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UNICEF seeks to recruit a chief field operations, P-5, Fixed Term, Juba, South Sudan

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UNICEF seeks to recruit a chief field operations, P-5, Fixed Term, Juba, South Sudan

Job no : 519811
Work type : Fixed Term Appointment
Location : South Sudan
Categories : P-5, Programme Management

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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.


How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Representative, responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities relating to emergency preparedness and response; manages the UNICEF South Sudan field operations including the supervision of the Chief of Field Offices, the post also oversees and supports the work of the UNICEF sponsored WASH, Nutrition, Education and Child Protection  Cluster Coordinators.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities :

  1. Undertake assessment of conditions resulting from emergency situations affecting children and women in South Sudan, determine priority for interventions, and identify problems and constraints in order to ensure effective response and service delivery; prepare project proposals and contribute to the preparation of the consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal, Humanitarian Workplan, SSHF submission and other related documentation as necessary.
  2. Provide overall leadership, guidance and direction for the development of appropriate operational strategies, day to day programme implementation, and in consultation with the Chief Social Policy, M&E, continuous monitoring and regular reporting by field offices for programme implementation and management.
  3. Support five field offices and seven sub-offices and Integrated Rapid Response mechanisn teams in effective work planning, implementation of activities, office organization, regional operations and logistics; meet with government officials to facilitate operations of the field offices.  Supervise Chiefs of Field Offices.
  4. Support HCT initiatives in disaster management coordination by representing UNICEF and by reflecting UNICEF positions based on organizational policies and principles.  Provide policy advise and technical support to the Humanitarian  Coordinator (HC) on the UN system’s collaborative programming and monitoring processes; and the humanitarian reform. Provide support to the HC in the assessment and analytical processes for the consolidation of the UN system approach in Disaster Management, with a special focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and linking humanitarian to development programming. Support the national disaster management and mitigation, in coordination mechanisms and strategy development, and build capacity of UNICEF staff and counterparts on key humanitarian related issues such as Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Take active role in coordinated inter-agency multi-sectoral contingency planning, assessments, analysis and reporting.
  5. As part of the senior management team, and taking into consideration field realities, ensure the integration of regular and emergency programme sectors in all stages of the programming process, i.e., the situation analysis/annual needs assessments, CPD and CPMP, Multi-YearWorkplans, programme strategy, planning monitoring and evaluation, and courses for action for achievement of emergency, early recovery and development programmes objectives.
  6. In coordination with the programme, clusters and Chiefs of Field offices, participate with government and NGO partners in the development of strategies, methodologies and identification of new operational approaches for improving programme delivery in emergencies, early recovery and development activities.
  7. Develop the EPP together with Programme and Operations sections, and facilitate the operationalization of the plan including monitoring its implementation and follow up on agreed actions.  Coordinate and support the efforts of the Programme section Emergency Focal Persons through regular emergency meetings, to handle specific emergency issues in support of the government preparedness and response efforts.
  8. nteract with government and other partners, NGOs, UN, and bilateral agencies in the different stages of emergency programme preparedness and field implementation; follow up on the implementation of recommendations and agreements related to field implementation.
  9. Contribute to the knowledge management function of the office by assisting in the coordination and intersectoral exchange of field information and experience between programme sections and zonal offices including the identification of specific advocacy issues and approaches with counterparts, NGOs and donors.
  10. Participate in the development of strong donor contacts and relations, monitoring and updating of emergency programme funding priorities and provide support to Representative in fundraising activities.


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

  • An advanced university degree in International/development/ humanitarian studies, social sciences, programme management, public administration or other relevant areas ;
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience at national and international levels in field operations management with a strong background in complex humanitarian operations ;
  • Fluency in English and another UN working language is required.


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.

The functional competencies required for this post are :

  • Leading and Supervising [III] ;
  • Formulating Strategies and Concept [II] ;
  • Analyzing [II] ;
  • Relating and Networking [III ;
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [II] ;
  • Following Instructions and Procedures [III] ;

View our competency framework at : here

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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Remarks :

  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service ;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process ;
  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer ;
  • Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.


Applications close : E. Africa Standard Time

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