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Emergency Officer

Duty Station: Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Last date - 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the supervision of the Chief State Office with technical guidance from Emergency Section in Delhi, the Emergency Officer will be responsible for supporting activities related to management and coordination of humanitarian projects including implementation of ProtectiveEnvironment Framework in civil strife affected areas in Chhattisgarh, particularly in Bastar division.

In collaboration with UNICEF Delhi and the state offices, as well as relevant government departments and other partners, the incumbent will guide the designs of  disaster risk reduction and emergency response strategies in State of Chhattisgarh.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1. Under the leadership of the Chief, State Office and technical inputs from section, support the overall implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction strategy and projects in the State and more particularly in the civil strife affected districts in Bastar division.     

2. Support in management of ECHO funded humanitarian assistance programme programme including donor reporting. Supports the CFO on carrying on  out advocacy work with   policy makers  and other key stakeholders; develops partnerships with  Government and NGO/ civil society organizations; Contributes to enhancing UNICEF’s disaster risk reduction and response capacity state-wide to prepare for and respond to emergencies; supports increased community participation in emergency preparedness and response; facilitates an appropriate and comprehensive situation assessment in relation to  risk profile of various districts and state as whole.

3. Provide technical support to State office in emergency assessment, preparation of response and monitoring plans during any crisis situation in collaboration with other programme Sector colleagues. Undertakes risk analysis on evolving conflict situation and formulates situational analysis reports and plans of action in preparation and response to emergency. 

Undertakes field visits to UNICEF project sites for the participation in, or observation of project activities and local conditions. Monitors and evaluates activities on the basis of applied research and frequent visits to project sites in different states related to ongoing emergency preparedness and response programmes; Supports CFO on potential opportunities for dialogue and communication with interlocutors and non-state actors and other stakeholders.

Collects and assembles data and background information with regard to programmes/projects and provides updated information on programme/project financial and administrative status for analysis and report purposes.  Analyzes programme/project status and recommends appropriate adjustments.  Prepares tables, graphs or other statistical data for technical review/monitoring purposes.

Provide necessary support during emergencies related to civil strife for carrying out relief operation such as Planning of response operations, distribution of relief supplies, activate monitoring mechanisms, set up coordination systems/mechanisms, manage programme implementation and ensure reviews/evaluations undertaken. 

4. Coordinate with UNICEF specialists and consultants based in Raipur to ensure that all planned activities are implemented as per Core Commitment for Children (CCC) and comply with the standards and best practice.  Enable sharing of relevant information between States/sections for the purpose of monitoring, programme adjustment and coordination across sectors where necessary.

5. In collaboration with the emergency section, Delhi, support in the development of proposals and preparation of donor reports. Drafts programme budgets, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of coding in accordance with PIDB system. Drafts and issues updated status reports. Also supports the state office in the capacity building of partners for emergency preparedness programmes.

Qualifications & Competencies

A) Education

University degree, preferably in social sciences; disaster management, rural development, public administration, public health and nutrition. Post graduate specialisation will be viewed as additional advantage.

b) Work Experience

At least two year’s professional work experience in project design, administration, implementation, including data collection and analysis. Previous work experience with community-based projects and conflict sensitive programme planning for humanitarian action would be highly desirable. 

c) Languages

Fluency in English & Hindi required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

d) Competency Profile 

i)  Core Values (Required)
• Commitment  
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

• Communication  [I] 
• Working with People  [II]
• Drive for Results  [II]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

• Persuading and Influencing   [II]
• Applying Technical Expertise [II]
• Planning and Organizing   [I]
• Adapting and Responding to Change  [II]
• Coping with Pressure and Setbacks   [II]
 iv) Technical Knowledge     

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

• UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
• Knowledge of global humanitarian issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
• Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality. 
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

• The UNICEF mission statement; UNICEF Board policy papers and decisions.
• The Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies.
• The Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women.
• EMOPS Technical Notes, EMOPS Emergency Field Book.
• UNICEF Program Manuals, policy guidelines, ExDirs, PROs; Country Programme documentation.
• UNICEF personnel, financial, supply and administrative rules, regulations and manuals. 
• National development plans and policies; Guidelines and manuals from NGO/donor partners
• Annual work plan.  
• UNDAF; The UN Humanitarian Reform; IASC documents, guidelines and materials on UN Humanitarian Reform and the cluster approach.
• Information & Communications Technology literacy, including skills and knowledge of office system applications, LAN, internet navigation, telecommunications, and data analysis.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

• Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
• UN security operations and guidelines.
• UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian/emergency issues and response. 
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions in international developing cooperation.
• Knowledge of the latest developments and trends in emergency preparedness and response management related fields.

c) Other skills and attributes:

• Ability to effectively interact and work with communities and local NGOs/CBOs. Analytical and conceptual ability; communication skills.
• Demonstrated skills in documentation, such as proposal writing, activity report, donor reports, etc.
• Planning and monitoring skills; ability to organize work & projects.
• Proven ability to plan and organize work independently.
• Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions.
• Practical experience in financial reporting and prudence in handling project finances. Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
• Commitment to continuous learning for professional development.
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

 Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to devpro@pmsind.co.in by 15 August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.



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