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UNICEF in Emergencies & Humanitarian Action

UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS)

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UNICEF-supported outpatient nutrition centre in Khaung Doke Khar camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

The Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) is the focal point for emergency preparedness and response, humanitarian policies, staff security and support to UNICEF's regional and country offices, as well as strategic coordination with external humanitarian partners both within and outside the United Nations system. EMOPS leads efforts to ensure that UNICEF’s role in humanitarian crises is clearly defined, that the organisation is properly equipped to fulfill that role, and that all levels of the organization are prepared to ensure the rights of all children including those affected by humanitarian crises.  The division also coordinates headquarters support to country and regional offices dealing with emergencies. HQ divisions, along with EMOPS, provide the core infrastructure to support field preparedness and response to save lives, protect rights, reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and conflicts, support global and country coordination mechanisms, promote humanitarian partnerships and ensure the safety of personnel and assets.

In addition, EMOPS manages UNICEF’s Operations Centre (OPSCEN) which is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week information gathering and dissemination hub. OPSCEN monitors humanitarian crises, political events and security-related incidents around the world with a view to ensuring the safety of staff and providing both field offices and senior decision-makers with critical information related to humanitarian emergencies.

The division is located in both New York and Geneva, which allows for systematic and strategic engagement with humanitarian partners and sister United Nations agencies.



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