Emergency Preparedness Officer (for effective and efficient humanitarian action for children)
Application deadline 4 months ago: Wednesday 20 Jul 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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Indonesia sits within the Pacific ‘ring of fire’ – the world’s most disaster-prone area – marked by floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and droughts. According to Indonesia’s disaster management agency BNBP – around 150 million people live in earthquake-prone areas; 60 million in flood-prone areas; 40 million in landslide-prone areas; 4 million in tsunami-prone areas; and 1.1 million living in volcanic eruption prone areas. In 2021 alone, Indonesia recorded over three thousand disaster events that affected or displaced 8 million people, including estimated 2.3 million children.
Children and young people are among the most vulnerable in times of humanitarian crises as they face multiple threats at once. They are often overlooked; their welfare becomes a low priority and their rights are threatened and often violated. Pre-existing problems are exacerbated, new threats emerge, and systems to protect them often fail. Children and young people are hit hardest by disasters and climate change impact, which threaten food security, increase water scarcity, force families from their homes and increase the risk of conflict and public health emergencies. They face loss of livelihoods, disruption of education and access to adequate and safe water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition, child protection services, experience trauma and increased risk of exploitation, abuse and violence. Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and its immediate and long-lasting impact exacerbate a negative impact on children’s wellbeing and development.
In view of existing and emerging threats and risks, it is critical for UNICEF to continue strengthening both internal capacities for emergency preparedness and response (EPR) and those of the key government and partners. It is imperative to support the government and UNICEF EPR planning based on the disaggregated data to be able to plan and implement timely and efficient emergency relief operations at times of crisis. Specific efforts need to be done to expand the humanitarian partnership to cover key areas, such as Health, Education, Nutrition, Child Protection, Social Protection/cash-based assistance in addition to existing Contingency Programme Documents covering WASH. Specific support in bridging humanitarian and development through disaster risk reduction and resilience building, information and knowledge management efforts is critical and remains a priority for the Planning/Emergency team to support and implement.
The UN Volunteer is expected to support the implementation of the key activities related to strengthening emergency preparedness for response, partnership development and capacity strengthening of UNICEF staff and partners, as well data for humanitarian decision making and related information and knowledge management as reflected in the Annual Work Plan (AWP) for 2022.
Under the direct supervision of UNICEF Emergency/DRR Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Support to strengthening/ expanding humanitarian partnerships and EPR capacity development for CSOs: - Contribute to the development of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) partnerships for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) capacity development among gov-ernment implementing partners at national and subnational level, humanitarian CSOs and private sector engaging in support to affected populations. - Support development and implementation of initiatives aiming to strengthen multisec-toral operational capacities of all UNICEF CSO partners for humanitarian action with due consideration of the sectoral and cross-cutting issues (gender, disability, preven-tion of sexual exploitation and abuse, accountability to affected populations, adoles-cent participation and community engagement) as per the UNICEF Core Commit-ments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) and monitor implementation and reporting;
EPR Policy/ programmatic activities: - Contribute to the replication of the Child-Centered Contingency Planning (CCCP) Guidance and related capacity development at sub-national level in coordination with selected Field Offices and Planning/Emergency team. - Contribute to the effective cross-sectoral coordination with Health, Nutrition, Educa-tion, Child Protection, Social Protection and WASH programmes emergency focal points through information/knowledge management tool and resources (e.g. Share-point). - Facilitate/contribute to the finalisation of the Data for Humanitarian Decision Making Platform in close coordination with Data team and consultation with the government stakeholders (BPS, BNPB, Bappenas), UNOCHA, UNFPA and other humanitarian partners. - Support consolidation of UNICEF inputs to the inter-agency emergency prepared-ness, contingency planning, and emergency response efforts by UN HCT and through the national cluster system.
Strengthening internal EPR capacities for effective humanitarian action for children: - Support regular disaster risk monitoring, biannual Risk Analysis and annual Emergen-cy Preparedness Plan/ Platform (EPP) updates in consultation with the Plan-ning/Emergency team and EFPs. - Support the bi-monthly Emergency Focal Points Team (EFPT) and Emergency Man-agement Team (EMT) meetings, including the agenda formulation, risk analysis up-dates, note-taking and follow up on actions agreed with the EFPs. - Maintain/update the EPR folders on the UNICEF Share point for information sharing, consolidation of knowledge, relevant resources on Humanitarian Action, EPR on a regular basis. - Contribute to the EPR capacity development for ICO staff, i.e. contribution to the concept notes of capacity development events/trainings, materials/ppts development and technical/venue arrangements. - Support emergency response during humanitarian situations: drafting Situation Re-ports, briefs, supporting the Humanitarian Performance monitoring and reporting and other tasks as required.
Support to strengthening/ expanding humanitarian partnerships and EPR capacity development for CSOs:
• Draft concept notes, programme documents, action plans for EPR capacity develop-ment, emergency response, and other related initiatives developed.
• Contribution to the mapping of needs/baseline on Accountability of Affected Population and to the development of the AAP training materials for CSO implementing partners en-sured.
• Number of EPR capacity development initiatives for CSO partners, humanitarian front line responders supported.
EPR Policy/ programmatic activities:
• Coordination and information sharing on EPR related activities, and progress, specifically related to the child-centered contingency planning guidance replication at the national and sub-national levels, across all programmes established and operational.
• Technical inputs and support to operationalisation and integration of the Data for Humani-tarian Decision Making platform provided in consultation with the Emergency and Data Teams.
• Consolidation of UNICEF inputs to the inter-agency emergency preparedness, contingen-cy planning, and emergency response efforts by UN HCT and through the national cluster system supported, as required. Strengthening internal EPR capacities for effective humanitarian action for children: • Inputs to the ICO EPR capacity development activities, including to the draft concept notes, agendas, materials provided, venue/technical arrangements in place. • By-monthly risk monitoring updates drafted; bi-annual Risk Analysis (as part of the EPP) updated, support in updating the EPP in Q1 2023 provided, follow up on actions to main-tain/improve minimum preparedness standards supported.
• Number of preparedness/ response EFPT, EMT meeting notes drafted, follow up actions identified/monitored. • Technical support for emergency response in provided, as required. • EPR folders on the UNICEF Share point for information sharing, consolidation of knowledge, relevant resources on Humanitarian Action, EPR maintained and updated on a regular basis.
• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
community work, emergency preparedness and response, human rights, infor-mation/knowledge management, data/information and knowledge management or related fields; • Technical expertise in working with data sources, data analysis and consolidation, digital platforms is required. • Good analytical, organizational, planning and writing skills are required. • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response and pro-gramme implementation is required; • Experience in supporting coordination and facilitation with various groups; previous expe-rience working with civil society, government, UN, private sector initiatives on social im-pact initiatives is an asset. • Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination is a strong asset.
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
-National UN Volunteer Specialist receives approximately IDR 8,237,403.08 as Monthly Living Allowance. -Provided with assignment travel cost and entry lumpsum if applicable. -Enrolled in health, life, disability insurance. -Applicable dependents (primary family unit, up to 3) are eligible for health insurance. -Entitled to annual leave, 2.5 days per month. -Provided with exit lumpsum to support transition at the end of assignment.
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