Emergency Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Haiti



Emergency Specialist

Emergency Specialist (Access), (P-3), Fixed Term, Port-au-Prince, Haiti #123895
Job no: 562059
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Port-au-Prince
Level: P-3
Location: Haiti
Categories: Emergency

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,

Medium sized office with a full Emergency Programme component of the Country Program located in the capital city (Port-au-Prince), to have close proximity to government partners, and sustain humanitarian access capacity. This position will strengthen the Haiti CO’s Humanitarian Access capacity within the Emergency Team and enhance retention. The position supports the implementation of the UNICEF/Haiti over $100M HAC appeal response with a large number in areas affected by armed group violence.

How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief Emergency, establishes and implements country office access strategies for emergency preparedness and response. Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the access and
engagement strategies to allow for emergency interventions to ensure the survival and wellbeing of children and mothers, and the affected communities in an emergency situation.

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Emergency Preparedness (Access)

  • Adopts adequate emergency preparedness access measures through the development and updating of country contingency plans to include access and engagement actions, including promoting community engagement activities, and establishment of community early warning mechanisms, to ensure effective preparedness on access and engagement to allow for response to specific emergencies.
  • Participates in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, monitors compliance of all sectors with access and engagement strategies, emergency plans of action, including financial resources.
  • Provides technical advice on access as related to emergency preparedness and response in armed group-controlled areas, including on programme management related issues. Provides advice to the country office in the implementation of emergency preparedness access and engagement measures in the field to strengthen preparedness and response mechanisms in the country faced with impending emergencies.
  • Work with colleagues to pro-actively seek out unaccessed and un-assessed populations, paying particular attention to ensuring that targeted populations reflect humanitarian impartiality and neutrality; rather than any adverse distinction,
    or agendas of a political or military nature.
  • Develops and maintains access systems, maps, databases on country/regional information, and ensure the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness and response management.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff capacity building in access, engagement, humanitarian principles 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.

Emergency Response (Access)

  • 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 extend of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media.
  • Participates and assists with assessment of local emergency, access 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.
  • Support inter-sectoral coordination and regular exchange of knowledge among sections on access negotiation, and coordination issues, including ensuring the smooth and transparent channel of information on engagement with Non-state actors on regular basis.
  • Applies the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary, and identifies urgent staffing requirements and redeploys country office staff as required. Sets up a reporting system and sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.

Emergency Project (Access)

  • Participates as access lead focal point to key meetings, notably the internal access technical team (ATT), ‘Groupe Technique Urgences (GTU)’ and other emergency-related fora.
  • Provides technical assistance in the form of humanitarian access negotiations, including through engagement with non-state actors to allow for the coordination and delivery of UNICEF programmes. Including by ensuring the provision and availability of necessary access related analysis (e.g. SitAN, SWOT, etc.) on Haiti – conflict dynamics to inform the Chief of Emergency of risk factors, political sensitives, conflict dynamics and other contextual or operational factors necessary to ensure a solid and common ground for design and implementation of operations and programmatic interventions across sectors.
  • Develops clear access, negotiation and coordination guidance and strategy / framework for the CO, including sector specific guidance that is risk informed; and support the development of access-related position papers, briefing notes, official statements, key messages, and internal/external reports, advocacy papers, etc. for Senior Management
  • Provides guidance on advocacy to strengthen access and development of key messages and recommendations to address access challenges as they relate to UNICEF programmes.
  • Provide support to and coordinate access work with the UN Humanitarian Access Working Group (UNAWG) in Haiti as UNICEF focal point in the UNAWG representing UNICEF’s mandate for children, including advocating for resource mobilization and positioning, if needed. Provides inputs, and coordinate UNICEF engagement with the rest of the UN Agencies Funds and Programmes (AFPs) and sector partners.
  • Supports the UNAWG in facilitating access, including through engagement with non-state actors where necessary for UN Agencies Funds and Programmes (AFPs) and sector partners. Works alongside partners to help them identify access gaps and overcome constraints, playing a direct role in resolving constraints when useful
  • Contribute to and regularly share analysis, and access data as collected by the joint data collection system, according to judgement on level confidentiality required.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Advanced University degree (Master) in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, sociology, anthropology psychology, political science, negotiation, strategic management, 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.
  • A minimum of 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.
  • Specialized training or experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
  • Experience in negotiations with armed groups/non-state actors required.
  • The job requires excellent communication, negotiation, and other human relations skills, as well as effective strong leadership and decision making competency in the complex working environment dealing with other UN agencies, governmental officials, NGO counterparts, donors and other important partners.
    Fluency in French, English and Creole is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic,
  • Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  1.  Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Drive to achieve results for impact
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5.  Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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 are also 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.

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

Advertised: 22 May 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 28 May 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

To apply for this job please visit jobs.unicef.org.