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EMERGENCY OFFICER: UNV

Apply for the UNV position of Emergency Officer

Application Deadline: 14 February 2021

Duty Station: Bunjumbura, Burundi

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Start Date:  Immediate

UNV Emergency Officer Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Emergency Preparedness

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 (including the EPP – Emergency Preparedness Platform). 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 office’s 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.

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.

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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. Supports the setting up and the follow-up of yearly monitoring plan for emergency action of the country office in close collaboration with the PME section and through providing technical inputs and quality assurance.

10. 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.

11. 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 humanitarian action for children (HAC), the emergency preparedness platform (EPP), 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.

Qualifications/Requirements

Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education –

Additional Comments:

University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines

Required experience: 24 Months

Experience remark:

  • Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration in emergency settings;
  • Emergency settings experience;
  • Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working condition that often has short deadlines;
  • Ability to promote good working relationships among colleagues, supervisors and those persons s/he supervises;
  • Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to interact with persons of different cultural and educational backgrounds;
  • Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of nutrition and food security;
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise: Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations, Other emergency management experience

Driving license: No

Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Integrity, Professionalism, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections

of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink.

Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at

https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

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