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How can you make a difference?
- Ensure the smooth implementation and coordination of RRM activities through effective leadership of RRM governance structures, regular communications both internally and externally and efficient data collection for program analysis and revisions.
- Conduct regular operational and contextual analysis to identify response constraints and undertake program reviews for adjustments, design improvements, RRM technical support exit strategies.
- Following field assessments, identify and support appropriate advocacy to ensure the implementation of identified recommendations, including for RRM interventions and/or responses in sectors not covered by the RRM.
- In the event of sudden crisis or for Rapid Response Mechanism partnerships, support and advice the Field Office for the development and activation of contingency / humanitarian Program Documents and support program partnership agreements for the timely delivery of assistance.
- Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency projects and implements and manages UNICEF specific emergency project activities when needed.
- Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Works with the supervisor to mobilize funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents.
- Support RRM program in identifying operational gaps and needs (i.e. prepositioning, etc..) and lead on recommendations and actions to address them. Identifies opportunities and establish logistics plans to be implemented also in coordination with other agencies and Sectors (Logistic Sector, UNHAS, OCHA, etc.).
- Plans, organizes and conducts conduct emergency training courses to builds up the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF implementing partners (including line ministries), especially those operating within the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM).
- In coordination with the Sector Coordinators, support RRM partners and UNICEF programme sections in identifying key “hot spot” locations / emergency Local Government Areas (LGAs) for preparedness and rapid response.
- Support UNICEF programme sections in mapping available services and actors who can support rapid response and whom UNICEF should establish stand-by partnership with.
- Support and provide recommendations to UNICEF programs on system strengthening and program approaches for rapid responses.
- Support the Maiduguri Field Office for emergency preparedness measures through collaborating in the development and updating of Maiduguri Field Office’s Preparedness Plan (EPP) and contingency plans in the Emergency Preparedness Platform and establishment of early warning mechanisms.
- Support and/or lead when required in the formulation and development of contingency Program Documents and Humanitarian Program Documents with actors whom the Emergency and Program units can partner with for rapid response interventions in crisis affected locations including hard to reach areas.
- Support programs in identifying operational gaps and needs (i.e. Long-Term Agreements, prepositioning, etc..) and provide recommendations and actions to address them.
Humanitarian coordination and context analysis
- Represent the RRM internally and externally and maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Humanitarian forum (ISCG, Sectors, Access Working Group, CM Coordination, etc..), Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and partners.
- Use information from various sources to contribute to the delivery of conflict mapping, early warning and trend analysis that may have an impact on rapid responses and other UNICEF programme implementation and provide advice to field program management on possible responses and context based / risks informed program.
- Develops and maintains databases on information and ensure the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness and response management. Compile and submit regular reports and contextual updates based on incidents tracking and trends in humanitarian access and security.
- Maintain internal and external information networks to enhance the collection/collation of information relating to access for humanitarian activities and operations as well as affected population and partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: disaster management, social sciences, public administration, international law, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines. First university degree with additional two-years of relevant field-based work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Work Experience and skills
- Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at international levels in emergency coordination, programme management, project and strategy development with UN and/or INGO agencies. The ideal candidate has field-based experience in minimally 2-3 countries outside of country of origin, and particularly in emergency contexts for at least four years.
- Hands-on experience in the coordination of multiple partners, with previous experience implementing and/or coordinating RRM is highly desirable.
- Direct experience in multi-sector emergency programme implementation and partnership management and emergency system strengthening in complex conflict settings.
- Specialized training/experience in emergency preparedness and response required. Experience as trainer and/or in conducting capacity building initiatives for a wide range of stakeholders.
- Experience in cash and voucher assistance in emergencies desirable.
- Analytical skills and ability to interpretate and conceptualize diverse information.
- Effective communication, networking and organizational skills and ability to work well in a team as well as other stakeholders such as local and international NGOs, UN agencies, government, etc. with sensitivity and diplomacy.
- Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent UNICEF at forums and with external stakeholders.
- Ability to work under pressure and difficult circumstances and in response to rapidly changing needs.