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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bihac
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Managerial positions
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-18

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Emergency Coordinator, NO-2, temporary appointment, UNICEF Bihac (for BiH citizens only)

Bihac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the Deputy Representative, support the coordination, monitoring of and reporting on UNICEF BiH’s humanitarian response in Una-Sana Canton to ensure the protection and wellbeing of children on the move.

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, Protection

Why working for UNICEF video 

The authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) detected the arrival of more than 30,000 refugees and migrants in the country between January 2018 and May 2019. It is estimated that 6,800 refugees and migrants, including some 1,000 children (about 350 unaccompanied and separated children - UASC) are stranded in BiH in need of various types of humanitarian assistance at various locations, in particular in Sarajevo and Una-Sana Canton. The latter location is linked to attempts to enter Croatia and the European Union. Families with children and UASC are among the most vulnerable groups, however their needs and protection are not always being prioritized.

UNICEF's humanitarian child protection response takes a two-track approach: 1) immediate humanitarian assistance and protection to migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, especially UASC, working in close collaboration with government authorities at all levels, UN agencies such as UNHCR, IOM, UNFPA, and CSOs; 2) strengthening child protection systems to provide better services to all vulnerable children in BiH, through capacity building, policy reform and technical assistance.

How can you make a difference?

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.

Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the Deputy Representative, you will be responsible for supporting the coordination, monitoring of and reporting on UNICEF BiH's humanitarian response in Una-Sana Canton to ensure the protection and wellbeing of children on the move.


1. Effective and efficient coordination of the UNICEF humanitarian response team in Una-Sana Canton.

2. Substantive professional contributions are made to the formulation of humanitarian response plans, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action.

3. Effective analysis of available data regarding the refugee/migrant situation in BiH and its implications to the operation are timely provided. Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of the humanitarian response.

4. Professional support is provided to establish facts and needs, coordinate rapid assessments, and determine priorities and appropriate interventions by UNICEF.

5. Timely delivery of assistance and supplies is maintained, urgent staffing requirements are identified, and the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources is monitored for effective project delivery.

6. Substantive input and assistance are provided in the implementation of contingency/emergency response plans of action, workplans, emergency appeals, and in the mobilization of donor response and humanitarian-related funding.

7. Regular field visits are undertaken to project sites, to assess local conditions and monitor progress, implementation and resources utilization.

8. Capacity building of national staff members, any consultants and implementing partners relevant to the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action is provided.

9. UNICEF is adequately represented in relevant coordination working groups in Una-Sana Canton.

10. Substantive professional contributions are made in discussions with partners, to advocate and/or assist counterparts in the assessments, implementation of humanitarian assistance and coordination.

11. Inputs for the weekly and monthly inter-agency operational updates for the refugee/migrant response are drafted and consolidated.

12. Regular communication and advocacy conducted on the situation and needs of refugee/migrant children through local and international media, as appropriate.

13. Lessons learned from UNICEF's humanitarian response experience are collected and analysed for adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term humanitarian response interventions. Longer-term requirements of the humanitarian response operation/interventions are effectively identified.  

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

  • University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
  • Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
  • Substantive field work experience.
  • Experience working in a humanitarian response situation is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and a local working language of the duty station; a second UN language is considered an asset.

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:  Persuading and Influencing,  Applying Technical Expertise,  Planning and Organizing,  Adapting and Responding to Change, and Coping with Pressure and Setbacks.  

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.



For further information please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic at 387 33 293 606,

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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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