Emergency Specialist, Kebri-Dehar (Jijiga), Ethiopia

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UN Agency
Closing date: 10 Nov 2008
Location: Ethiopia

East Africa, Ethiopia, Kebri-Dehar (Jijiga)

DURATION OF CONTRACT: Six months with posibility of extension.


To respond effectively to the humanitarian crisis in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, The United-Nations have established in May 2008 two joint UN Offices in Kebri-Dehar and Degah-Bur. UNICEF is looking for one experienced Emergency Specialist to be based in the Kebri ?Dehar Office and manage UNICEF?s supported emergency programs within the framework of the joint UN response.

Under the direct supervision of UNICEF Area Programme Support Officer - South East (based in Jijiga), and the general guidance of the Chief of Field Operations and Emergency (based in Addis-Ababa), the incumbent will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF?s interventions in the Central part of the Somali Region of Ethiopia (Korahai and Warder Zones in particular) in very close coordination with UN officers based in the joint offices.

Reporting lines:
First reporting officer: Area Programme Support Officer
Second reporting officer: Chief Field Operations and Emergency.


The Emergency Specialist will specifically be responsible for the following;
1. Consolidate UNICEF?s presence within the two joint UN offices in close operational coordination with established agencies on the ground.
2. In coordination with government counterparts and humanitarian actors, conduct emergency assessments and monitoring missions for children and women in the Central part of the Somali region as per the Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies.
3. Within the UN teams, support coordination of humanitarian activities and foster collaboration with NGOs and other sister agencies for protection and assistance activities.
4. Support counterparts and partners in identifying, designing and drafting emergency project proposals relevant to women and children.
5. Support the coordination of the health / nutrition and WASH sectors as well as activities related to education and child vulnerability in Kebri-Dehar and Warder.
6. Undertake regular monitoring and evaluation of all UNICEF emergency protection and assistance support projects and report on progress, achievements and constraints.
7. Support in capacity building initiatives for counterparts in areas relevant to emergency operations and support recovery approaches as well as linkages with annual work plans / longer-term programming.
8. Ensure that UNICEF?s resources and assets are utilized and maintained effectively in all emergency support programmes and reach the affected population fully based on humanitarian principles.
9. Together with sector Project Specialists, support in the preparation of emergency supply needs in a timely fashion and submit to logistics for processing.
10. Support in the compilation of sector inputs for programme reporting.
11. Fully support the daily management of the joint UN Offices including security management (under UNDSS), admin/financial processes, logistics arrangements, contracting, staff supervision and appraisals.


- Advanced university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or other areas relevant to UNICEF?s work.

- Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in programming at managerial level in situations of complex emergencies and armed conflict, including remote locations facing sustained levels of insecurity and large scale disasters. Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and experience of pastoral areas in general and in the Horn of Africa in particular will be an advantage.

- Strong leadership, supervisory and managerial skills.
- Good analytical, very good negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
- Knowledge of Results Based Management compliance in project monitoring and evaluation.
- Good inter-personal skills and ability to deal with government authorities.
- Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and manage programmes, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
- Judgment, Managing Resources, Decisiveness, Tact, Managing Stress, Technical Knowledge, Flexibility, Planning, Setting Standards, and Monitoring Work
- Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.

- Fluency in English (both written and oral) and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

Please note that UNICEF is a smoke-free environment.
Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

How to apply
Application, CV, and UN Personal History Form to be submitted by e-mail: bshifera@unicef.org
UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office Human Resources Section
Reference Code: RW_7KUKM7-3
Source: Reliefweb

Tags: Capacity Building; Complex Emergencies; ERP; East Africa; Human Resources; Logistics; Monitoring and Evaluation; Project Monitoring; Public Health; Security Management; Social Sciences; UNDSS