delhi

Applications consisting of cover letter and an up-to-date resume should be sent to indiahr@unicef.org before 27th may 2009.

In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, clearly mention the title of the post on the subject line of your email/application.

The application of only the short listed candidates will be acknowledged . This vacancy is open to Indian nationals only

Major Duties And Responsibilities

* To provide technical / expert support to the state offices during emergencies, including assessment missions, overall coordination, fundraising, liaison with government, NGOs and other players. To timely prepare project high quality proposals for emergency assistance and other related reports and documentation during acute emergencies as required. (10%)
* To implement and monitor project activities. To undertake field visits to emergency project areas to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. To take decisions on project administration. To ensure that planning is in place for the timely delivery of assistance and supplies, monitor the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources/inputs, ensure effective advocacy and communication strategy is in place; this planning must bridge sectoral elements for the full emergency response. To certify disbursement of funds, monitor expenditures and submit financial status report. (15%)
* To nurture and strengthen key partnerships, as well as participate in policy discussions on disaster risk reduction issues, with government and other partners and allies (the National Disaster Management Authority; Sphere Group; UNDMT; RedR; donors, etc.). To ensure appropriate advocacy efforts as well as effective coordination in emergency situations as required by UNICEF’s mandate. To attend and represent UNICEF Emergency Section at various regular and ad hoc strategic and technical meetings as required. (25%)
* To contribute professionally toward the effective implementation of the annual work plan and five-year plan for emergency section and state offices. To co-chair Emergency response team meeting in Delhi, and assist in coaching emergency focal points in all offices. To assist in developing country-level emergency preparedness and response plans (EPRP) and Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) mechanism and assist state offices in the same effort. (10%)
* To promote strategic and policy shift from relief into preparedness/ disaster risk reduction. Specifically, to provide expert advice in policy discussions, advocacy efforts, effective design, monitoring and evaluation of Community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) programmes and similar efforts. To ensure collaboration with relevant partners and funding availability. ((10%)
* To draft progress reports for decision making process and information purposes for UNICEF management, donors, partners and allies. These would include chronology of emergencies, SITREPS, donor updates, funding proposals and reports. (20%)
* To support capacity building efforts in the area of disaster risk reduction, including training, lessons learned exercises, dissemination of best practices, organising exposure visits, etc.(10%)

Working Conditions

Office-based post, with frequent and/or prolonged travel to the field in case of emergencies, occasionally working in difficult and stressful conditions, with limited organised infrastructures (government, social, economic and communication).

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

Knowledge of global and local emergency/disaster risk reduction issues. Capacity to systematically and quickly (when required) analyse the relevant humanitarian, socio-economic, political and security trends and developments. Strong coordination, analytical, and negotiation skills.

The ability to act quickly and rationally under difficult circumstances. Good writing skills to draft reports. Ability to work under time constraints and other pressure. Readiness to accept any new / additional task as required by the supervisor.


Advanced university degree in development studies, social sciences or other related field.

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible experience in programme formulation, planning, management and evaluation; some of which in emergency operations and disaster risk reduction field. Management of full-blown emergencies required.


Fluency in English.
Knowledge of the language of the duty station

Other Skills and Attributes

Versatility, judgement, maturity, ability to work in a team; solid technical/computer knowledge; ability to cope under stressful and difficult conditions, and political/cultural sensitivity.


Programme framework, objectives and goals are provided by Supervisor (Chief, Emergency). Incumbent is expected to take initiative on project implementation and use of cash assistance and supplies, often under difficult and stressful conditions. Supervisor provides ongoing guidance/direction as required and reviews work for achievement of goals and objectives.


* UNICEF Programme Manuals and Guidelines
* UNICEF Board Paper
* PROs and EXDs, and UNICEF Country Programme Plans
* UNICEF Personnel, Financial, and Supply and Administrative Rules - - - Regulations and Manuals
* Financial Circulars
* Tables of Authorities for ProMS
* UNDAF India 2008-2012
* UNICEF CPAP India 2008-2012
* ICO Emergency Section Annual Work Plan and Annual Management Plan
* Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPRP) Plans

Guidelines provide a framework for policy and strategy and development of emergency programmes. There are occasions when the best solution from among alternatives must be found which requires interpretation and thus deviation from the accepted practice, and setting of a precedent.

Impact and consequence of Error

Errors will have an adverse affect on UNICEF’s programmes and project formulation and implementation, or assessment of emergency operations and programmes.

As a specialist in the field of emergency/disaster risk reduction, identifies and decides on appropriate methodology to be used in formulating emergency/disaster risk reduction project documents and responses.

The incumbent recommends the type and scope of emergency/disaster risk reduction project proposals and possible funding; emergency needs for individual states follow-up actions to be taken by state offices in relation to emergency requests.

Errors will have adverse affect on emergency programme formulation and implementation or assessment of emergency operations and programmes, leading to possible damage for UNICEF and lack of confidence in the organisation’s activities in India.

UNICEF makes special efforts to recruit qualified women into its professional ranks. Applications from qualified women are encouraged. UNICEF also endeavours to expand the geographical representation of its staff.

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.

For Further information and apply online : http://www.Unicef.org

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