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Human Resources Officer (Emergency) Job in Nairobi Kenya

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

Vacancy Announcement: Case # ESA13006

Duty Station: Nairobi

Post: Human Resources Officer (Emergency) – NO-A

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Date of Issue: 31 July, 2013

Closing Date: 13 August, 2013

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in the Human Resources Section, UNICEF ESARO.

Purpose of the Post: 

Under the supervision of the Regional Chief, Human Resources Section and in close collaboration with the Regional Emergency Advisor, the incumbent will coordinate emergency staffing responses and implement regional surge capacity in line with strategic objectives.

He/she will act as the focal person for Emergency Preparedness, Early Warning Early Action (EWEA), to assure rapid deployment of personnel to emergency locations.

He/she will also manage the Regional Rapid Response Mechanism (RRRM) and emergency related rosters; co-ordinate regional HR initiatives supporting emergency preparedness; review EWEA plans of Country Offices including staff mobility plans; support offices in identifying staff well-being and psychosocial support mechanisms for staff in addition to trainings.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and update the Regional Rapid Reponses Mechanism (RRRM) as per the ESAR RRM SSOP. Identify, screen and maintain a regional emergency response capacity of staff members in relevant functional areas to rapidly deploy to emergencies, with the pre-agreement of the releasing CO Representative.
  • In collaboration with Regional Technical Advisors, map and build regional capacity of concerned staff to respond to emergencies.
  • In coordination with the Regional Emergency Support Unit (RESU) and the Humanitarian Action Group (HAG), review CO Staff Mobilization Plans in the Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) site, key action number 10, on a continuous basis to ensure appropriate and current levels of preparedness.
  • Monitor, analyse and evaluate staff mobilization during an emergency response. 
  • Draft and circulate surge capacity updates on the progress being made.
  • Ensure appropriate knowledge management by drafting lessons learned and best practice documents on medium and large-scale emergency response, using the staffing information evaluated.
  • In line with the revised guidelines for the regional roster, establish the clear screening process that needs to take place for any candidate that should be kept on UNICEF's Talent Pool, ensuring a minimum of 200 suitable and available professionals are registered on the ESAR roster of external candidates.
  • Liaise with the Emergency Unit, DHR and other Regional HR Officers regarding status of surge capacity requests, candidate availability, and staff mobilization throughout the region.
  • Identify regional emergency training needs and initiate emergency training for ESAR based professionals on the roster and new surge capacity candidates.
  • Develop emergency Terms of References for surge capacity assignments when necessary; Develop innovative emergency deployment management systems, strategies and plans, including pre-disaster HR planning. 
  • Attend operational and strategic meetings and conference calls on emergency human resources.
  • Undertake internal emergency staffing reporting as well as comment on donor reports and external evaluations as it relates to emergency human resources deployments.
  • Track and analyse trends within surge deployments and mechanisms to prepare reports as directed.

Required Qualifications:
  • Education: University degree in social sciences or other relevant disciplines (human resources, business administration, international relations, psychology, etc). 
  • Additional professional training an advantage

  • One year of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO).
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Competencies: Core Competencies:  Communication; Drive for Result; Working With People

Functional Competencies: Analyzing; Applying Technical Expertise; Following Instructions and Procedures; Planning and Organizing; Relating and Networking

Fluency in English and another UN language.
Fluency in the national language of the duty station an asset.
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address:

Please indicate Reference No. “ESARO/HRS/-2013-017.” in the email subject.

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”

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