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Emergency Officer, (NO-1), Lima-Peru # 100607

Lima (Peru)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lima (Peru)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-23

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UNICEF PERU Job Title: Emergency Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction) Job Level: NOA Position No. 100607 Supervisor Title / Level: Health Specialist / NOC Organizational Unit: Programme Post Location: Lima, Peru POSITION OPENED ONLY FOR NATIONALS OF PERU

Job Title: Emergency Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction) 
Job Level: NOA
Position No. 100607
Supervisor Title / Level: Health Specialist / NOC
Organizational Unit: Programme
Post Location: Lima, Peru


 Purpose for the job

Under the close supervision and instructions of the supervisor, provides professional support and effective teamwork for the implementation of country office emergency preparedness and response, collaborating with other emergency team members in the office. Responsible for the technical contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions to advance the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in emergency situation.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Emergency Preparedness

1. Provides professional assistance in an analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and risks, and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

2. Assists in the formulation of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of contingency plans. Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action.

3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information, collecting, interpreting and analyzing all available data on the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas

4. Assists in organizing and conducting training for the office's staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff.

Emergency Response

5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Immediately collects reliable information to verify the nature and extend of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media. Follows up to ensure that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in an emergency, as necessary. Contacts with all UNICEF staff and their dependents and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and promptly informs head of office, supervisor and other emergency staff of their status as required.

6. Assists supervisor with assessment of local emergency and security situation. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers and the community. Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs. Provides input in and contributes toward determining priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Coordinates with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep the country office of emergency situations.

7. Participates in Implementing the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Assists in identifying urgent staffing requirements and redeploying country office staff. Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies and monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery. Sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.

Emergency Project

8. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency project. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Carries out project administration. Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Coordinates with program sections staff and others to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents). Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.

9. Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF's emergency experience and contributes towards adoption of best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions.

10. Works with other colleagues to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's workplans. Assists in the preparation of sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and other related documents of the office's Emergency Preparedness and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.


Assessing Child Safeguarding Risks: This post may present elevated child safeguarding risk. The incumbent assumes more responsibilities with added risks. Subject to more vigorous vetting and training.



A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, international relations, business administration or another relevant technical field.

Academic background on discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, indigenous populations, caste, sexual orientation or disability is considered as an asset. 


One year of relevant professional work experience at the national or international level in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, or administration.

Relevant professional working experience at the national or international level in emergency humanitarian preparedness and response. Field work experience. Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.

Previous relevant work experience in the UN System, or experience in human and children rights is an asset.

Experience working with minority groups, migrants, refugees, or with indigenous communities is an asset. 

Experience working on issues related to anti-racism and discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, indigenous populations, sexual orientation or disability is an asset. 


Fluency in English and Spanish are required. 

Knowledge of a local language of the duty station (as quechua, aimara, and amazonic) is considered as an asset.  


Core Values

Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)


Please note that this is a National Officer position in Peru, opened only to candidates with Peruvian nationality.

If you are a National of Peru and your competencies match the requirements of the post, apply to:

Last date for receiving applications is 22 October 2021.


UNICEF embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates irrespective of gender, religious, ethnic backgrounds, indigenous people, as well as persons living with disabilities and LGTBIQ to apply to become a part of our 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 standard and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credentials and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Please note that National Officers are locally recruited staff and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements.


Qualified young women and young men are highly encouraged to apply.

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

UNICEF is a smoking-free environment


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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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