Emergency Specialist, P4, Temporary Appointment, 364 days, Manila, Post no. 00120346


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UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.

UNICEF Philippines has 2 offices, one in Manila and one field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms. It is expected that the incumbent of this post will have a particular focus on this region due to the special context noted above.

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How can you make a difference?

The Emergency Specialist is responsible for emergency managerial guidance to support operational and programme initiatives in emergency response. The post shall coordinate overall country office emergency preparedness and response, and disaster risk reduction actions. The post is responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the emergency interventions, including fund-raising for emergency activities, to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in emergency.  The post provides coordination and support for policy and programme planning and management in UNICEF supported emergency programme.


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative Programme (DRP) the post shall undertake the following roles and responsibilities:


Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Risk Reduction

1.  Ensures that adequate emergency preparedness measures are taken through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms, which leads to more effective preparedness and response to specific emergencies.

2.  Participates in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, and monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action, including financial resources. Ensures coordination of the management of emergency preparedness and response.

3.   Provides policy and program advice related to emergencies, including on management related issues. Provides direction and guidance to the country office in the implementation of emergency preparedness measures, which strengthens preparedness and response mechanisms in the country faced with impending emergencies.

4.  Develops and maintains databases on country/regional information, and ensures the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas and establishes logistics plans to be implemented during an emergency operation, to ensure a timely and effective emergency response. 

5.  Assists in developing and conducting emergency training courses specifically designed for regional standby Emergency Response Teams; participates in these courses with the Team, and participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, leading to build-up in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners. Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response.

6.  Develops country office disaster risk reduction/resilience strategies. Advocates and provides technical support to government for mainstreaming child centered disaster risk reduction in policy, planning and implementation. Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document. Provides policy and program advice related to resilience, disaster risk reduction including on management related issues.

7.   Provides direction and guidance to the country office in the implementation of disaster risk reduction contributing to resilience and strengthened preparedness and response mechanisms in the country faced with impending emergencies. Prepares sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and all related documents of the office’s Disaster Risk Reduction/Resilience program. Provides guidance to programme sections to adapt global and local best practices on disaster risk reduction, resilience and related frameworks. Supports the operationalization and implementation of UNICEF’s Disaster Risk Reduction strategy at subnational level and provides adequate oversight and capacity building. Ensures disaster risk reduction plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify. Monitors implementation and evaluates progress to ensure achievement of quality and sustainable results. Prepares relevant disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation concepts and proposals and other fundraising documentation as necessary.

Emergency Response

6.  In the event of an emergency, takes prompt action as Team Leader or member of the Emergency Response Team which is deployed immediately to establish UNICEF’s presence and implement the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Ensures that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and security assistance for the staff in an emergency, as necessary. In coordination with the programme and operations groups, establishes contact with all UNICEF staff and their dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and informs OPSCEN and the Regional Director of their status.

7.  Assesses local conditions resulting from the emergency situation affecting children and their families in the country. Leads and/or participates in needs assessment missions in conjunction with the Regional Office, the HQ Divisions, and field staff, in order to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Participates in UN Country team emergency response and contributes to assessing the crisis and humanitarian situation in the country with special regard to the survival, protection and wellbeing of children, adolescents and women.

8.  Assists CO Senior Management in emergency operations oversight and program management to ensure that the funding, budget, management, reporting, and field presence coordination are managed efficiently and effectively with clear accountabilities.

Emergency Project

9.  Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies as well as project proposals for emergency. Works with program sections and senior management to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including annual or multi-annual humanitarian appeals and documents.

10.  Establishes longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions. Plans and develops a more regular operational and staffing structure to take over from the Emergency Response Team.

11.  Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies to appeal for aid for children and women with the special needs resulting from emergency situations requiring effective emergency responses in all sectors. Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes implementing arrangements.  Ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

12. Represents UNICEF in all humanitarian and recovery related forum at the strategic level and keeps management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, strategy, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in partnership.

13. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Prepares sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual workplans, and all related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response. Contributes towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.

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

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines. Preferably with a combination of management, administration, and relevant technical fields.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 3 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
  • Developing country work experience.
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response management.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

Selection Criteria:

  • Experience of working with UNICEF on Emergency coordination/programme management will be given preference.
  • Experience in programme oversight and management of response (Humanitarian Response Plan) and oversight/coordination of grants, personnel, supplies is required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and proven success in facilitating interagency processes in an emergency response; including liaising with Government partners; stakeholders and implementing partners is essential.
  • Experience of coordinating deliverables with interdisciplinary teams is required.
  • Experience in leading cluster coordination; and high frequency reporting (Humanitarian Preparedness Management, sitreps, etc).
  • Experience in resource mobilization (proposals/concept note) and documentation.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF practice areas and emergency planning is an advantage.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/ by June 14 2022.  Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 551565 will be considered.

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For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (II)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (II)
  • Innovates and embraces change (II)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
  • Works collaboratively with others (II)
  • Nurtures, leads, and manages people (II)

To view our competency framework, please visit 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 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.


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.

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