Internal V.A: Emergency Specialist, P-3, Ft, Nairobi, Kenya, Esaro, Post # 103088 Req# 550827


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, safety

Within the East and South Africa Regional Office, the HARP section follows the 21 countries in preparing for and responding to emergencies related to climate change, armed conflicts, or epidemics.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of the Regional Advisor Emergency, the Emergency Specialist will work as part of the Humanitarian Action, Resilience, and Peace Building (HARP) section to implement an annual work plan and handle information management support of the UNICEF ESARO HARP (Emergency regional team). Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the emergency interventions to ensure the survival and well-being of children and mothers and the affected communities in an emergency situation. The incumbent will also manage information management needs/services related to emergency work in collaboration with sectoral emergency focal points in the regional office, inter-agency partners, and country office staff

The main responsibilities and tasks include:

1. Emergency preparedness is effectively arranged together with the establishment of contingency plans and early warning mechanisms in close collaboration with Country Offices. 

2. Emergency preparedness and response plans address gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies. In addition, supporting countries to update their response plans, preparedness, and contingency actions using tools like EPP, DRIP, and others.

3.  Emergency plans of action are developed, and compliance and coordination of all sectors with the plans are implemented.

4.  Technical advice on emergencies programmes, and information management related to the implementation of emergency preparedness measures are effectively provided.

5. Capacity building plan developed and implemented around data and information management, monitoring and reporting, and preparedness.

6. Substantive improvements are made in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF staff and implementing partners through the conduct of effective training activities.

7. In the event of an emergency, UNICEF's presence is promptly established and the initial emergency operational tasks are effectively executed, including the provision of support for information communication technology, telecommunications facility, and all staff security-related assistance in the country office.

8. Needs assessment is effectively conducted to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF based on the local emergency situation affecting children, their families, and the community.

9. Humanitarian results by country and sectors are monitored on regular basis using tools such as sitreps, regional HPM dashboard and database, bi-lateral country-level discussions, country-level dashboards, and in-country missions. The results should guide more effective decision-making and programming at the country level.

10. Timely analysis and support of regional and country offices in information management, data quality control, and mapping for situation and response analysis. Work closely with country offices, emergency specialists, and regional sectors to analyze and visualize data.

11. Emergency appeals and project proposals are prepared, and concerted efforts are put forward to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.

12. Continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation, and liaison are maintained with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and allies in support of the special needs of children and women affected by emergency situations within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.

13. Management is kept informed of humanitarian developments in relevant policies, situation developments, potential threats, and opportunities/issues in the country.

14. Emergency preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office's workplace.  Sectoral input is provided for all related documents for the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.

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


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

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.

Developing country work experience an asset.

Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.

Proven experience in development and use of innovative technology in the areas of data collection, analysis and reporting required.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are..

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

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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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.