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Emergency Officer (NO-1) FTA , No. 123178, Havana, CUBA

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Havana
Level: NO-1
Location: Cuba
Categories: Child Protection, Health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Emergency, Knowledge Management, Security

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, safety

Strategic office context  :

Cuba Program Priorities and Partnerships

The program is aligned with three of the four results of the Framework of United Nations Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2020-2024 and with the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The program will be implemented through strategic partnerships with the Government national and territorial level, academic institutions, civil society organizations civilian and other United Nations organizations, under the direction and coordination of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.

Cuba program will focus on three priority areas, identified in consultation with national entities and that will be aligned with the National Development Plan Economic and Social until 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals and three of the five goals of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021:

•           Every child survives and thrives

•           Every child learns

•           Every child is protected from violence and the exploitation and

Programme includes coordination expenses and cross-cutting elements such as fundraising, emergency response, gender and rights mainstreaming, gender-based programming in risks, knowledge management, research, monitoring and evaluation and communication.

Under the close supervision and instructions of the supervisor / Representative, the Emergency Officer 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. 

How can you make a difference?

Join our team as Emergency Officer , delivering the following Key End results: 

1. Sound analyses are provided to identify emergency-prone situations and contribute to early warning and enhancing emergency preparedness.

2.  Professional contributions are made to the formulation of emergency plans of action, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action.

3.  Emergency preparedness and response plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies. 

4. Effective analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation are timely made. Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses.

5. Staff training in emergencies preparedness and response is effectively supported for the enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office.

6. In the event of an emergency, prompt support is provided to execute the initial operational tasks by collecting reliable information on the nature and scope of the emergency, ensuring effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance, and promptly reporting the status as required.

7. Professional support is provided to establish facts and needs, support a rapid assessment, and determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Lessons learnt from UNICEF's emergency operations experience are collected and analyzed for adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are effectively identified.

11. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's workplans.  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.


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 analysing 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 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 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. 

To qualify as an 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.
  • Work experience: One year of relevant professional work experience at the national or international level in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration. Field work experience.  Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Language Proficiency  Fluency in English is required. 

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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


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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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 tiene una política de tolerancia cero con respecto de cualquier conducta incompatible con los propósitos y objetivos de las Naciones Unidas, incluyendo explotación sexual y abuso, acoso sexual, abuso de autoridad y discriminación. Asimismo, UNICEF se adhiere a estrictos principios para la salvaguarda de la niñez. Todos los candidatos y las candidatas seleccionadas serán sujetas a un riguroso proceso de verificación de antecedentes y referencias, y se espera de ellos que se adhieran a esos estándares y principios.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates, non binary gender candidates and persons living with disabilities  are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.   Appointments are also 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.

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

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