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Emergency Specialist, P-3, Dhaka, Bangladesh, #17020

Apply now Job no: 503440
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Bangladesh
Categories: P-3

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF 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 fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.


For Every Child,
hope ...

Twenty-six million children live below the national poverty line, typically deprived of four out of seven of the following basic services: water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health, information, and shelter.

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child-marriage in the world. 66 per cent of women (aged 20 to 24) were married before they turned 18.

Thirteen per cent of children are involved in child labour. Child labourers are frequently denied an education and are vulnerable to violence and abuse.

Bangladesh has one of the lowest rates of birth registration in the world. This makes it difficult to protect children from trafficking, child labour and child marriage.


How can you make a difference?

The incumbent of this post is responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers, and the affected communities in an emergency situation. 

  • Emergency preparedness is effectively arranged together with establishment of country contingency plans and early warning mechanisms.
  • Emergency preparedness and response plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.
  • Emergency as well as DRR and CCA plans of action are developed, and compliance and coordination of all sectors with the plans are implemented.
  • Technical advice on emergencies and programme management related to implementation of emergency preparedness measures are effectively provided.
  • Emergency preparedness and response, and a consistent flow of information of the humanitarian situation are effectively coordinated within the office.
  • Substantive improvements are made in the emergency preparedness and response as well as DRR and CCA capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through conduct of effective training activities.
  • In the event of an emergency, UNICEF's presence is promptly established and the initial emergency operational tasks are effectively executed, including provision of support for information communication technology, telecommunications facility and all staff security related assistance in the country office.
  • Needs assessment is effectively conducted to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency situation affecting children, their families and community.
  • Timely delivery of assistance and supplies is provided, urgent staffing requirements are identified, and the appropriate use of UNICEF resources is monitored for effective project delivery.
  • Emergency appeals and project proposals are prepared, and concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation/DRR/CCA-related funding.
  • Longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are determined to build a regular operational and staffing structure.
  • Continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison are maintained with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies in support of the special needs of children and women affected by emergency situations within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.
  • Management is kept informed of humanitarian developments in relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in the country.
  • Emergency preparedness and response as well as DRR and CCA strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's Sectoral input is provided for all related documents for the office's Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in social sciences, public administration, international law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other or other related disciplines is required. Preferably a combination of management, administration, and relevant technical fields.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration is required.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO) is required.
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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.

This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.  

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

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