Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why UNICEF’s focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Democratic Republic of Congo:
In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.
DRC is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the World where UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Following the August 1 announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, UNICEF has mobilized its teams to help contain the spread of the disease and protect children. This is the tenth epidemic in DRC since 1976 and comes just a few days after the declaration of the end of the Ebola epidemic in the western Province of Equateur that began in mid-May. At this stage, there is no indication that the outbreaks in Equateur and North Kivu are linked. The Congolese Government has activated its response plan and called in its partners, including UNICEF, to participate in the response.
How can you make a difference to UNICEF in DRC?
Purpose of the job:
The Formative Research Manager reports to the Senior Ebola Coordinator (Level 5) for guidance and general supervision. The manager is responsible for the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Formative Research agenda and contributes to the impact and use formative, social sciences research within the global Ministry of Health Ebola response.
The aim of the formative social sciences research team is to work, in coordination and under the Social Sciences Research Group (MoH, UNICEF, WHO and partners) and together with the MoH Epi cell to conduct research which results in clearly identified opportunities for improving quality and accountability of the response (short and long term) to populations. The Manager is responsible for consistent use and application of recommendations in a practical manner.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Key tasks include:
Oversee technical skills and provide coaching and guidance as required:
Lead Social Sciences Research Group on behalf of UNICEF and act as focal point with MoH Epi Cell for integrated data sharing, research strategies and agendas:
Coordinate with UNICEF programme teams in two-way information sharing and bi-directionality for research areas:
Review and provide technical guidance to research team in the development of research methodologies and data analysis:
Together with MoH and the SSRG, lead and ensure space for presentation, appropriation, application and monitoring or research recommendations:
Oversee to the technical report writing (internal, external and academic):
Manage report and technical writing specialists to develop appropriate presentation materials (briefing notes, reports, presentations) for various audiences.
Supervise knowledge management and capacity building:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have: