Emergency Officer, NOB, Aleppo, Syria

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

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Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the Chief of the Aleppo Field Office (CFO), the Emergency Officer will be responsible for the planning and preparedness for emergency response including pre-positioning of supplies, coordination of emergency response and, facilitation of UNICEF’s supported programmes in Aleppo and North West Syria through needs assessment, partners mapping and capacity building in addition to monitoring of UNICEF’s supported programmes and reporting to the CFO.


  1. Timely and thorough analysis to identify emergency prone situations and contribute to early warning and enhancing emergency preparedness.
  2. Have responsibility for arranging and facilitating inter-sectoral assistance in the required area of work, including hard to reach areas.
  3. Support the development and use of assessment and monitoring tools that are suitable for the projects assisted by UNICEF and prepare bi-weekly updates on the Aleppo Field Office interventions.
  4. Follow up the progress of implementation with partner agencies and organizations and to feed into the monitoring and verification system.
  5. Actively participate to the interagency coordination at Field Office Level (including UN agencies, ICRC, SARC, national and international NGOs and other Charity Organizations active in the Governorate) and liaise with national authorities’ local structures.
  6. Coordinate a capacity mapping of all current and potential actors, such as: government, national and international organizations as well as national institutions and support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the local authorities and civil society.
  7. In the event of an emergency, provide prompt support to execute the initial operational tasks by collecting accurate information on the nature and scope of the emergency, ensuring effective programme staff coordination and security assistance, and promptly responding in the emergency in an efficient and effective manner while reporting the status as required
  8. Ensure that UNICEF activities are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards and relevant UN and Host Government human rights legal obligations.
  9. Ensure logistic and flow of supply in the covered areas in UNICEF’s humanitarian programme, including advising on the prepositioning of emergency supply in the framework of response and contingency planning.
  10. Promote emergency preparedness, support the response and the development and implementation of contingency planning.
  11. Ensure full integration of the IASC’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed.
  12. Respond to requests for information and reports by Chief Field Operations and coordinate the response for such requests within the Aleppo Field Office.
  13. Train staff on emergency preparedness and response to enhance the overall capacity of the office.
  14. Support sectors’ members in responding to needs and filling gaps.
  15. Other tasks as may be requested by the CFO.


Emergency Preparedness

1. Provides professional assistance in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

2. Assists in the formulation of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of contingency plans. Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action.

3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information. Collects, interprets and analyses all available data on the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the emergency operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency measures. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas

4. Assists in organizing and conducting staff training for the office’s capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff.

Emergency Response

5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Immediately collects reliable information to verify the nature and extend of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media. Follows up to ensure that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in an emergency, as necessary. Contacts with all UNICEF staff and their dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and promptly informs head of office, supervisor and other emergency staff of their status as required.

6. Assists CFO by providing assessments of local emergency and security situation. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers and the community. Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs. Provides input in and contributes toward determining priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Coordinates with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, media and other partners to keep the country office of emergency situations.

7. Participates in Implementing the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies, and monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery. Sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.

Emergency Project

8. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency project. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Carries out project administration. Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Coordinates with program staff in Aleppo Field Office and others to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents) if and when needed.

9. Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF's emergency operations experience and contributes towards adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency intervention/operations.

10. Works with other colleagues to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's workplans. Assists in the preparation of sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and other related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.

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

  • University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
  • Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO). Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic are required. Knowledge of another official UN language ( Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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.


This VA is open to Internal and External Staff.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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

Contract Duration: Two Years, Fixed Term Appointment.

Added 11 months ago - Updated 9 months ago - Source: unicef.org