Emergency Officer – UNICEF, United nations Volunteers program



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Emergency Officer – UNICEF, United nations Volunteers program, August 24 2022




Emergency Officer

  • Position: Emergency Officer
  • Employment: Paid Volunteering
  • Date of Announcement: August 22 2022
  • Deadline: September 5 2022

Job description



Description of assignment title: Emergency Officer

Assignment country: Ethiopia

Expected start date: 09/22/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 4. Quality education

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Assosa


Mission and objectives

UNICEF Ethiopia is implementing a 5-year country programme 2020-2025 which is fully aligned with the UNSDCF. UNICEF will work collaboratively within the UNSDCF on a joint strategy to strengthen national systems for data collection, analysis, monitoring and applying adjustments to promote equity. Evidence will be used to monitor the situation of children, tracking progress towards equity and scale, and to inform advocacy to adjust policies, strategies and budgets. Monitoring and corrective actions will be undertaken through UNICEF staff, partners and third-party monitoring, and through mechanisms for community feedback and accountability to affected populations.


The Emergency Officer (national UNV) will be responsible for providing overall technical support to the Field Office at Assosa level under the supervision of Chief Field Office based in Assosa. The Post holder is expected to work closely with all the programme officers and specialists to support overall emergency response efforts of the field office in delivering humanitarian response to internally displaced people, refugees and affected host communities by providing technical contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the emergency interventions to advance the survival and well-being of children and mothers and communities affected by emergencies She/he will work with all UNICEF co-led clusters such as Health, WASH, Education and CP-GBV AoR partners for effective coordination, information sharing and response plans implementation avoiding duplication of effort and resources. The Post holder is also responsible for organizing and sharing information as needed including with the support of programme officers and specialists, compile monthly sitreps and weekly updates, support the revision of emergency response plans and track and document UNICEF supplies and funds disbursed to partners for humanitarian response. Most importantly, the post holder will Support the identification of critical program gaps and vulnerabilities and assist clarification of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities to effectively address those gaps, Participate in regional emergency cluster meetings and with close guidance of the supervisor work closely with the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Office (DPPO) to address issues related to strategic planning, roles and responsibilities of sector partners, and joint advocacy, contribute to the preparation of proposals which address identified gaps in the emergency response and seek support which might better respond to identified needs and vulnerabilities in a conflict-sensitive manner, support timely submission of biweekly sitrep by compiling, organizing, analysing, monitoring, and preparing data, assist support provide to the sectors on common standards, innovative strategies and approaches which ensure a capacity to address UNICEF Core Corporate Commitments for Children in Emergencies, and reflect good practice in IDP emergency Responses Contribute to the development of appropriate and effective program monitoring systems to enable assessment of both the emergency response process and impact and to ensure delivery of results for children Assist preparation of implementation reports for the Field Office.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Chief Field Office his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Emergency Officer will carry out the following functions. Multisectoral Emergency Programme Planning and Response

  •  Support on developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and implementations.
  •  Provides technical input for government partner in the preparation of the regional EPRP and its implementations.
  •  Participate in regional emergency cluster meetings to address issues related to strategic planning, roles and responsibilities of sector partners, and joint advocacy.
  •  Assist program officers on the identification of the humanitarian partners for the emergency response interventions.
  •  Works closely with POs to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response strategies are mainstreamed in the field office work plans.
  •  Participates in emergency training workshops and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the program officers and partners. Humanitarian Situation and Operational Support
  •  Compile weekly and monthly humanitarian Sitrep (narrative report, results matrix, and indicator table) and other relevant emergency updates.
  •  Conducts regular field visits to assess the emergency response implementation progress and provides recommendations for response and program improvement.

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  •  Follow up the humanitarian situation in BGR and systematically report on how the humanitarian needs evolve.
  •  Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies and monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources. Coordination and collaboration
  •  Participate at the sectorial emergency taskforce meetings to contribute/advocate for the timeliness and quality the implementation of UNICEF supported emergency programmes.
  •  Establish positive network with the government sectors and humanitarian partners in the region.
  •  Coordinates with partners and conduct joint need assessments covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies.
  •  Participate in the field office management meetings of ZMT and PMT.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.



Job Requirements

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Required experience

5 years of experience in emergency response interventions such as IDPs, Refuges and affected host communities in the UN/INGOs context is required.

  •  Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels.
  •  Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment, including in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
  •  Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet.
  •  Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision.
  •  Sound security awareness and diplomacy.

Area(s) of expertise

Crisis and emergency response

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Desirable Amharic, Level: Fluent, Desirable


Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Public Health and/or social science such as Social Work, Sociology, Psychology

Competencies and values

  •  Drive for results
  •  Sound analytical skills
  •  Technical knowledge on Information management/ data review and analysis
  •  Working with team
  •  Professionalism
  •  Teamwork and respect for diversity
  •  Communication
  •  Flexibility

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Benishangul Gumuz region is passing through a protracted conflict driven emergency since 2017 that resulted in a significant part of the population as IDPs. As of July 2022, the Regional DRMC announced that a total of 469, 609 (nearly 45% of the total population of the region) population in the region are IDPs in three of the zones. About 266,178 IDPs (57 %) of the IDPS are residing in Metekel, 137,575 (29%) in Kamashi Zone, and 65,856(14%) in the Assosa zone. Overall, the conflict has resulted in exacerbating the vulnerability of children, pregnant and lactating women in the region accounting 23% of the affected population. Recently, in Metekel zone, a totally of 26,276 Gumuz IDPs who were sheltered in the jungle has returned to town centered IDP sites, which calls for a coordinated emergency response to support vulnerable women and children. The security situation in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region remains tense and unpredictable. High levels of UAG activity were reported in Metekel, and Kamashi zones and Mao-Komo Special woreda of Assosa zone. The peace dialogue and negotiation between UAGs and Government is not resulting in a promised amicable solution to the conflict. In May 2022, it was reported that UAGs in Kamshi who accepted the peace deal with the government has returned to the bushes. Armed conflicts between UAGs and government forces continued clashing on a sporadic pattern. As a result, humanitarian access is highly hampered, making it difficult for humanitarian partners to carry out lifesaving responses. As of June 2022, in terms of accessibility for humanitarian assistance, out of 17 conflict affected woredas, 2 are accessible, 7 woredas are partially accessible and the rest 8 are inaccessible.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.


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Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.


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