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Chief, Emergency (Disaster Risk Reduction), P-4, New Delhi, India, SAR, Post Number-18551

Apply now Job no: 526271
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: India
Categories: Emergency Programme, P-4

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Across 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 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. And we never give up! 

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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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. 

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UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:

In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF's ability to deliver better results for children, 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.

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job: 

Under the direction and guidance of the Deputy Representative for Programme, coordinates overall country office emergency preparedness and response and disaster risk reduction action. Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency and DRR interventions, including fund-raising for emergency and DRR activities, to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected and high-risk communities.  Provides support to mainstreaming risk informed programming across UNICEF sectoral interventions at national and state levels. Provides coordination and support for policy and programme planning and management in UNICEF supported emergency, DRR and risk informed programming.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:


  • Emergency preparedness, DRR activities, risk informed programming are effectively arranged together with establishment of country Annual workplans, country contingency plans and early warning mechanisms. Provides guidance and oversight for DRR contribution to ICO convergent programmes.
  • Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document. Plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies. 
  • Plans of action are developed, and compliance and coordination of all sectors with the plans are implemented. 
  • Contribute to the overall planning, preparation and management of UNICEF country programme by: a) supporting organization-wide advocacy in common efforts for policy/strategy development and coordinated action; and b) promoting public awareness of UNICEF and its DRR and emergency response interventions through studies, technical surveys, evaluations, public information/media and work at the community-level institutions.


  • Provides policy advice on emergencies, DRR and risk informed programming guidance related to implementation of these activities are effectively provided.
  • Establishes close collaboration with national and state disaster management authorities, NGOs community groups, other partners and allies to keep abreast with disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation initiatives and efforts, collect information, identify problems and constraints, and advocate for tangible solutions for children affected by disasters.
  • Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies in support of the special needs of children and women affected by disasters based on the Core Commitment for Children.

Emergency Preparedness & Response:

  • Coordinates and manages emergency preparedness and response and a consistent flow of information of the humanitarian situation are effectively maintained within the office.
  • In the event of an emergency, guides and supports prompt establishment of UNICEF's presence, and effective execution of the initial emergency operational tasks, including provision of support for information communication technology, telecommunications facility and all staff security related assistance in the country office.
  • Guides and coordinates effective conduct of needs assessment to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency situation affecting children and their families and community.
  • Provides effective assistance to the Representative, Deputy Representative for Programme, and Chief of Field Services in emergency operations oversight and program management with clear accountabilities. Management is kept informed of humanitarian developments in relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in the country.
  • 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 sector approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

Capacity Building:

  • Develops and manages plans for significant improvements in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through conduct of effective capacity building activities/partnerships.
  • Advocates and provides technical support to government for mainstreaming child centred disaster risk reduction in policy, planning and implementation with due consideration of provisions outlined in the National Disaster Management Act’2005, UNICEF’s global commitments and initiatives in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and relevant SDGs.
  • Contributes to a strengthened government led emergency response and humanitarian action and ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

Management & Fundraising:

  • Ensures longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are determined to develop a regular operational and staffing structure.
  • Coordinates and guides preparation of Emergency appeals, project proposals, and donor reports; ensures concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
  • Represents UNICEF in all humanitarian, recovery and disaster risk reduction related forums at the strategic level, including with the United Nations Disaster Management Team and UN Results Group on DRR and Climate Change, and keeps management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, strategy, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in partnership.
  • Monitors programme implementation and compliance and provides support and guidance to ensure programme objectives are met. This entails identification of human resource requirements, performance planning, monitoring and appraisal, as well as planning and monitoring the use of budgetary resources.
  • Other duties, as needed and determined by Country Representative and Deputy Representative for Programme.   

Competencies and level of proficiency required:  

Core Values:

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Integrity

Core Competencies:

  • Communication  [II] 
  • Working with People  [II]
  • Drive for Results  [II]

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [II]  
  • Analyzing [II] 
  • Deciding and Initiating Action  [III]
  • Persuading and Influencing  [III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise  [III]
  • Planning and Organizing  [II]
  • Adapting and Responding Change  [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks  [III]

 To view our competency framework, please click here.



  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines. Preferably a combination of management, administration and relevant technical fields. 


  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO).
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.

Technical Knowledge:  

Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

  • Policies and strategy to address on national and international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  • Knowledge of global humanitarian issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian reform principles, international humanitarian laws, reform updates.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and trends in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation emergency preparedness and response management related fields.
  • UN security operations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality.

Common Technical Knowledge Required:

  • The UNICEF mission statement; UNICEF Board policy papers and decisions.
  • The Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies. 
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women.
  • EMOPS Technical Notes, EMOPS Emergency Field Book. 
  • UNICEF Program Manuals, policy guidelines, ExDirs, PROs; Country Programme documentation.
  • UNICEF personnel, financial, supply and administrative rules, regulations and manuals. 
  • National development plans and policies; Guidelines and manuals from NGO/donor partners.
  • Annual work plan. 
  • UNDAF; The UN Humanitarian Reform; IASC documents, guidelines and materials on UN Humanitarian Reform and the cluster approach.
  • Information & Communications Technology literacy, including skills and knowledge of office system applications, LAN, internet navigation, telecommunications, and data analysis.

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced:

  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and response.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions in international developing cooperation.  
  • Current knowledge of development issues and social programming in international development cooperation context.   

Other skills and attributes:

  • Versatility, judgement, maturity, and the ability to work on a team. Ability to cope with stressful and difficult conditions, and political/cultural sensitivity.
  • Knowledge of the latest issues, developments and trends in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, human rights, child rights, child development, child protection, humanitarian affairs and related areas.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
  • Effective decisive leadership and decision making competency under pressure in a complex working environment. Strong organizational abilities.
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.

Language Requirements:

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


  • Selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a nonsmoking working environment.     

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