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Internal and External VA: Regional Advisor Emergency, P-5, FT, ESARO, Nairobi, Kenya, post# 21407


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Internal and External VA: Regional Advisor Emergency, P-5, FT, ESARO, Nairobi, Kenya, post# 21407

  • Country: Kenya
  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Deadline: 2023-11-22
  • No of Vacancies: N/A


  1. Initiate and prepare detailed situation and risk analyses of trends and possible emergencies in the Eastern and Southern African Region. Collaborate with regional office programme sections to ensure that emergency-related needs are proactively assessed, identified addressed using existing support channels at the RO and HQ levels. Provide policy and programme advice and recommendations for preparedness and anticipatory actions to the Regional Office, EMOPS, and concerned Country Offices, as well as inputs to Regional Situation Analyses and Reports, and presentations to Country Representatives at the RPMT.
  2. In conjunction with Country Offices, provide policy and technical guidance in the development of detailed contingency and preparedness plans and plans for operational and programmatic response in the event of emergency in ESAR countries, taking into account available resources, and including specific recommendations on actions to be taken by Country Offices, the Regional Office and HQ.
  3. Advise Country Office Representatives, Deputy Representatives, Emergency and Operations focal points on the incorporation and strengthening risk-informed programming approaches including emergency preparedness, resilience programmes, and activities and related operational provisions in country programmes.  Monitor preparedness and emergency response elements in planning and reporting documents including Country Programme Documents, Country Programme Management Plans, and Annual, and Mid-Term Reviews.
  4. In conjunction with the other Regional Advisers, participate in reviews and evaluations of UNICEF emergency-related responses in the region.  Support and encourage emergency-related monitoring and evaluations. Implement emergency activities-related monitoring and evaluations, including development, field testing, and application of new tools and methodologies. Participate UNICEF emergencies After Action reviews and evaluations in the region, as well as regional and global policy reviews of such responses.
  5. Manage the Humanitarian Action Resilience and Peacebuilding Section within the Regional Office.  Develop, coordinate, implement, and monitor emergency preparedness and response procedures within the Regional Office to enable it to provide timely and priority operational and programmatic support to Country Offices and countries affected by emergencies.  Advise the Regional Management Team on the management and improvement of such procedures. Provide support for staff training programmes to strengthen programming skills and familiarize staff with appropriate programmatic responses to emergency situations, including modes of interagency cooperation.
  6. In close collaboration with the Regional Chief of Communications, monitor and provide current information on emergency situations in the region and respond to children’s needs.  Support Country Offices, Regional Offices, and HQ to develop high-level advocacy strategies.
  7. In collaboration with the Regional Advisor Public and private Partnerships assess priority resource needs related to different countries and areas of programmatic interventions. Ensure and advocate for mobilization of financial resources for the implementation of appropriate sectoral Emergency Preparedness and Response interventions in the Region.
  8. In collaboration with the Regional Adviser for Health, ensure proper support is provided to preparedness and response for public health emergencies, and encourage cross-border coordination among relevant countries and COs.
  9. Coordinate and represent UNICEF in building strategic regional and sub-regional alliances for coordination and cooperation in DRR, humanitarian response, and humanitarian advocacy. Consult, coordinate, and liaise with international, multi, and bilateral agencies, donors, government and inter-governmental counterparts, NGOs, and other groups to advocate for children’s well-being, rights, protection, and interests on onsets of emergencies and ensure the needs of children are taken into account in the preparation and launching of inter-agency appeals
  10. In collaboration with Operations sections ensure surge and emergency staffing and supply items are prepositioned and ready to be allocated/deployed based on existing emergency threats and scenarios.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • 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.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and administration.
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management is required.
  • Developing country work experience and familiarity with emergency is required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is considered an asset.


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