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For every child, commitment.
Since 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has undergone a dramatic transformation. What was once a middle-income region, where UNICEF was implementing mostly upstream work, has now become the region with the greatest concentration of humanitarian needs in the world with two Level 3 emergencies (Yemen and Syria) and many countries that are facing protracted conflicts as well as civil unrest and/or political transition.
UNICEF response has grown substantially across the country offices (COs) to keep pace with the increasing needs across the Region. The UNICEF COs across MENA, including those mentioned are responding to large humanitarian caseloads, managing large budgets, with significant implications on their reporting responsibilities and MENARO oversight. The scale of the emergencies in MENA demands high volume and quality data/information processing, analysis and subsequently reporting.
Each of the UNICEF COs in the humanitarian affected countries in MENA has a different level of humanitarian management and reporting capacity, so continued robust humanitarian support capacity is required from the MENARO humanitarian section.
This post will be responsible for report drafting and quality assurance, including for humanitarian situation reporting and reporting on UNICEF accountabilities as cluster lead. Donors have increasingly been asking for aggregated results reporting, quality assurance on country office reports and plans including improved and standardized proposals, and visibility to allow for justification of their large funding disbursement. The post will also provide support to quality assurance of donor reporting and funding proposals. The post will reinforce the system to report on humanitarian performance monitoring across the MENA region. The post will also be responsible for support in preparing for management level meetings, including but not limited to developing briefing notes, talking points, presentations, agendas and notes for the record.
The incumbent will work closely, not only with the humanitarian section team members who are country office focal points, but also with Regional Advisors who provide leadership in all programme/technical areas and with the Planning team in the regional office, to ensure consistent approaches are adopted in regards to managing for results across regular programmes and humanitarian situations.
How can you make a difference?
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Lead development, review and quality assurance of UNICEF external and internal humanitarian situation reports (SitReps) and other reports
– Provide quality assurance for humanitarian SitReps across the region as required, including for Iraq, Yemen and Libya and other country offices.
– Lead on the development, revision, quality assurance and consolidation of the periodic MENARO and Syria SitReps.
– Provide inputs to external SitReps and updates including for agencies such as UNHCR and OCHA.
- Support in the development, revision and quality assurance of UNICEF’s CO and RO Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC)
- Lead on the MENARO and Syria crisis HAC development, revision and quality assurance
- Provide support in the development and revision of the CO HACs, including ensuring quality assurance. Liaise with Regional Advisors to ensure a consolidated review of the HAC.
- Support the Humanitarian Planning and Monitoring Specialist in the review of the HAC appeals (PiNS (People in Need), CiNs (Children in Need), targets and budgets), in addition to the review of the same in the Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNOs) / Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs).
- Produce and lead on quality assurance of UNICEF and cluster/sector information products
– Prepare and systematically update UNICEF information materials, including infographics, factsheets, communications Q&As, data tables, human interest stories, and presentations in close collaboration with the Communications section
– Support the UNICEF lead cluster/sector teams in MENARO to develop regular information products.
– Proofread COs’ facts and figures and input humanitarian data in any other communication products/statements as required.
– Supervise development, rollout and maintenance of the humanitarian data depository and ECM and other data platforms.
- Support Resource Mobilization Efforts
– Support the drafting and finalization of donor reports for which MENARO is accountable, including the annual Consolidated Emergency Report and the Humanitarian Action for Children.
– Provide quality assurance for donor proposals, reports and project documents.
- Support MENARO humanitarian section coordination function
- Take notes for the record (NfRs) of humanitarian coordination meetings including the Emergency Management Team (EMT) and regional meetings.
- Support the humanitarian section and the programme sections to compile and analyze reports and data on systems including on eTools and SharePoint.
- Produce and compile internal notes and reports including briefing notes and presentations for internal meetings and high-level external meetings.
- Provide support to and build capacities of country offices
- Work with CO focal points and counterparts to support them with requests related to but not limited to reporting, planning and development of information products
- Provide capacity building remotely or in-house to UNICEF staff within COs on a variety of topics related to but not limited to reporting, planning or information management.
- Travel to COs to provide technical support in house if requested
- Manage and develop capacities of staff under the post’s direct supervision
- Provide staff with clear directions and objectives that are based on organizational strategy and policy.
- Ensure the completion ofperformance evaluation reports of staff under direct supervision
- Ensure each staff member under the post’s supervision has an annual career conversation and learning actions recorded in the development plan.
- Perform any other tasks as required by the supervisor and/or Management.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education:Advanced university degree in social sciences, or related technical field
- Experience:At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in a related field;Excellent writing skills in English; Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and teach skills.
- Language:Fluency in English, and knowledge in Arabic is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. The technical competencies required for this post are…. View our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531171