Chief Field Operations

UN Children's Fund, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st November, 2018

Job Description

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.

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.
  • We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.
  • UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For every child, a future

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Post:

Under the overall guidance of the Representative, manage the UNICEF Afghanistan Field Operations and Emergency Section. Ensure the integration of all aspects of regular and emergency programme activities in the programming process. Supervise the Chief of Zonal offices, coordinate the work of emergency cluster coordinators and ensure effective work planning and programme implementation and monitoring of results in the field. Provide leadership for emergency preparedness and response, disaster risk reduction and ensure emergency programme implementation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage Field Operations and all aspects of Emergency preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction and Response to ensure timely, effective and efficient programme delivery, ensuring through sound leadership, supervision and monitoring that all blockages, disruptions and delays are avoided in order to achieve programme results and that these results are measurable.
  • As part of the senior management team, taking into consideration field realities, ensure the integration of regular and emergency programme sectors in all stages of the programming process i.e the situations analyses’, annual needs assessment, CPR, risk informed equity focused programmes design, strategy planning, monitoring evaluation and associated capacity development of country staff. Ensure achievement of country and emergency programmes objectives including pre-positioning of emergency supplies and disaster risk reduction.
  • Provide overall leadership, guidance and direction for the development of appropriate risk informed operating strategies, day to day program implementation, continuous monitoring and regular reporting by zonal offices for programme implementation. Develop the UNICEF’s Emergency Preparedness and response plans at national level and assess zonal offices in preparation of updates to the EPRP and other contingency planning processes. Supports the Representative to perform his role as the UNICEF representative in the UN Humanitarian Country Team the UN inter agency Humanitarian coordination body. Interact with government and other partners , NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of emergency programme preparedness and field implementation, follow up on implementation.
  • Participate in the development of strong donor contacts and relations, monitoring and updating emergency programme funding priorities and provide support to Representative in fund raising activities. Participate in all strategic emergency/humanitarian cluster and inter-cluster coordination and performance management mechanisms.
  • Support zonal offices, field outposts and other field teams in effective work planning, implementation of activities, office organisation, regional operations and logistics; meet with government officials and civil society to facilitate operations of the zonal offices. Supervise all 5 Chief Field Office Chiefs.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Representative, the programme sections and Chiefs of zonal offices, participate with government and NGO partners in the development of strategies, methodologies and identification of new operational approaches for improving programme delivery, with focus on equity and monitoring.
  • Assist in coordination and exchange of information between different sections of ACO and field offices including the identification of specific advocacy issues and approaches with counterparts, NGOs and donors.
  • Monitor developments at the international, national, regional and provincial levels. Initiate new approaches and develop methodologies to best meet goals and objectives. Writes position papers for use in the development of UNICEF programme policy. Participate in various international/national meetings and workshops.
  • Support overall management through participation in management meetings within the office, to review major office operations, human resources, programme and administrative budget management.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Public Health, Education, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation. Experience working in an emergency would be required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies for this post are:

  • Analyzing [III]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [III]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [III]
  • Leading and Supervising [III]
  • Persuading and Influencing [III]
  • Relating and Networking [III]

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Good knowledge of international relations, international technical cooperation programmes, programme administration, and project management in the UN context.
  • Good knowledge of current trends, issues, programme modalities, policies, principles, and practices of the technical cooperation activities related to UNICEF’s work.
  • Thorough understanding of UNICEF programme policies, goals and strategies, guidelines and approaches.
  • Expertise to formulate vision, exercise leadership, and communicate effectively throughout the organization and the UN system.
  • Expertise to deploy public relations and enhance UNICEF’s image in the public and with government..
  • Expertise to deploy networking and to build alliances with all relevant national and international networks and organizations, such as donors, NGOs, institutions, mass media and the film industry for fundraising and special events.
  • Thorough knowledge of UNICEF’s financial regulations, rules and fundraising strategy. Expertise to develop, cultivate and manage effective HR and work environment.
  • Blend of experience in headquarters, regional and field postings an asset.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


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