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.
Background & Rationale
More than 41 million children affected by conflict, disaster and other emergencies lack access to protection or other vital services. To help realize the rights of every child, UNICEF needs to be able to effectively respond to these challenges. In emergency responses across the board, from acute to protracted crises, and for the increasing number of populations at risk of disaster, UNICEF recognizes the need to strengthen its evidence more systematically for better informing its decision making. Amounts of data continue to grow and require better coordination and knowledge management. Generating more in-depth evidence, driven by more performance monitoring capacity and by focused research and analysis, will boost humanitarian learning, and increase the opportunities for innovation.
This position will be within the Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Section (HELS), recently established with the aim to contribute directly to preparing, saving and protecting more lives and livelihoods of children and their families through better, and better available, evidence and learning in support of emergency programmes.
In humanitarian situations, UNICEF is accountable for making a difference in the survival, care and protection of children and women, in line with the strategic results in the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action. In these contexts, managing for results requires quick analysis and decision-making, often in politicized contexts and with significantly increased resources; as well as managing different and sometimes disconnected inter-agency planning processes. Country Offices (COs) are also required to demonstrate accountability to communities and people affected by humanitarian crises, especially from the most vulnerable groups, women and wherever possible, engaging adolescents and youth. These accountabilities and the management of risks require COs to have access to and use adequate information on the situation of children and women, the progress and results of programmes, including analysis and use of inputs and feedback from affected people, as well as supporting key operations functions. Appropriately adapted results-based planning and monitoring approaches are critical to ensuring that COs have the information required for effective Results-Based Management (RBM) of humanitarian response.
UNICEF has established an approach to adapted planning and monitoring for humanitarian situations. As part of a broader effort to strengthen the availability and use of evidence to inform strategic direction, management and oversight of humanitarian action, EMOPS provides support to priority COs to apply key RBM processes and tools adapted for humanitarian action. This includes direct mission support, remote support, as well as learning programmes to strengthen CO capacity. The required support spans needs assessment, humanitarian planning and set up of adapted monitoring approaches as well as introduction of IM systems to support these work processes, both for ongoing and new humanitarian situations.
Objective and Targets
The objective of this consultancy is to support the Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Section with support and capacity building of COs in planning and monitoring for humanitarian response.
Expected Results and Delivarables: (Measurable Results)
As PME support you will:
Key competences, technical background, and experience required
Technical knowledge and skills
Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required, Fluency in French is strongly desired. A working knowledge of Spanish is an asset.