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Oct 13, 2017

UNICEF Emergency Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job Re-Advertisement: Emergency Specialist, NO-C

Nairobi, Kenya 

(Open to Kenya nationals only)
Job no: 507831
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Kenya
Categories: Emergency Programme
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.

UNICEF has a scale up emergency nutrition plan in place. In January 2015, a cholera outbreak was declared in western Kenya and Nairobi. 

Cholera has now spread to 11 counties with over 3200 cases. MoH is calling for a national emergency and ask the stakeholders to step up emergency preparedness and response in affected and high risk area. The current raining season is increasing the risk of further spread of cholera. 

UNICEF will scale up its response and review the HAC accordingly. UNICEF need to increase multi-sector information management to support the GoK and sectors in the response.

While the humanitarian situation is deteriorating, UNICEF KCO has embarked in the reinforcement of the skills and competencies of its three zonal office in planning, managing and monitoring flagship priorities to reach results for children in their geographical area. 

By mid-2015, two out of the three zonal office will have clear defined flagship programs with activities drawn from the CPD and zonal office management plan to deliver them. 

The Field Operation and Emergency section is responsible to support the zonal offices capacity development plan and to develop the tool to monitor the performance of the zonal offices against their flagship priorities.

How can you make a difference?

As an Emergency and Programme Support Specialist you will:

Support the Country Office in developing and maintaining performance monitoring mechanism for the zonal office, and follow up on programme management issues between field and Nairobi. He/She will also support capacity building of the zone office in the use of the system.

Additionally, the deteriorating humanitarian environment compels KCO office to produce high quality humanitarian information and analysis for donors, Government and the general population, to support multi sectoral assessments. 

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Field Operations and Emergency the key responsibilities of the post will be as follows:

Humanitarian assessment, reporting, documentation/communication

Information for programme planning and monitoring in humanitarian response and recovery settings, in close association with UNICEF monitoring, evaluation and reporting staff and linking with established Government and sector/cluster systems.
  1. Provide support for information collection and data analysis as necessary to  emergency sector working groups/clusters that UNICEF supports including WASH, Nutrition, Education and Child Protection
  2. Supervise and support compilation of regular situation updates on humanitarian, recovery and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes as well as specific analytical reports on programmes as requested. Produce target-group tailored information and visual products to complement analysis and reporting.
  3. Support the implementation of the phase 4 of KIRA, improving the transfer of skills and leadership to the Government of Kenya and the Kenya Red Cross.
  4. If required , support/lead Kira field assessment of humanitarian crisis
  5. Produce high quality donor reports for UNICEF’s humanitarian donors, including quality review of quarterly UNICEF’s Humanitarian Performance Monitoring report and HAC end of year report. Including support in development of info graphic and maps on request.
  6. Support HAC mid-year review and 2016 HAC development.
  7. Establishment/strengthening performance monitoring tool for zone office and provide maintenance and follow up of reporting mechanism from the Zone office.
  8. Develop systems for effectively monitoring management performance of zone office
  9. Work with Zone office during the development of the system and its implementation.
  10. Analyze Zone office monthly reporting and extract trends on major issues and bottlenecks that impact on the performance of the Zone office.
  11. Work with operations and program team to facilitate effective resolution of issues raised by zone office.
  12. Evaluate the functioning of the system and provide recommendation for its improvement
  13. Support Zone office in review of their flagship priorities and review capacity development requirement for delivering them.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in relevant fields Social Sciences, Public Admin, International Law, Public Health, Nutrition, International Relations, Business Admin, or other related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Applications close: 24 Oct 2017 E. Africa Standard Time 

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