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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-25

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Chief Field Operations, P-5, Fixed-Term, Damascus, Syria #84020 (520412)

Damascus (Syria)

Under the supervision of the Representative the incumbent will coordinate the implementation of the operations and project/programme activities in the field as well as of emergency response, to ensure the survival, well-being of children and mothers and affected community in the country.

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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future

Under the supervision of the Representative the incumbent will coordinate the implementation of the operations and project/programme activities in the field as well as of emergency response, to ensure the survival, well-being of children and mothers and affected community in the country.

How can you make a difference?

1. Key end-results

  • Ensure that UNICEF responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations, both a central and a local level.
  • Ensure full integration of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC) agreed priority cross-cutting issues, utilization participatory and community-based approaches. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed.
  • Support cluster participants in responding to needs and filling gaps.
  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the UNICEF response to the current crisis and to other actors. Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.
  • Promote and support the training of humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity.

2. Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

  • Supervision of the field coordination team and structures.
  • Supervision of Sector (Cluster Coordinators).
  • Have responsibility for arranging and facilitating inter-sectoral outreach in the Syrian territory through the five established zone offices.
  • Liaise between the areas of intervention and the Country Office via close coordination with Deputy Representative as Programme Coordinator.
  • Support the development and use of assessment and monitoring tools that are suitable for the projects assisted by UNICEF.
  • Cooperate with Whole of Syria hubs and supervise the five field offices to support the development and implementation of contingency planning and promote emergency preparedness and response.
  • Cooperate with the Whole of Syria hubs to identify best possible ways to reach children given limited access and areas besieged and hard to reach.
  • Follow up the progress of implementation of emergency preparedness and response and sectors strategies with partner agencies and organizations.
  • Carryout capacity mapping of all current and potential actors, such as: government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and in support to Supply and Logistic division market access to materials and services.
  • Participate in interagency coordination (including national and international NGOs, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other international organizations active in the field) and liaise with national authorities and local structures. Identify key humanitarian partners for the sectors (clusters), in order to increase coverage of services for children and caregivers.
  • Ensure that management of delivery of humanitarian assistance through cross line convoys to besieged and hard to reach areas is performed effectively.
  • Ensure logistic and flow of supply in the covered areas, including prepositioning of emergency supply in the framework of contingency planning.

3. Job grade factors

  • Typically as head of a large section, provide leadership, coordination, guidance and direction for sectoral/inter-sectoral programme development, design, planning, implementation, and management in the largest country office structures.
  • Hold primary responsibility for formulation of sectoral programme goals and objectives and the development of strategies and innovative approaches, as well as for authoritative advice/interpretation of guidelines.
  • Hold shared responsibility for strategic recommendations and decisions on situation analysis programme/programme planning, implementation and evaluation, knowledge management, as well as administrative decision making on use of funds and human resources.
  • Hold primary responsibility for effective management of the section, including oversight/supervision of teams of professional staff, work plan, monitoring of compliance, financial accountability of funds and human resources management and development (e.g., staffing, training, learning and development)

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in any of the following fields: International Relations, Social Sciences, or a related technical field
  • A minimum of  (10) ten years of relevant professional experience in humanitarian action, emergency, field coordination contexts preferably UN or NGO experience at a senior programme management level.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian reform principles, IASC policies and standards, international humanitarian law, inter-connectedness and reform pillars & reform updates is required.
  • Knowledge of the Cluster approach guidelines and Terms of Reference is required .
  • Ability to mitigate and mediate conflict and disagreements among partners is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

Core Values

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity  

Core Competencies

  • Communication (III)  
  • Working with People (III)       
  • Drive for Results (III)

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising (III)                       
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and Networking (III)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (III)
  • Persuading and Influencing (II)

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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

* Please note that this 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.

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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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