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TA Access Advisor, (P-4), Juba, South Sudan

Juba (South Sudan)

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.

Purpose of the Position 

On an ongoing basis, the Access Advisor will map and assess UNICEF’ and key partners’ humanitarian access, including to identify both programme access and delivery constraints and enablers, and will consolidate information, undertake analysis, advice and support to the South Sudan Country Office on issues related to access for humanitarian programme activities and operations. The Programme Access Advisor will identify and build upon existing mapping, assessment and access strategies to develop an agreed CO access plan linked to the UNHCT Access Framework. He/she will also conduct and support humanitarian access negotiations to assist in expanding humanitarian access in South Sudan, with a view to increasing UNICEF and partners’ reach to affected children, and will build country office staff capacity on humanitarian access-related issues.
The incumbent will conduct and support access negotiations, in collaboration and coordination with other UN actors, as relevant. Maintain working relations and rapport with non-state entities (NSEs) and parties to the conflict, at national and local levels. Main focus on supporting Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) scale up and sustainable access.


Key Expected Results

1. The incumbent will work closely with UNICEF staff and partners to undertake a comprehensive access mapping and assessment, which will include: identifying and analyzing existing access strategies; identifying humanitarian access enablers, constraints and critical obstacles; key actor mapping related to access; and undertaking specific local/sub-regional level analysis to understand the reasons for geographic areas deemed inaccessible or hard to reach. The focus will be to capture the root causes of inaccessibility at the local level, to support operational activity, and to provide support to analysis in order to understand regional level dynamics.

2. Based on the mapping and analysis, he/she and will develop and support the implementation of a UNICEF access strategy, including by adapting, building on, identifying or developing new access and/or programme strategies to increase the number of children reached and support the successful delivering UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance to populations in need.

3. The incumbent will work closely with relevant UNICEF staff and partners, in particular Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (PME), to develop and put in place a simple, easy-to-use and agreed system for regular updating of the humanitarian access mapping/assessment. This will include developing an agreed process and tools, including working with PME to develop access-related indicators and monitoring tools.

4. He/she will support the CO to implement the access strategy, including to ensure that access-related analysis and strategies are used in conjunction with programme planning activities to enhance access to children in hard to reach areas. This will include undertaking access-related risk analysis and mitigation, and ensuring that this feeds into broader country-level risk analysis processes. The incumbent will work closely with the technical/operations and communication staff of the UNICEF team in country to integrate all relevant analysis into the implementation plans for country related programmes and activities.

5. He/she will develop and maintain internal and external information networks to enhance the collection/collation of information relating to access for humanitarian activities and operations as well as affected personnel and partners. The incumbent will follow-up all reported access-related incidents related to UNICEF humanitarian activities, operations, and/or affected personnel and partners, especially as it relates to identifying lessons learned and stimulating necessary action. In collaboration with technical/operations staff, on an ongoing basis the incumbent will monitor, track, coordinate, analyse and report on country and area conditions and events related to humanitarian access for programme activities and operations. This will include support for UNICEF’s Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) - related monitoring, verification and reporting of incidents of the Denial of Humanitarian Access.

6. He/she will act as the CO technical focal point on Programme Criticality. This will include capacity building and support for implementation of the Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA), including strengthening use of the PCA to inform preparedness, contingency and business continuity planned; as well as support for programme-related components of Mission Security Clearance Requests (MSCR).

7. Working in collaboration and with the technical support of EMOPS, he/she will develop and conduct humanitarian access-related capacity building and training, including on humanitarian principles, access monitoring, humanitarian negotiations, programme criticality, NSE engagement, and humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination as required, for UNICEF staff and partners.

8. organise trainings on IHL with NSEs and parties to the conflict,

9. He/she will work closely with Regional Office (RO) Humanitarian Action, Resilience and Peacebuilding (HARP) and Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) Access focal point to ensure that relevant information, analysis and learning from the country level is shared in a timely fashion to be incorporated into regional and global level analysis and sharing of good practice.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate



Advanced university degree or recognized equivalent in Humanitarian assistance, Risk Management, Political Science, International Relations, or related area. Substantial qualifying experience and training may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.

*First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Work Experience

A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in access analysis and risk management at least 3 years of which should be at the senior officer, senior management or UN professional level. Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian-access related analytical processes is essential. UN and/or international humanitarian programming experience is highly desirable. The incumbent will possess analytical and information management skills and will be able to interpret data and access information.



Fluency in English is required.


Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity


Core Competencies

  • Communication [II]
  • Working with People [II]
  • Drive for results [II]


Functional Competencies

  • Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Analyzing [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [III]



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

* Please note that Juba is a non-family duty station.

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.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-17

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