Sudan: Chief of Field Operations and Emergency, P-5, Khartoum, Sudan

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Sudan
Closing date: 25 Jan 2018

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.For every child, www.unicef/org/sudan

Sudan is a huge country, more than four times the size of Sweden and the third largest in Africa—even after South Sudan was carved out in 2011. Sudan has a lot of land and resources, a population of 40 million and a history that predates the Nubian kingdoms established along the Nile River around 4,000 BC.

Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives improve. Fewer boys and girls are dying before their fifth birthday. Primary school attendance is increasing. Immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free.

Still, millions of children continue to suffer from chronic conflict, from seasonal natural disasters and disease outbreaks, from under-investment in basic social services. Sudan ranks as one of the worst in the world for malnutrition, and three million of its school aged children are not in the classroom.

How can you make a difference?

Chief, Field Operations and Emergency, is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Field Operations and Emergency Section. Accountable for effective leadership, management guidance and programme support to manage all aspects of emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and response as well as regular programme implementation, to ensure timely, effective and efficient programme delivery, ensuring through sound leadership, supervision and monitoring that all blockages, disruptions, and delays are avoided to achieve measurable results.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support zonal offices, and other field teams in effective work planning, implementation of activities, office organization, regional operations and logistics; meet with government officials and civil society to facilitate operations of the zonal offices. Supervise all 6 Field Office Chiefs.
  • Assist in coordination and exchange of information between operations and programme sections of SCO and field offices including the identification of specific advocacy issues and approaches with counterparts, NGOs and donors. Ensure that all national level policies and strategies are timely shared and implemented by the field offices.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Representative, with the operations and programme sections and with the Chiefs of zonal offices, participate with government and NGO partners in the development of strategies, methodologies and identification of new operational approaches for improving programme delivery.
  • Work closely with the PME, programme sections, sector coordinators and field offices, to influence the development of field-based mechanisms covering timely situation, performance and results monitoring. Work closely with PME and field offices to influence the development of methodologies to increase the equity of the field programmes by better identifying the most vulnerable and hardest to reach children.
  • As part of the senior management team, taking into consideration field realities, ensure the integration of regular and emergency programme in all stages of the programming process i.e the situations analyses’, needs assessment, risk informed equity focused programmes design, strategy planning, monitoring and evaluation..
  • Provide overall leadership, guidance and direction for the development of appropriate risk informed operating strategies, program implementation, monitoring and reporting by zonal offices. Guide the development of the UNICEF’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP), and associated contingency planning processes at national and field level. Support the Representative to perform his role as the UNICEF representative in the UN Humanitarian Country Team and other humanitarian coordination fora. Interact with government, partner NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of emergency programme preparedness and field implementation.
  • In close collaboration with the Deputy Representative and the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Manager, parrticipate in the development of strong donor contacts and relations, monitoring and updating emergency programme funding priorities and provide support to the Representative in fund raising activities. Participate in strategic humanitarian coordination and performance management mechanisms.
  • Monitor developments at the international, national, regional and State levels. Initiate new approaches and develop methodologies to best meet goals and objectives. Write position papers for use in the development of UNICEF programme policy. Participate in various international/national meetings and workshops.
  • Support overall management through participation in management meetings within the office, to review major office operations, human resources, programme and administrative budget management.
  • Promote the Humanitarian, Development and Peace nexus and the New Way of Working approaches.
  • To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in any of the following: Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Public Health, Education, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation. Experience working in emergency is required
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

    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 link

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