Readvertisement - Programme Specialist (Risk & Resilience), NOC (TA), Bhubaneshwar Post # 118648 (This vacancy is open for Indian Nationals only)

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This is a NO-3 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-3 contracts.

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!

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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference.

In Odisha, UNICEF has set out disaster-risk reduction, climate change and social cohesion as a strategic priority and have been working closely with the government and its partners on risk-informed programming to strengthen the resilience of children and reduce disruptions in the delivery of services, thereby minimizing the impact of disasters. Particularly, UNICEF is working towards strengthening the capacities of state disaster management authorities, key government departments and institutions as well as building community capacities, including children, and adolescents to lead disaster risk reductions. The systematic investment in three phases of disasters, preparedness, response, and recovery, with a focus on achieving the rights of children in accordance with the Core Commitment for Children, has helped in demonstrating significant return on investment.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Adopts adequate emergency preparedness measures through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms, to ensure effective preparedness and response to specific emergencies.

2. Participates in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, 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 technical advice related to emergency preparedness and response, including on programme management related issues. Provides advice to the country office in the implementation of emergency preparedness measures in the field to strengthen 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 emergency preparedness and response management. 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. Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Assists in developing and conducting emergency training courses. Provides training and/or briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, and builds up the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff as well as implementing partners.

6. In the event of an emergency, takes prompt action as a 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. Immediately verifies the nature and extent of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media. Ensures that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in an emergency, as necessary. In coordination with the programme and operations groups, establishes contact with all UNICEF staff, their dependents and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and informs OPSCEN and the Regional Director of their status.

7. Participates and assists with assessment of local emergency and security situation affecting children and mothers in the locality, in conjunction with the Regional Office, the HQ Divisions, and field staff. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children and its impact on the community. Assesses the validity of the office preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs. Determines corporate priorities and an appropriate intervention (supply procurement, fund-raising and staff development) 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 abreast of emergency situations.

8. Applies the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary, and identifies urgent staffing requirements and redeploys country office staff as required. Executes the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies, monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources/inputs. Identifies problems and constraints in order to ensure effective project delivery. Certifies the disbursement of funds, monitors expenditures and submits financial status reports. Sets up a reporting system and sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.

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


  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, international law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines. Preferably a combination of management, administration, and relevant technical fields.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of five years’ relevant work experience at the state or national level in programme/ project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration
  • Relevant practical experience in managing projects related to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation or resilience building
  • Demonstrable skills in training, development of guidance and tools as well as adult learning methods with training experience in disaster risk reduction and/or emergency response management highly desirable
  • Good knowledge of DRR policy and practice, fragility and peacebuilding, socio-economic effects of climate change, and/or risk assessment and analysis.
  • Knowledge and understanding of programme cycle management.
  • Excellent communication, incl. networking skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines, handle competing demands, and take initiatives
  • Proven ability to work in a team and multi-cultural environment, with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to development work xii. 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

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

View our competency framework here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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. 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.

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


  • This is a re-advertisement, applicants who have applied earlier, need not re-apply. Their previous application will be considered.
  • This position is based in Bhubaneshwar (India).
  • Selected applicant will have a 364 days Temporary Appointment contract.
  • 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 non-smoking working environment.

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