Avis de recrutement d’un spécialiste des urgences, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso



Job no : 542014

Contract type : Temporary Appointment

Level : NO-3

Location : Burkina Faso

Categories : Emergency Programme


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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 champion :

to optimize UNICEF contribution to the triple nexus response in line with the new CCCs. The incumbent is responsible to support UNICEF response by ensuring the monitoring and analysis of the humanitarian situation and the assessment of the needs of the most vulnerable children. It would promote and facilitate close collaboration with UNICEF partners, as well as the monitoring of UNICEF interventions in the area, and help promote an integrated approach to UNICEF programs.

The Emergency Specialist ensures humanitarian coordination and follow-up of UNICEF actions in the field. Given the worsening humanitarian situation, UNICEF wants to ensure a regular monitoring of the situation in the field, and recommend coordinated response, especially in the Nord, Est, Centre-Est, Centre-Nord, Sahel and Boucle de Mouhoun regions, which are the priority regions for 2021 for the  Humanitarian Response Plan and the Humanitarian Action for Children. He/ she would ensure the representation of UNICEF in humanitarian coordination meetings and collaborate in capacity building efforts on humanitarian principles and CCC, internally and of partners. .


How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief of field operations / emergency, the Emergency Specialist NO3 is responsible of the following tasks.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities :

  1. Adopts adequate emergency preparedness measures through the development and updating of country contingency plans and regular update of the Emergency Preparedness Platform, to ensure effective preparedness and response to specific emergencies ;
  2. Participates in the formulation of contingency and action plans in preparation and response to emergencies, monitors compliance of all sectors with the plans, including financial resources ;
  3. Provides technical advice related to emergency preparedness and response. Provides technical advice to the country office in the implementation of emergency preparedness and response, in line with the CCCs ;
  4. Ensures the implementation of the 3RC strategy, and ensures that UNICEF proactively participates in the rapid response mechanisms in place ;
  5. Collaborates with the Information Management Specialist in the development and maintenance of country/regional information and ensure the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness and response management ;
  6. Establishes and maintains a wide network of humanitarian contacts, including national and international partners, other sister agencies, government technical officials, and any other as required and relevant ;
  7. Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes implementing arrangements ;
  8. Plans, organizes and facilitates capacity building exercises for the office’s staff and for partners on emergencies preparedness and response ;
  9. Coordinates the preparation and follow up and facilitates the bi-monthly meetings of the emergency task force ;
  10. In case of an emergency, collaborates and supports field offices and sections to ensure a timely and efficient analysis of vulnerabilities and implementation of integrated and multi-sectoral response in line with the CCC, and in coordination with other humanitarian actors, within the context of the existing coordination mechanism ;
  11. Develops, in coordination with field offices, the annual supply plan and monitors its implementation, in line with the HAC ;
  12. Carries out regular field visits in support to field offices or in regions without UNICEF field presence ;
  13. Collaborates with the emergency unit, the field offices and sections, in the development and monitoring of partnerships with government and civil society organizations, making sure that they are in line with UNICEF CSO procedures ;
  14. Contributes to the generation of evidence and content for key strategic and donor documents ;
  15. Collaborates with the unit, field offices and sections to the implementation of the humanitarian performance monitoring tools and of the end-user monitoring plan ;
  16. Represents UNICEF in key coordination for a as required and keeps management informed ;
  17. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Prepares sectoral input for the country programme key planning documents, and contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.


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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, international law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines ;
  • A Bachelor degree combined with an additional two (2) years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree ;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration ;
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable ;
  • Fluency in French and good knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language and local language is an asset.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) along with the core and functional competencies.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies (Required) :

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1) ;
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) ;
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2) ;
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2) ;
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2) ;
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) ;
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2) ;
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2).

Functional Competencies (Required) :

  • Analyzing (2) ;
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (3) ;
  • Persuading and Influencing (3) ;
  • Applying Technical Expertise (3) ;
  • Planning and Organizing (2).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks : Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


Deadline : 28 Jul 2021 Greenwich Standard Time.


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