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Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Emergency Officer, (P2), Panama City, Panama (US Citizens only)
Job no : 542013
Work type : Fixed Term Appointment
Location : Panama
Categories : Emergency Programme
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.
Through USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID / BHA), the United States sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for employment in the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program.
These fully funded JPO positions strengthen the capacity of UNICEF country and regional offices dealing with humanitarian crises.
They further encourage U.S. citizens to become active members of the international community. After completing their JPO assignments, a number of JPOs successfully compete for positions within the UN System, and in other international and non-governmental organizations.
II. General Information
Title : Emergency Officer JPO)
Organization / Office : UNICEF Panama Country Office
Duty Station : Panama City
Date Required : As soon as possible
Duration : Two years
Title of Supervisor : Chief Field Operations / Senior Emergency Specialist
Under the supervision of and in regular consultation with the supervisor, implement country office emergency preparedness and response.
Responsible for the technical contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions to advance the survival and well-being of children and mothers and affected communities in an emergency situation.
III. Duties, Responsibilities, and Output Expectations
Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses.
Longer term requirements of the emergency operation / interventions are effectively identified
Sectoral input is provided for all related documents of the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
Summary of Key Functions :
Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action.
Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency measures.
Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas.
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.
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 dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and promptly informs head of office, supervisor and other emergency staff of their status as required.
Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the office vis-à-vis 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.
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. Sends daily situation reports to concerned parties.
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). Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.
Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency intervention / operations.
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.
Education : University degree in one of the following fields : social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
Experience : At least two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and / or international levels in programme / project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
Developing country work experience or field work experience. Training / experience in emergency response management is highly desirable.
Languages : Fluency in English and Spanish is required
V. Competency Profile
For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency at : / / . / about / employ / files / UNICEF Competencies.pdf
Core Values (Required) :
o Diversity and inclusion
Core Competencies (Required)
o Communication II
o Working with people II
o Drive for Results II
Functional Competencies (Required)
o Persuading and Influencing II
o Applying Technical Expertise II
o Planning and Organizing I
o Adapting and Responding to Change II
o Coping with Pressure and Setbacks II
o Specific Technical Knowledge Required
o Common Technical Knowledge required
o Technical Knowledge to be Acquired / Enhanced
VI. Background Information
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations.
The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.
For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism.
To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated.
There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries.
Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Together with its partners, UNICEF works in190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence.
UNICEF programs focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.
UNICEF has established a Junior Professional Officers Program (the JPO Programme ), which enables governments to fund Junior Professional Officer ( JPO ) posts at UNICEF so that young men and women from the government’s country can acquire field experience in international development co-operation activities, such as those of UNICEF, under the close supervision of senior UNICEF officials, while also contributing to the implementation of the programs and activities of UNICEF through temporary service in UNICEF's field offices.
In exceptional circumstances, subject to UNICEF’s needs, UNICEF may offer experience in international development activities at its headquarters locations.
VII. Application Instructions
The JPO Program selection process is carried out jointly by USAID / BHA and UNICEF. You must be a
U.S. Citizen to apply . To apply please send
to BHA.JPOCoordinator usaid.gov . Please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. If you wish to apply for multiple positions, please complete a Personal History Statement (P11) for each position and submit these to us in separate emails with the appropriate subject heading.
Please complete the UN Personal History Statement (P11) thoroughly. The P11 provides the opportunity to include all required information in one document, including your professional work experience and references.
Please attach a cover letter to explain your interest in the position and interest in working with the UN, along with a general resume.
The P11 has instructions on how to complete the profile; however, please be sure to also follow the additional instructions below :
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.
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.