Emergency Specialist

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th April, 2019

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.

For every child, a chance

The goals of the Division of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) support the Plan’s focus on equity and reaching the most disadvantaged in all contexts, strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus and helping humanitarian investments lead to better development outcomes. As a critical input to these goals, EMOPS is investing in strengthening the links between evidence generation, learning and use of evidence to steer humanitarian action – this is the focus of the Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Section. EMOPS must also ensure that the organization’s approaches for the evidence and learning functions are developed in line with and reinforcing evolving Inter-Agency policy, guidance and systems. UNICEF is a key contributor to these developments.

This position contributes to these efforts, specifically focusing on strengthening result-based management of the humanitarian programme cycle (needs assessment/situation monitoring, planning, performance monitoring, reporting), supporting strong linkages between humanitarian and development programming. The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical inputs into UNICEF mainstream evidence-related policy, procedures and guidance as well as developing more detailed guidance, tools, systems and internal capacity development efforts specific to humanitarian planning and monitoring. The incumbent must at the same time contribute to inter-agency discussions to ensure that UNICEF’s approach to needs assessments, strategic planning, and humanitarian performance monitoring is developed to keep in line with and reinforce the evolving Inter-Agency planning cycle and strategic systems. The position also requires attention to capitalizing on technological innovations that increase efficiency and effectiveness of assessment, planning and monitoring processes as well as keeping abreast of evolving global humanitarian and development commitments and priorities, at the same time as providing tools, guidance and support that is fit for purpose for field colleagues in country offices.

How can you make a difference?

Coordinate inputs to the development of UNICEF global evidence-related policies, procedures, guidance and tools in support of humanitarian action:

  • Provide inputs to mainstream evidence-related policies, procedures, guidance and roll out strategies to ensure that these adequately reflect humanitarian action and the linkages between humanitarian and development programming
  • Provide inputs to inter-agency humanitarian guidance and processes in the areas of assessment, monitoring and reporting as well as supporting information management systems.
  • Coordinate the development of humanitarian-specific planning and monitoring policy, procedures, guidance and tools and providing inputs to the same for needs assessment/ situation analysis and evaluation, as led by other divisions/sections.

Contribute to supporting and strengthening global support mechanisms to country offices to assure effective results based management of UNICEF-supported humanitarian action:

  • Contribute to on-line resources to support country office good practice and individual and team learning related to results based management for humanitarian action;
  • Contribute to the design of work process and information management platforms supporting results based management to guide UNICEF-supported humanitarian action (e.g. eTools)
  • Facilitate remote and face-to-face learning to build skills and knowledge of key staff in priority Country Offices (CO) in Results-Based Management (RBM) as adapted to humanitarian action.
  • Contribute to global processes with other headquarters divisions and regional offices to strengthen a talent pool that covers the necessary competencies for results based management of humanitarian action.
  • Provide direct remote and mission-based technical and capacity building to priority COs and Regional Offices (RO) to strengthen adapted approaches to needs assessment and results-based planning and monitoring for humanitarian response, including strengthening preparedness for these processes in high-risk contexts.

Contribute to analysis of results and trends in UNICEF humanitarian action feeding into global decision-making, UNICEF internal capacity development plans and external corporate reporting:

  • Provide periodic synthesis and analysis of evaluation findings and recommendations as well as After Action Reviews and other lessons learned activities, feeding into forward thinking on internal organizational change.
  • Coordinate EMOPS input as key stakeholder in major humanitarian evaluations as well as facilitating engagement of other headquarters stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the development and roll out of a process of more in-depth analysis of humanitarian performance in priority countries feeding into Emergency Management Team decision-making as well as global level oversight and analysis.
  • Provide analysis of organizational performance in the areas of result-based management for humanitarian action feeding into corporate performance management and reporting processes.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning.
  • A minimum of 8 (eight) years of relevant professional experience in practical assessment, programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, primarily within the humanitarian sector at country office and sub national level.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating and tracking implementation of humanitarian planning including cross-sectoral lens and both strategy development and results frameworks at the level of a country office or sub-national humanitarian response.
  • Demonstrated field experience in design and implementation of monitoring systems and activities adapted to humanitarian action, including: design and implementation of needs assessments; monitoring frameworks/plans; design and implementation of qualitative field monitoring systems; survey design and implementation; ideally with a mix of experience across different types and scale of humanitarian response.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with design and use of data systems and use of technologies for real-time adaptations of different monitoring approaches in the context of humanitarian programme monitoring
  • Demonstrated skills and field experience in integrating equity considerations into data collection and analysis, including attention to vulnerable populations (gender, disability and other key factors in exclusion) and relevant sub-national disaggregations.
  • Some exposure to/knowledge of UNICEF work in the humanitarian sector (directly or as a partner)
  • Exceptional analytical skills; planning and organizing skills; networking and relating skills; communication skills especially writing and drive for results
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish language is a strong 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.


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