Emergency Specialist, Learning & Development (Humanitarian Action), P-4, Office of Emergency Operations (EMOPS) New York

New York City | Washington D.C

Purpose of the Position
A Learning and Development Officer for Humanitarian Action (P4) is required to support EMOPS to implement UNICEF’s humanitarian learning and development strategy, framework and learning priorities over 2016-17. There have been a number of learning initiatives developed and delivered regionally and at HQ for staff in UNICEF’s country offices. The learning demands arising from the recent surge in emergencies that UNICEF has responded to over the past five years and the changes in policies, guidance and global operating landscape faced by staff, has meant however that a significant updating of existing programmes, and identification and development of new learning interventions and packages is required to meet staff learning needs.

Core priorities for 2016-17 include the following:
•Review and update of a field based humanitarian action: emergency preparedness and response programme
•Development of a field based emergency response essentials learning programme
•Development and implementation of humanitarian leadership learning for senior managers (and emerging leaders)
•Development and implementation of distant learning opportunities in regards to humanitarian action fundamentals (five core areas for 2016; ten core areas for 2017) for all staff
•Emergency preparedness and response simulation training for senior surge team members
•Implementation of field based humanitarian action learning in regards to risk informed programming and resilience, disaster risk reduction and peacebuilding
•Supporting mainstreaming of humanitarian action learning into generic mandatory learning programmes for UNICEF staff and sector specific learning programmes

Under the general guidance of the Manager, Learning and Development (Humanitarian Action), and in active partnership with EMOPS and other HQ divisions, sections/units as well as Regional, and Country Offices, the Division of Human Resources, and other UN agencies and partners, the incumbent will be responsible for revising, updating, pilot testing and designing existing field based humanitarian action learning programmes (specifically, face to face emergency preparedness and response, and emergency response essentials learning packages) that will be delivered by Regional Offices to UNICEF country offices, including for and with inter-agency and other partners as required. The incumbent will also provide design, facilitation and implementation support to the development of priority distance learning products, simulations and other humanitarian learning priorities as required.

Key Expected Results
1.Review all existing and related learning packages for humanitarian action ( emergency preparedness and response) currently used by UNICEF regional offices and for UNICEF standby partners; and through review of new policies, procedures and guidelines and close consultation with regional offices (and through them country offices) and HQ divisions, update, harmonize and design (i) emergency preparedness and response learning package; and (ii) emergency response essentials learning package for delivery by Regional Offices to Country Offices.

2.Support the piloting of the updated learning packages with identified Regional Offices and make any further adjustments as required.

3.Coordinate closely in all development work with Regional Offices (regional emergency advisors and their teams), other sections of EMOPs office in Geneva and New York, in particular, the Humanitarian Policy Section and Cluster Coordination Unit, the Humanitarian Action and Transitions Section (HATIS), Division of Human Resources and Emergency focal points in the Programme Division.

4.Ensure that learning programmes take into consideration other inter-agency and other humanitarian learning initiatives and programmes and seek out opportunities to partner with other organizations and utilize latest learning tools, technologies and methodologies.

5.Contribute to the development of content for core priority distance learning products and interventions that focus on fundamentals of humanitarian action (Introduction to humanitarian action; Frameworks and principles; Transformative Agenda, coordination and cluster approach; Preparedness; and, Response) and use a range of methodologies such as webinar, online learning, case study and good practice discussion.

6.Participate in the design, development, updating and facilitation of other humanitarian learning events and products within the humanitarian learning strategy including emergency response simulations, as required.

7.Support regional and country offices to monitor and evaluate the application of learning in the workplace and on performance.

8.Promote the use of and ensure humanitarian learning is accessible through UNICEF’s learning management system (AGORA).

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

-An advanced university degree (Master's) in, organizational development, International relations, international development, business administration, human resource management, education, humanitarian affairs, public and social policy or related field(s) is required.
-A minimum of five (8) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the area of humanitarian action, emergency preparedness and response, and project management including experience in organizational and staff learning and development in the context of humanitarian action.
-Prior experience in designing, developing and facilitating learning and training curriculum (participant and facilitator material) and/or inter-agency simulation exercises in the area of humanitarian action, in particular emergency preparedness and response is required.
-Familiarity with and field experience in emergency preparedness planning and response at agency and/or inter-agency level.
-Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) is considered an asset.

Technical Knowledge of Successful Candidate

-Knowledge of the UN and UNICEF’s system’s policies and procedures, including humanitarian response mechanisms
-Knowledge of the UN Transformative Agenda and the Cluster approach
-Strong knowledge of learning and training methodology, course design and evaluation
-Capacity to lead and facilitate learning and training events and deliver learning content

Competencies of Successful Candidate

-Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking
-Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget
-Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment
-Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources
-Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization
-Sets clearly defined objectives and plans activities for self and project team
-Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives
-Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear


This is a temporary assignment with funds available for 11 months.
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 the organization.

Qualified and interested applicants may send applications to gtuan@unicef.org by the deadline of 22 January 2016, 6:00 pm NY time by quoting "EMOPS P4 TA Emergency Specialist, Learning & Development (Humanitarian Action)" in e-mail subject line. Kindly include a cover letter, CV, and signed UN Personal History Form or P11 form, available at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc .
Please note that acknowledgement of application will be extended only to short-listed candidates.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-22

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