National consultant – Emergency Officer, Mogadisho


National consultant – Emergency Officer, Mogadishu CSR, Somalia, 6 months (Somali nationals only)

  • Job no: 554597
  • Contract type: Consultant
  • Duty Station: Mogadishu
  • Level: Consultancy
  • Location: Somalia
  • 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.

How can you make a difference?

Scope of Work:
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Emergency Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the consultant will:

1. Provides professional assistance in an analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and risks and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

2. Task description Assists in the formulation of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of contingency plans. Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action.

3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information, collecting, interpreting and analyzing all available data on the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas

4. Assists in organizing and conducting training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff.

Emergency Response:

5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Immediately collects reliable information to verify the nature and extend of the emergency with staff, government officials, other UN agencies or local organizations and media. Follows up to ensure that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance in an emergency, as necessary. Contacts with all UNICEF staff and their dependents and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and promptly informs head of office, supervisor and other emergency staff of their status as required.

6. Assists supervisor with assessment of local emergency and security situation. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers, and the community. Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-àvis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs. Provides input in and contributes toward determining priorities and an appropriate intervention 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 the country office of emergency situations.

7. Participates in Implementing the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Assists in identifying urgent staffing requirements and redeploying country office staff. Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies and monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery. Supports the monitoring and reporting of situation reporting data.

Emergency Project:8. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency project. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Carries out project administration. Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Coordinates with program sections staff and others to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents).

9. Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency experience and contributes towards adoption of best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions.

10. Works with other colleagues to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans. Assists in the preparation of sectoral input for the country programme documents, plan of action, annual work plans, and other related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response. Provides technical input in the preparation of the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme document, as required.

Work Assignment Overview

Weekly field monitor activity plan and reportReportsWeekly
Follow up and support UNICEF integration efforts through MRP, iERTs, RRMs and convergenceReports and follow up tableWeekly
Attend external coordination meetings (e.g S- ICCG) and represent UNICEF- sharing key updates and following up actions with relevant UNICEF staffMeetings and minutes sharedAs needed
Reports on programmatic visits conducted and upload in e-toolsReportsWeekly
Monitors and tracks implementation of follow up actions from field/programmatic visitsFollow-up tableWeekly
Follow-up to ensure consistent flow of information/ data on humanitarian situation in program/ project areas and share data with UNICEF teams.ReportsWeekly
Participate in Needs assessment missions to determine program/ project priorities and appropriate interventions within the context of interagency framework.MissionsAs required
Document and follow-up on timely delivery of humanitarian assistance, supplies and appropriate use of UNICEF resources.ReportsWeekly

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience at the national or international level in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and local language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.


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Consultants are required to have the necessary medical/health insurance valid for the entire duration of contract, including proof of medical evacuation for consultants who are required to travel.

UNICEF only considers Higher education qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

Advertised: 28 Aug 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 04 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time