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Rapid Response Coordinator, TA, P3, Diffa, NIGER

Diffa (Niger)

To support the UNICEF Diffa Zonal Office in risk analysis, preparedness, planning, coordination and multisector rapid response to humanitarian crises and to strengthen the links between UNICEFs emergency and development programmes across all sectors

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every Child, an advocate

In the context of the ongoing Level 2 Emergency in Diffa region, Niger, UNICEF's emergency unit is recruiting an experienced humanitarian specialist, with rapid response background in order to strengthen the efficiency and rapidity of its multi-sectoral response.

The Niger in fact continues to face multiple humanitarian crisis, including conflict and displacement, food insecurity and malnutrition, floods, and epidemic outbreaks. The Diffa region (South East) is particularly hit by several crises, but mostly by the Lake Chad Basin conflict. As of end of November 2016 it was estimated that the region was hosting 241,065 displaced people, including 121,320 internally displaced people, 105,386 refugees and 14,359 Nigerians returnees, scattered over 97 spontaneous sites. While multi-sectoral emergency assistance is being provided by UNICEF and several other humanitarian actors, major gaps still remain and the humanitarian community expects in 2017 a situation of status quo, with possible new attacks. UNICEF leads 4 sectors/clusters in the country at the national level, and supports the government in the regions, including Diffa, in their leadership role for humanitarian coordination, including at sectoral level. UNICEF will prioritise in 2017 the development of more effective links between humanitarian response and regular programmes, while maintaining a humanitarian preparedness and response capacity, as well as its role of capacity building of regional directorates for the management of sectorial humanitarian coordination.

In 2106 UNICEF also initiated a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), for the implementation of a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) project, with the objective to guarantee rapid assessment of multi-sectoral vulnerabilities as well as a capacity to respond in NFI and WASH after a displacement due to a sudden choc. In June, after a major simultaneous displacement of almost 70,000 people and the dramatic needs in terms of emergency response for safe water, UNICEF added another NGO to the project, particularly for the WASH emergency response. The capacity to respond rapidly and in coordination with other sectors, needs to be maintained and strengthened, and should include all UNICEF sectors, either through the RRM project or to the other sectoral emergency projects. As for the RRM, in 2017 UNICEF will continue to provide support for the coordination of the RRM, and the technical leadership for the revision of tools, training of partners, communication with clusters and working groups, and monitoring of the quality of the interventions.

How can you make a difference? 

Join our dedicated team and contribute to support the UNICEF Diffa Zonal Office in risk analysis, preparedness, planning, coordination and multisector rapid response to humanitarian crises and to strengthen the links between UNICEFs emergency and development programmes across all sectors


This will involve:

  • Support UNICEF's emergency preparedness, coordination and rapid response to deliver results for children
  • Support the implementation of rapid response projects through the provision of technical support to partners, and coordination of the response
  • Participate in Emergency Coordination and cluster/sector coordination meetings as needed
  • Participate in rapid needs assessments
  • Contribute to UNICEF's planning processes in collaboration with other UNICEF sections to strengthen cross sectoral response
  • Provide technical support to UNICEF and partners by contributing to the development of relevant standards, protocols, guidelines and training materials for the RRM and other emergency responses, in coordination with the zonal office, the Emergency unit and the sections in Niamey.  
  • Conduct joint field visits and evaluations with relevant sector/cluster partners and formulate recommendations for the zonal office, the emergency unit and other sections for the improvement of quality and rapidity of interventions
  • Monitor the coverage and quality of interventions among the beneficiary population, in coordination with the zonal office, the emergency unit and the sections( including clusters et working groups) and share information for internal communication and external coordination
  • Make sure that data collection is timely and data and info are of the required quality for UNICEF information products.
  • In close consultation with the Information Management Officer within the Emergency Unit, contribute to the regular implementation of Humanitarian Performance Monitoring,
  • Provide inputs and analysis on the humanitarian situation for UNICEF's monthly situation report (SitRep);
  • Help draft funding appeals, donor reports and project proposals related to the response when required
  • Assure regular follow-up on recommendations of field trips and Emergency Task Force meetings
  • Propose actions to improve preparedness in all sectors, in collaboration with the zonal office, the emergency unit and the sections, including regular risk analysis and contingency planning

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

  • Advanced university degree (master or equivalent) in public health, social sciences or other related field.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in planning, implementing and monitoring of emergency programmes with either the UN, IO, and/or NGO.
  • Fluency in French spoken and written and good written and spoken knowledge of English

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here


Functional Competencies

  • Applying Technical Expertise [III]
  • Deciding and Initiating Actions [III]
  • Analyzing [II]
  • Leading and Supervising [II]
  • Persuading and Influencing [III]
  • Adapting and Responding to Change [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [III]
  • Planning and Organizing [II]

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 organisation

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Diffa (Niger)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-06

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