Chief Field Office, (P5), Fixed-Term, Mekelle (Tigray Response), Ethiopia Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ETCAREERS.COM
Country: Ethiopia
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 3 Jan 2022

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, *a chance*

The Chief Field Office (CFO) oversees the region of Tigray which has recently suffered from a severe conflict between the former regional government forces of Tigray (TPLF) and the federal government. The conflict now considered a crisis has seen the displacement of over 1.6million IDPs, including 722,000 children. There are significant needs across Child Protection, WASH, Nutrition, Education, and Health. Adding to this crisis is still the lack of access to large swaths of the region with barriers coming from all sides of the conflict.

UNICEF has significantly increased overall resources and response to the crisis supporting and in many cases leading response efforts across our key mandated areas. Through 15 NGO partnes UNICEF is targetting its most vulnerable populations through Mobile Health and Nutrition teams (MHNT), establishing temporary learning centres, Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) and Child Protection. UNICEF is also leading clusters across Education, WASH, Nutrition, and Child Protection.

The field office will be the biggest field office for UNICEF in Ethiopia in terms of staff numbers where we will see an HR scale up plan to over 70 staff and with an ongoing response plan now at 50millionUSD. The CFO would lead the response, inspire the field office team to reach children, and be UNICEF’s voice on the ground in the region.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

  1. Under the supervision of the Chief Field Operations and Emergency, plan and manage the implementation of the UNICEF response plan - specific requirements to improve the situation of women and children through the pursuit of organizational goals and priorities as they apply to the country's and region’s humanitarian programme, needs and priorities.
  2. Responsible for the management of human and financial resources in the sub-office in support of the Country Offices’ CPD and more immediately the HAC.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Programme Development & Monitoring

Monitor the Situation -- Develop and maintain a sound knowledge and understanding of the national and regional economic, social and political situation in order to assess impact on the situation of and programmes for children and to identify needs and opportunities.
Humanitarian Programme Implementation -- In collaboration with relevant sections of the Country Office, plan, coordinate and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF humanitarian response plan and where possible the wider development programming.
Technical Assistance – Provide to government and NGO partners technical support on situation analysis, policy, plan/programme/project formulation, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
Monitoring - Organize and participate in the regular monitoring of UNICEF cooperation in the province through programme/project review, field visits, inspection of supplies, and review of reports, accounts and outputs.
Reporting – Lead on SitRep reporting on a weekly basis with support from your team and relevant sections of the Country Office, prepare or contribute to the annual report, donor reports and special reports, covering programme implementation, cash operations, personnel, special problems.
Emergencies -- Follow up immediately on all reports of emergency situations which may have impact on the situation of children and women. Undertake fact- finding, consult with all stakeholder and ensure immediate reporting and information to the main office in Addis Ababa.

2. Team Leadership and Management
Team Leadership -Provide inspiring leadership to the regional UNICEF team in terms of UNICEF Mission, guiding principles, policy interpretation, guidance on procedures, developing and maintenance of positive attitudes, constructive team behavior, and positive relations with all partners.
Management – Through participatory approaches, manage the work of the Regional UNICEF office and team, ensuring high standards of accountability and efficiency.

3. Representation, Advocacy and Communication
Representation – Represent UNICEF and the rights and needs of children to the regional government, the wider UN, to civil society institutions, to partners and to society.
Advocacy – Advocate with the regional government, the wider UN, civil society organizations, media and society, attention to the rights and needs of children, as well as specific policies, strategies, plans, projects and practices in support of those rights and needs.
Communication – Undertake communication activities in support of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Policy and the UNICEF-supported Humanitarian Programme.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences or related field.
  • Good knowledge of various computer software management and applications.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation at national & international levels, at least 5 years of which should be in developing countries.
  • 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, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (II)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

This is a non-family/emergency duty station. Compensation packages apply accordingly.

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

How to apply:

If you are interested to apply for this role please visit the UNICEF employment site to submit your application.

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