Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
With over 689 million children living in the region, South Asia is a home to a quarter of the world’s children population. However, the region is highly exposed to multi-hazards including earthquakes, floods, droughts and landslides which puts the lives of many children at risk each year. The nature and frequency of disasters has been exacerbated by the increasing vulnerability and poverty, socio-economic transformation, rapid urbanization and political volatility. Climate change aggravates the situation by increasing the intensity, frequency and uncertainty of climatic events. For instance, in 2017, South Asia experienced one of the worst floods in decades affecting more than 41 million people (half of the being children) and killing over 2,000 people in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Similarly, India and Sri Lanka continue to face frequent risks of severe drought due to below average rainfall.
Disasters directly affect children rights to survival including the right to water, food and nutrition, sanitation health, education and protection. Therefore, children have the right to feel safe from disaster risk, to be protected during emergencies, and to take part in the planning of their own future. As enshrined in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC) children have the right to participate in activities that affect their life. Therefore, the Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) provides technical assistance to the country offices in the region to respond in aftermath of a disaster. Yet in this disaster-prone region, - investments in preparedness for disaster not only protect children and their caretakers from the impact of disasters but also contributes through strengthening national capacity development. With children being the most vulnerable and affected to disasters the Regional Office for South Asia in addition promotes child-centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) as part of the overall risk informed programming approach to secure a safe, resilient and sustainable future for children that also helps to reduce poverty and accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
While considerable progress has been made in strengthening EPR and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) - knowledge management, sharing of good practices and learning across the region remains an area to be strengthened. Therefore, there is an immediate need for strategic communication and knowledge management which engages all UNICEF country offices, other regions and HQ level to document and share ideas, comparative experiences to promote EPR and Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR). A draft knowledge management strategy needs to be further elaborated and rolled out whilst meanwhile supporting overall EPR and DRR work in the unit which will allow exposure to existing DRR & Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) platform, global and regional emergency network meetings, webinars and the community of practices.
Meanwhile, - emerging and/or protracted disasters ask full time attention ensuring that the needs of affected children are addressed. UNICEF humanitarian action caters for a broad spectrum of activities in Preparedness, Response and Disaster Risk Reduction through which the regional office provides support to 8 countries in South Asia ensuring tangible results for children at risk or faced with disasters.
Objectives of the Internship:
Expected results (measurable results):
Under the supervision of the Regional Emergency Advisor contribute to overall workplan of the ROSA Emergency Unit by further strengthening a systematic approach of information sharing and Knowledge Management for ROSA Emergency Section and country offices. Prepare thematic paper(s) on Youth in Emergencies and/or another selected core topic. Support overall EPR work which may include among others attending and reporting of emergency meetings and regional webinars; monitoring of developing situations etc.
Key tasks and responsibilities:
Summary of Key Deliverables:
Learning Opportunities for the Intern:
Education: Recently completed or currently pursuing a University Degree in international relations, development studies, politics, social science or a similar discipline
Skills and Experience:
Language Proficiency: Fluent in English (written and spoken)