Emergency Officer (Standby Arrangements), P2, Geneva, IA&HP/EMOPS, 6 months

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This is a P-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 101,022 USD and 137,213 USD.

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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.

For every child, Hope

The job is under the Inter-Agency and Humanitarian Partnerships(IA&HP) Section (Geneva) of the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS): The IA&HP works to strengthen the contribution of UNICEF and EMOPS to fostering effective alliances and relationships with UN agencies, IASC processes, and advocates with Member States on behalf children in humanitarian situations and how member states can do to preserve and protect their rights The section also monitors trends and events in the Geneva humanitarian environment, promotes UNICEF positions and provides substantive comments in relevant humanitarian fora. The IA&HP also builds operational relationships with NGOS and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements. Cooperation is fostered through regular consultations with these partners and engagement on substantive issues in order to bring our work closer to children, enhance engagement with frontline responders and enhance operational work on child protection issues requiring special attention, including working with children with disabilities, the provision of psychosocial support and other areas. The Emergency Officer will work particularly on the standby partner portfolio which provides in-kind expertise for UNICEF operations in emergencies.

How can you make a difference?


With the Emergency Specialist, Standby Arrangements, the Emergency Officer will serve as the global focal point for emergency standby capacity requests, nominations, and selections. With the Global Cluster Coordination Unit, the Emergency Officer manages the recording and reporting of Rapid Response Team/Field Support Team(RRT/FST) deployments; oversees the pre-deployment and logistics of standby deployees and RRT/FST members deploying to UNICEF offices, as well as extensions and post mission performance evaluation. The Emergency Officer also provides analysis and strategic reporting on UNICEF emergency standby capacity response. The Emergency Officer is tasked to strengthen knowledge management and data to support the development of more effective partnerships, measure and evidence results, and advocate for improvements to deployment practices through close collaboration with DHR. The Emergency Officer also represents the Section in trainings and is a key interlocutor with partners. The Emergency Officer supports partnership development and expansion, as well as ensuring standby management processes are fit for purpose.


Standby Deployments

  • Daily management of standby deployments by conducting and overseeing the related activities (field and record requests, review ToRs, receiving and screening of candidates for quality of nominations and in line with UNICEF’s PALs clearance process, liaison with COs and partner agencies, etc.) (approx. 250-350 per year).
  • Daily management of RRT/FST requests, recording and reporting and liaison with GCCU on deployment decisions (approx. 60-80 per year).
  • Monitor the pre-deployment of deployees and oversee all pre-deployment (travel, medical, security, visa, code of conduct and arrival details) procedures with the CO and deploying partner agency (approx. 200-250 per year).
  • Ensure extension requests are in line with the mandate of standby arrangements, support Country Offices to prepare justifications and PERs and liaise with the deploying partner on extensions (approx. 60-80 per year).
  • Manage queries from Country Offices on Standby Arrangements, including use of surge modalities, UNICEF obligations on security, logistics and administration.
  • Manage fast-track UNV request and nomination process.
  • Liaise and coordinate with DHR and ROs on emergency surge deployments, specifically updating the Surge Tracking Systems for all Level 2 and Level 3 responses weekly/bi-weekly.
  • Closely engage with Standby Partners and advocate for support and support partnership expansion.
  • Participate in and represent UNICEF in Standby Partner Network meetings and related working groups consisting of deploying partners, UN agencies, and donors as required
  • Act as a key interlocutor with partners.


  • Ensure compliance with performance monitoring by monitoring and tracking deployee PERs (approx. 200-250 per year).
  • Maintain the UNICEF External Surge Dashboard, manage its rollout to new partners/UNICEF staff as needed, and create customised dashboards for particular divisions/responses as needed (e.g. GCCU RRT/FST dashboard).
  • Complete yearly survey of deployees, analyze and publish results, including individual feedback to Standby Partners and Country Offices
  • Complete Mid-Year Report on Standby Arrangements including trend analysis, developments of program, partnership analysis and prepare presentation to Standby Partners
  • Ensure consistent and accurate data collection for established key indicators for monitoring the standby program.

Program Development and Partnerships

  • With ITCD and DHR, collaborate on the internal management and measurement of surge and in particular developments in surge management software and platforms.
  • Develop case studies and communication materials to highlight the work of deployees and standby partners for the Annual Report.
  • Systematically screen and analyse internal information and communication material for the purpose of distribution to partners.
  • Maintain current briefing notes and response dashboards as needed for major Standby Partners and assist to coordinate Standby Partner monitoring visits.
  • Support the Manager Humanitarian Partnerships and the Emergency Specialist, Standby Arrangements with evidence-based analysis to demonstrate gaps, highlight trends and present the resulting findings to Standby Partners to advocate for future surge needs.
  • Support the Manager Humanitarian Partnerships and the Emergency Specialist, Standby Arrangements in preparation of materials for new partnership negotiations.


  • Represent the Section in training and act as a key resource person as well as providing support on learning and development processes

  • Performs any other duties and responsibilities appropriate to the purpose of this post, as assigned by the supervisor.

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

  • A university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the disciplines relevant to the following areas: social work, social welfare, social policy/protection, sociology, political science or another field relevant to international child protection-related development / humanitarian action
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in international professional work experience in UN development / humanitarian organisations, other international development/humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation organization and/or the IFRC/ICRC. Experience coordinating human resources, surge rosters or operations required. Experience working with surge management software required. Skills in Salesforce, Power BI and strong Excel skills an advantage. Experience working in countries in crisis for UN or IFRC/NGO organizations an advantage.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

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)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Added 4 months ago - Updated 3 months ago - Source: unicef.org