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Emergency Specialist, P-3 EMOPS, NYHQ

New York City

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Under the supervision of the Planning Specialist, Director's Office, EMOPS, the Emergency Officer will prepare appeals and reports on UNICEF's global response to emergencies and engage in improvement of knowledge management initiatives. This includes the regular and systematic preparation of publications and updates that highlight UNICEF's humanitarian action around the world. Supports the resource mobilization strategies of PPD and other HQ divisions, Regional and Country Offices, for UNICEF's  humanitarian response

The position will support the EMOPS Director’s Office, specifically in the areas of development of communications products for donors as well as in delivering on its corporate reporting accountabilities.  Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the supervisor, support reports and data visualization, including web and graphic design. Responsible for delivery of EMOPS annual report, as well as regular data aggregation of country humanitarian responses throughout the year for better accountability and fundraising through UNICEF’s humanitarian appeal (Humanitarian Action for Children) and for National Committee, donor, partner and other external audiences.

Key Expected Results

  1. Conceptualize, design, produce and organize the launch of the annual Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) in consultation with country, regional and relevant HQ offices and National Committees. Establish and update systems enabling the regular updating of the online HAC.
  2. Collect and analyze strategic information and data regarding UNICEF preparedness and response including early recovery .activities, and prepare major internal and external reports on performance in these areas. Outputs include EMOPS annual report, humanitarian contribution to .Executive Director's .Annual Report to the Executive Board and public UNICEF Annual Report, and the Annual Results Report for Humanitarian Action.   Throughout the reporting process, extensive liaison with PPD, PD and other HQ Divisions as well as ROs (and COs as necessary) is required to ensure consistency among all reports. 
  3. Ensure regular production and dissemination of various information and resource mobilization documents on sudden, evolving and prolonged emergency situations, in collaboration with Country and Regional Offices, PPD, PFP, DOC, and other offices as appropriate.  This namely includes production of the Humanitarian Action for Children, the Humanitarian Action Study and regular reporting on appeals throughout the year.
  4. Oversight and management of the P2 Emergency Officer in the areas of communications as well as in delivering on its corporate reporting accountabilities; data visualization, including web and graphic design; delivery of EMOPS annual report, as well as regular data aggregation of country humanitarian responses throughout the year for better accountability and fundraising through UNICEF’s humanitarian appeal (Humanitarian Action for Children) and for National Committee, donor, partner and other external audiences.
  5. Provide communication support for the Director’s office and undertake any other tasks as identified. This may include drafting of talking points, development of power point presentations, one page donor briefings.

Impact of Results

The incumbent is critical for the production of annual Humanitarian Action for Children appeals; production of and contribution to corporate reporting on humanitarian action, including EMOPS Annual Report; humanitarian inputs to the Executive Director's Annual Report to the Executive Board; and the Annual Results Report (Humanitarian Action). The incumbent is also responsible for generating clear and concise information on UNICEF’s humanitarian action at the global level. This will strengthen its efficiency and effectiveness by better measuring the scope of UNICEF’s response, and what results have been achieved – and gaps remain – with funding to date.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

1. Education

Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development or related technical field relevant to UNICEF programmes. ·

2. Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible work experience at international or national levels in the areas of programme formulation, implementation, monitoring/evaluation and reporting. Must have excellent analytical and reporting writing skills, including ability to analyze data, recognize trends and outliers, and interpret with they mean in terms of programme implementation. A keen eye for detail is necessary, along with the ability to think strategically.

3. Language

Fluency in English required and another UN Language desirable.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

1. Core Values

  • Diversity  &  Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Commitment

2. Core Competencies

  • Communication (Level 2)
  • Working with People (Level 2)
  • Drive for Results (Level 2)

3. Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising (Level 3)
  • Analyzing (Level 3)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (Level 3)
  • Persuading and Influencing (Level 3)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level 3).
  • Planning and Organizing (Level 3)
  • Adapting and Responding to Change (Level 3)
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks (Level 3)

To view our competency framework, please click here.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service 



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.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-01

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