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JPO Emergency Officer, P-2, Nairobi, Kenya, ESARO, post#120118 (OPEN TO KOREAN CITIZENS ONLY)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-31

The UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) is looking for an Emergency officer who will be responsible for strengthening the capacity of UNICEF country and regional offices dealing with humanitarian crises. This position is open in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea and is addressed exclusively to candidates with Korean citizenship. If the post requirements match your profile and career aspirations, UNICEF ESARO would like to hear from you!

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 safe environment 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, advocacy, and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias, or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic, and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Within the East and South Africa Regional Office, the Humanitarian Action, Resilience, and Peace Building (HARP) section supports the 21 countries of the region in preparing for and responding to emergencies related to climate change, armed conflicts, or epidemics. The HARP's work bridges the divide between Humanitarian Action and Development by strengthening preparedness for multiple environmental hazards and conflict-related risks so as to minimize the impacts these have on children.

The HARP section works closely with other programme and operations sections to ultimately ensure that lives are saved and the rights of children and women are protected as defined in the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) which is aligned with internationally accepted standards. HARP recognizes the importance of working with all sections to address underlying causes of vulnerability to disasters, fragility, and conflict through support in response to humanitarian crises and through regular programming.

The work of the HARP section builds on systems that support humanitarian action with the overall aim to achieve faster scaling up of responses in major emergencies including early identification of priorities and strategies, rapid deployment of qualified staff, and clear accountabilities for the response. Recognizing the importance of the lifesaving role that early action plays, HARP works with COs and other Inter-Agency partners to further strengthen Government and agency dedicated capacities for disaster management by identifying and measuring specific and measurable performance targets both for humanitarian preparedness and response.

How can you make a difference?

The HARP section at UNICEF is seeking donor support for the funding of a JPO position for 2022-2023 that will provide critical support to humanitarian action and emergency preparedness in the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa region.

These fully-funded JPO positions strengthen the capacity of UNICEF country and regional offices dealing with humanitarian crises. The JPO will support the Emergency team’s ability to ensure the technical excellence and quality of timely humanitarian action in the region. The JPO will ensure effective analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation in the region, support research, and advocacy

The Emergency Officer will provide quality assurance and strengthened capacity-building support for humanitarian reporting in the region, as well as improved knowledge management and section planning for HARP.

Overall, the funding of this position will provide much-needed support for the organization's strengthened commitment to principled humanitarian action and resilience through strengthening countries' capacity for timely, effective, and reliable humanitarian and resilience programming and timely emergency response

Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Specialist (P4), the JPO will be responsible for the following key functions/accountabilities

1.       Quality assurance and strengthened capacity for humanitarian reporting in the region
    • Support capacity building for Country Offices by developing and delivering multi-country webinars on good practices for reporting and knowledge management in humanitarian settings.
    • Provide support and guidance to COs on regional donor reporting requirements for humanitarian funding.
    • Draft and edit donor reports for the section, including the Consolidated Emergency Report (CER), FCDO (DFID) annual reporting, and any other reporting requirements.
    • Support the preparation, documentation, reporting, and follow-up of the emergency team meetings within the RO, including Emergency Management Team, Humanitarian Action Group, Humanitarian Network Meeting, and weekly section meetings.
    • Support in the review of HAC narrative, HPM/IM dashboards, and other documents in terms of coherence, editing, and clarity in general.
2.       Improved knowledge management and section planning for HARP
    • Oversee knowledge management for the section through maintaining the section’s ECM/SharePoint site and providing support to COs as needed.
    • Support analysis and information sharing on humanitarian action by consolidating information on various humanitarian contexts, priority humanitarian needs, UNICEF and partners’ ongoing response, and priority resource needs and support the development and editing of communication products for internal and external dissemination.
    • Support the preparation of regional office work planning exercises and end-of-year review reporting.
3.       Enhanced support for the UNICEF collaborative relationships with key actors
    • Support the collaborative work with key sectors, actors, and other UN agencies
    • Contribute to enhanced regional /cross-border coordination through engagement and representation of the HARP section in coordination mechanisms related to emergency situations
    • Conduct joint country support missions as part of the preparedness and performance monitoring
4.       Enhanced advocacy, research, and technical support provided to the Emergency Specialists
    • Support to the Emergency Specialists in Humanitarian, Action, Resilience, and Peace Building (HARP) Section with a focus on the development of briefing notes, talking points, research, presentations, and training for COs.
    • Track and report on emergency / Humanitarian developments and support within ESARO and UNICEF COs, particularly in relation to emergency preparedness and response
    • Support the HARP section to develop and dissemination materials on emerging policy guidance Best practices in humanitarian response accessed and share 
  • 5. Emergency Preparedness and Response support to Country Offices in Eastern and Southern Africa

Training component: Learning elements and expectations

  • Participation in a one-week JPO induction programme in New York
  • Participation in the mentoring, coaching and career counselling and career transition programmes In addition, the JPO will benefit from the following specific learning opportunities in the receiving office
  • Opportunities to participate in the “young UNICEF “and other young professional development and network opportunities in Nairobi
  • Direct learning and professional exposure to the UN interagency humanitarian architecture within the region
  • Opportunities for capacity building around core humanitarian skills (preparedness , analysis , planning , reporting etc) across multiple emergencies and country settings withing the region
  • Field missions to provide support to ESARO country offices with their emergency portfolio (during and after the second year)
  • Stretch assignments/staff exchanges within the region to build specific capacities (during and after the second year)
  • Mandatory courses and emergency related courses on Agora

Training and Learning Plan

    • Use of yearly JPO training funds for internal/external training opportunities
    • One-week orientation in New York
    • Career Coaching
    • Mentoring and Buddy Programme
    • Stretch assignments

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: in the areas of policy, social sciences, development, international affairs, communications, or relevant technical field

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Reporting, communications, and advocacy experience including on humanitarian/emergency issues or contexts.

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset
  • Humanitarian affairs or emergency preparedness and response

  • Experience in developing and presenting pieces of training

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.

  • Fluency in English and Korean is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered an asset.

General requirements for the JPO Programme of the Republic of Korea

    • Korean citizenship
    • Fluency in English and Korean language
    • Completed university degree with a minimum Bachelor’s degree
    • A certificate of English language proficiency. A minimum of (1) I BT TOEFL score of 100 (or PBT TOEFL 600 and above) or (2) NEW TEPS score of 430 or (3) IELTS 7 or (4) TOEIC 900 TOEIC 900 ( TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ not accepted)
    • Be no older than 32 years of age as of 31st December of 2022 (Born on or after 1 Jan 1990) (The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly*)

*Male applicants who fall under one of the following three items (a)~(c):

    1. completed the national military service
    2. who are exempted from the national military service
    3. to be discharged from the military service in the year of the application

Required application documents (only complete applications will be considered)

    • A completed application and motivation letter through the talent management system
    • A scanned copy of the applicant’s Resident Register
    • A copy of (bachelor's or advanced) university degree
    • A certificate of English language proficiency (TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ are not accepted)
    • Only for male applicants who have completed the national military service): A certificate of Korean Military Service. The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act and the military service law.

*Those who are exempted from the service or to be discharged from the service in the year of the application may apply.

*Age limit for male candidates who have completed the service:

      • less than one year will be extended for one year;
      • one year above and two years under will be extended for two years;
      • two years or more will be extended for three years.
    • Only for low-income applicants: A scanned copy of the applicant’s certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation
    • Only for applicants with disability: A scanned copy of the applicant’s certificate of person with disability issued in Korean and English
  • For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:


UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.


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.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Korean citizens are encouraged to apply.


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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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