TA - Programme Specialist - Business and Community Resilience (P-3), LAC Regional Office – Panama City

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This is a P-3 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 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-3 contracts and their salaries.

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, a safer world The Business and Community Resilience (BCR) is an approach that aims at engaging with business to protect children from shocks and stresses (environmental, social and environmental or climate-related hazards) by using private sector’s core expertise, operational capacities and networks to address its impact on children, strengthen the resilience of local communities and markets, and enhance the efficiency of humanitarian actions.

The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates more than ever the need to build resilient systems to reduce the negative impact of such crises on people and the economy. This crisis also highlights the interlinkages which exist between each of the stakeholders contributing in building peaceful, prosperous and resilient societies - including people and businesses; and the need to invest in both community and business resilience to reduce the human costs and economic impact in the short- and long-term.

Building community resilience can be done by addressing adverse business impact on children while supporting business and ensuring swift recovery of markets and resumption of community livelihoods.

How can you make a difference? As the Programme Specialist – Business and Community Resilience (TA – P3) for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region, you will provide regional coordination of the BCR initiatives, as well technical support on business engagement in the context of DRR/Resilience and Emergency Preparedness in the three (3) selected countries in LAC (Peru, Guatemala and the Eastern Caribbean). As part of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO), you will lead the coordination of the BCR projects implemented in LAC, including the direct oversight and technical support to the 3 LAC countries implementing BCR; monitoring and evaluation of BCR-related activities and reporting on these processes in the region. In working closely with the Global BCR Coordinator, you will contribute and provide insights in the development of tools and guidance to equip UNICEF LAC Country Offices and colleagues as they engage with business in support of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) /Resilience and Emergency Preparedness. Some of your specific objectives will primarily include but not be limited to:

  • Developing tools and guidance to equip Country Offices - for the use of BCR initiatives countries as well as other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that may want to engage in a similar strategy.
  • Supporting advocacy efforts promoting business engagement in support of DRR/Resilience and Emergency Preparedness and the BCR approach at national (Peru, Guatemala and the Eastern Caribbean area), regional (East Asia and Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean) and at key events (through existing engagement with business networks such as Global Compact Local networks, ICC networks and at regional global events such as Conferences on DRR).
  • Ensuring the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all BCR-related activities implemented in the region.
  • Documenting the different phases of the implementation of the BCR projects and capture good practices and lessons learned.
  • Facilitating engagement of the Regional Emergency, Programmes and Partnerships teams.
  • Promoting the BCR approach at regional level and at key events and contribute in the development of regional business engagement strategies and action plans.
  • Working closely with the Global BCR Coordinator and provide insights and contribute in the development of some tools and guidance to equip UNICEF Country Offices and colleagues as they engage with business in support of DRR/Resilience and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Promoting the BCR approach and support interagency collaboration on business engagement in DRR/Resilience and Emergency Preparedness at regional level.
  • Strengthening the collaboration between UNICEF and UNDP/OCHA on the Connecting Business initiative as well as with UNDRR on the ARISE initiative on business engagement in DRR at the regional level, as well as with other regional mechanisms supporting DRR.

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

  • Master's degree in Business Administration, International Relations, Economic Development, Humanitarian and Development Studies, Social Science, International Development, Political Science, International Relations or other relevant field.

  • Relevant industry training, certification and professional association/ affiliation.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience; including in developing and managing partnerships with business, CSR, Private Foundation or similar, and in humanitarian or development work and/or in brokering and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships for humanitarian / emergency (ideally in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery).
  • Proven experience in managing complex projects involving inter-divisional and external coordination.
  • Hands-on experience in leading innovations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of impact measurement.
  • Experience in writing briefings, donor and budget reports, periodic reporting;
  • Experience in working in or supporting a developing country in humanitarian or development programs, emergency or early recovery situations.
  • Experience in working with international organizations (including UN agencies) and donors in terms of partnership building initiatives on disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery is an asset.
  • Knowledge of current theories and practice in strategic partnerships including mapping, brokering and management, planning and strategy; project management; and communications.
  • Proven ability to develop, lead, and effectively manage relationships with partners and senior staff.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement strategies, plans and guidance related to partnerships.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are

Builds and maintains partnerships; Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; Innovates and embraces change; Drive to achieve results for impact; Manages ambiguity and complexity; Thinks and acts strategically; Works collaboratively with others.

View our competency framework at:


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.


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

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