Emergency Specialist (ERT HCT System Specialist), P4, New York, #103043
New York City (United States of America)
The UNICEF Humanitarian Cash Transfers (HCT) team in EMOPS, in close collaboration with DFAM, SD, PD and ICTD has been supporting mainstreaming of the use of HCT in the organization.The post is reporting to the EMOPS HCT coordinator and is a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). This position will provide support to UNICEF country offices to prepare and mobilize immediate HCT response to new or suddenly deteriorating humanitarian situations, through deployment to affected country offices.
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To achieve better results for children, in a more efficient and effective way, UNICEF has recently initiated the mainstreaming and scale up of the use of Humanitarian Cash Transfer (HCT) across the organization. This has become a priority area of work under UNICEF’s strategic plan, as well as UNICEF’s agenda to increase the resilience of households, communities and systems.
The UNICEF Humanitarian Cash Transfers (HCT) team in EMOPS, in close collaboration with DFAM, SD, PD and ICTD has been supporting mainstreaming of the use of HCT in the organization. The current HCT scale up plan focuses on various work streams: (i) Interdivisional coordination, (ii) Field support, (iii) Capacity building, (iv) Partnership and Interagency Collaboration, (v) Management Information Systems and (vi) Knowledge Management.
How can you make a difference?
The post is reporting to the EMOPS HCT coordinator and is a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). This position will provide support to UNICEF country offices to prepare and mobilize immediate HCT response to new or suddenly deteriorating humanitarian situations, through deployment to affected country offices. The position will the preparation, design and implementation of HCT programmes. The position will also provide remote support from HQ as needed. This will be done in consultation with regional Country offices. The post requires frequent extended travel to conflict and natural disaster affecter countries and extended working hours.
When deployed to a CO (approximately 60-75%)
• As agreed with the Representative, help represent UNICEF in discussion with inter-agency partners, donors, government, local and international NGOs, private sector and other relevant HCT stakeholders to advocate and support the use of HCT.
• Assist the formulation, preparation and implementation of HCT programmes.
• Support CO internal cross-sectors HCT related response analysis.
• Undertake, in close collaboration with CO relevant focal points, including social protection and sectors colleagues, HCT feasibility assessment.
• Work closely with the CO social protection team to access relevant information on government social protection system to inform the choice of the HCT implementation model.
• Disseminate UNICEF HCT related policy, guidance and tools as well as inter-agency strategies and operational guidelines.
• Collaborate with sectoral and cross sectoral programme officers to ensure that HCT programmes are coherent with UNICEF’s country programme and its Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) are met.
• Support internal emergency coordination to review progress and address bottlenecks in a timely manner.
• Liaise and work closely with UN Common Cash System focal points from other agencies to identify complementarities and operational synergies.
• Represent UNICEF in HCT related cash coordination forum such as cash working group, clusters, ICCG.
• Contribute to the development, testing and rolling out of training materials, including collecting and consolidating field inputs.
• Document field experience including new models of implementation, programmatic approach, joint programme, inter-agency coordination efforts.
• Liaison regularly with RO, HQ and partners, through established coordination mechanisms to ensure follow-up actions at the respective levels are taken.
When not deployed to the field (approximately 25-40%):
• Stay up to date: regular interaction with other members of the HQ cash team, to remain constantly updated on the latest key developments.
• Support the implementation of the HQ HCT inter division workplan: technical contribution to the EMOPS/HPS lead activities, as well as provision of technical support to other HQ divisions deliverables.
• Take part and influence headquarters internal and external discussions on humanitarian cash programming, bringing field perspective to headquarters tools, policy and procedure development efforts.
• Work with other divisions/sections to serve as resource persons for emergency training / simulations to disseminate and promote policies, procedures, tools and approaches.
• Collaborate with other UNICEF surge mechanisms to ensure complementarities and share learning to enhance the effectiveness of emergency deployments.
• Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Master’s degree in Economics, Social Science, Database management, data analytics or related field is required. Bachelor's degree complemented with relevant industry certifications and work experience can be considered.
- Eight years professional work experience at national and international levels
- Minimum five years’ experience working on the design, and implementation of humanitarian cash transfer programmes in a variety of humanitarian settings, experience with UNICEF is an asset
- Strong emergency and operational field experience with UNICEF
- Experience in providing direct technical assistance to emergency country offices
- Experience and or exposure to inter agency cash coordination, including with UN agencies
- Excellent communication & presentation skills (written & verbal) across multiple audiences with the ability to influence others while working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
- High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframes, in challenging environments
- Fluency in English and French or Spanish is required. Fluency in any other UN language is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and
The core competencies required for this post are...
- Builds and maintains partnerships
- Drive to achieve results for impact
- Manages ambiguity and complexity
- Thinks and acts strategically
- Works collaboratively with others
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.