Emergency Officer, NOB, Ruwaished, Jordan, 108098, Open for Jordanian nationals only (Temporary Appointment)
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child and has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential to the benefit of a better world.
For Every Child a Sustainable Future
An estimated 40-45,000 individuals are currently stranded in Rukban encampment between Jordan and Syria. Eighty per cent are children and women, and most have been in Rukban for over two years. UN agencies, in coordination with the Government of Jordan, have provided humanitarian assistance to this population as conditions have allowed, including the supply of safe water, the provision of health services as well as periodic deliveries of food and non-food assistance. The last distribution of food was in January 2018, and no access has been provided since then to enable further distributions to the population. The population has been able to sustain themselves through the supply routes reaching the camp from within Syria. In the last months the flow of resources into the camp have become increasingly constrained which has led to an acute deterioration of the conditions in the encampment, including protection concerns, access to services and high food prices have worsened recently.
Purpose of the Job
Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the supervisor, the job holder is 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 Rukbhan. The job holder also contributes to UNICEF’s emergency response in Syrian refugee camps and to the country office emergency preparedness and response.
How can you make a difference?
1. Effective analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation are timely provided. Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies interventions in Rukbhan.
2. Professional support is provided to establish facts and needs, coordinate rapid assessments, and determine priorities and appropriate interventions by UNICEF in Rukbhan.
3. 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.
4. Substantive input and assistance are provided in the implementation of emergency plans of action, workplans, emergency appeals, and in the mobilization of donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
5. Lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience are collected and analysed for adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are effectively identified.
6. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s work plans. Sectoral input is provided for all related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
7. Timely and thorough analysis is made to identify emergency-prone situations and contribute to early warning and enhancing emergency preparedness.
8. Emergency preparedness and response plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.
9. Substantive professional contributions are made to the formulation of emergency plans of action, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action.
10. Staff training in emergencies preparedness and response is effectively supported to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office.
11. In the event of an emergency, prompt support is provided to execute the initial operational tasks by collecting accurate information on the nature and scope of the emergency, ensuring effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance, and promptly reporting the status as required.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and 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.
1. Provides professional assistance in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations 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. Collects, interprets and analyses all available data on the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the emergency operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency measures. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas
4. Assists in organizing and conducting staff training for the offices 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.
5. Assists in implementing operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Collects reliable information 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 dependants 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 locations regularly to collect information on the situation of children, mothers and the community. Provides input in and contributes toward determining priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Coordinates with other partners 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 updated of the situation.
7. 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. ÂSends regular situation reports to concerned parties.
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 operations experience and contributes towards adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency intervention/operations. 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 offices Emergency Preparedness and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.
To qualify as a UNICEF advocate for every child you will have¦
- Education: University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
- Experience: Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
- Field work experience is an asset. Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
- Language: Fluency in English and Arabic is a requirement.
For every Child, you demonstrate¦
Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, 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
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=517280