Programme Officer (DRR), NOB (Fixed Term), Bhubaneshwar, India, South Asia Regional (SAR), Post no. 115088

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Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Field Office, with technical guidance and support from the Program Manager, and overall guidance of the Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction Section, the incumbent thus assists with risk informing State programmes, focusing on most urgent needs of vulnerable children to make them, their communities and social delivery systems more resilient against natural and man-made hazards, and supporting the preparedness for, and responses to, new emergencies.

The position will be situated in the UNICEF State Office for Odisha (Bhubaneshwar duty station) and will also cover West Bengal state.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Serves as UNICEF State Office’s focal point for risk informed programming, DRR, resilience building, climate change and emergency management and contributes to the Country Office Emergency Preparedness Plan and Situation Analyses.
  • Refines and maintains an updated Child centered disaster risk profile and monitors disaster impact on children and critical social service delivery systems.
  • Promotes and facilitates a child centered disaster risk reduction governance system (integration of child centered DRR in State Government Disaster Management and sector strategies, plans and coordination mechanisms at all levels).
  • Provides technical support to UNICEF sector colleagues and State Government to risk inform sector development policies and programmes to reduce child deprivations (focus on education, WASH, health, nutrition, child protection, social protection). In this regard, ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the State Office's work plans.
  • Identifies platforms and supports them to empower children and adolescents as agents of change.
  • Help leads UNICEF preparedness and response action (in collaboration with State Government, Inter-Agency Group of NGOs and other partners).
  • Engages in partnership building and evidence generation as well as knowledge management, advocacy and communication, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

Major duties and responsibilities:


  • Assumes responsibility for development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting on specific UNICEF DRR programme interventions in the State.
  • Supports the development, implementation and review of risk-informed general and sector specific Disaster Management and climate change strategies and plans at State, district, Gram Panchayat and village level.
  • Assists in development of information, education and communication strategies and materials.
  • Liaises with other staff (WASH, Education, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Advocacy & Communication, Communication for Development, Social Protection/PPE) to risk inform their programmes by inclusion of related programmatic interventions.


  • Provides technical support to develop a system to track and monitor disaggregated disaster risk and loss data to assess the impact of disasters on children.
  • Represents UNICEF in meetings and joint initiatives implemented by Government, Inter-Agency Group of NGOs and other partners and contributes to joint DRR initiatives and response and recovery following disasters.
  • Provides technical support to the State Disaster Management Authority, the Relief Commissioner Organisation and other line Departments, as well as other relevant authorities, in particular at division/ district level, to promote and facilitate child-centered DRR through demonstrating and scaling up of innovative DRR techniques, interventions and approaches, aimed at enhancing partnership and resilience, with special focus on UNICEF-assisted most at risk geographical areas and populations.
  • Based on the DRR Theory of Change/ Conceptual Framework, periodically initiates district, divisional and state level identification, analysis and prioritization of gaps and bottlenecks for sustainable delivery and effective utilization of DRR services.
  • Leads preparation of the Annual UNICEF State Office Emergency Preparedness Plan.
  • Monitors and provides timely analysis on risks and disaster impact on children in emergencies through SitReps and other means, promoting and facilitating the respect of the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Situations (CCCs) and other standards to respect humanitarian principles.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners at all levels to discuss operational and implementation issues, recommend solutions and/or alert officials and other stakeholders for required interventions and/or decisions.
  • Keeps record of reports and assessments, including to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • (In collaboration with programme colleagues) Proactively provides evidence-based technical inputs to Government and partners in the development of advocacy and social transformative communication strategies and materials.


  • Builds and sustains effective partnerships with DRR sector government counterparts, as well as child centred NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Contributes to effective communication between Government counterparts, Field Office and DRR Section Delhi and DRR Focal points in other states to improve programme results.
  • Proactively contributes to the UNICEF India Country Office DRR network to strengthen it.


  • Analyses financial and programme reports to ensure quality and compliance with UNICEF procedures.
  • Prepares regular/mandated program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
  • Organizes and participates in various coordination meetings.
  • Participates in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts as required.
  • Undertakes field visits.


  • Prepares or contributes to various internal and external child centered DRR and -resilience related capacity building activities, as well as support preparation of training curricula.
  • Contributes to the documentation and dissemination of good practices (including innovations).
  • Organizes inter-district, intra-and inter-state learning visits. Participates in joint field visits and special events to promote approaches demonstrated in UNICEF-assisted geographical areas.
  • Help leads research relevant to understand vulnerability, shocks and stresses including climate change impact.
  • (In partnership with other programme staff) Prepares child centered risk analyses and keeps them updated to improve understanding of the multi-dimensional adverse effects (impact) of natural and man-made hazards and disasters, including those linked to climate change.


  • Effectively utilizes organizational training and learning opportunities to keep abreast with technical developments in the sector and to enhance professional development.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • University degree from a recognized University in any of the following disciplines: social sciences, disaster risk management, civil engineering, earth sciences, agriculture, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, WASH, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
  • Minimum of two years’ relevant work experience at the state or national level in programme/ project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration is required.
  • Relevant practical experience in managing projects related to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation or resilience building is an asset.
  • Past experience of working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of other Indian or another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values (Required):

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Competency Areas (Level 1):

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Demonstrates Self and Ethical Awareness
  • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results
  • Innovates and Embraces Changes
  • Works Collaboratively with Others
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically

  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity

View our 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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


  • This position is based in Bhubaneshwar (India).
  • Selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a nonsmoking working environment.

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