Emergency Officer, Tehran, Iran

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Iran

City: Tehran

Office: UNICEF Tehran

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Re-advertisement: Emergency Officer, NO-1, Tehran, Iran #116338 (Iranian Nationals Only)

Job no: 544643

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Iran Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Iran

Department/Office: Teheran, Iran (Islamic Rep. of)

Categories: Emergency Programme

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Under the close supervision and instructions of the supervisor, provides professional support and effective teamwork for the implementation of country office emergency preparedness and response, collaborating with other emergency team members in the office. 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 situations.


1. Sound analyses are provided to identify emergency-prone situations and contribute to early warning and enhancing emergency preparedness.

2. Professional contributions are made to the formulation of emergency plans of action, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action.

3. Emergency preparedness and response plans address gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.

4. Effective analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation are timely made. Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses.

5. Staff training in emergencies preparedness and response is effectively supported for the enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office.

6. In the event of an emergency, prompt support is provided to execute the initial operational tasks by collecting reliable information on the nature and scope of the emergency, ensuring effective telecommunications facility and staff security assistance, and promptly reporting the status as required.

7. Professional support is provided to establish facts and needs, support a rapid assessment, and determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF.

8. Timely delivery of assistance and supplies is maintained, urgent staffing requirements are identified, and the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources is monitored for effective project delivery.

9. Substantive input and assistance are provided in the implementation of emergency plans of action, work plans, emergency appeals, and in the mobilization of donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.

10. Lessons learned from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience are collected and analyzed for the adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions are effectively identified.

11. Ensures that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s work plans. 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.


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Emergency Preparedness

1. Provides professional assistance in analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and risks, and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

2. Assists in the formulation of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of contingency plans. Monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action.

3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information, collecting, interpreting, and analyzing all available data on the evolving emergency situation and its implications to the operation. Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas

4. Assists in organizing and conducting training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, and contributes to the enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff.

Emergency Response

5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. 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 the head of office, supervisor, and other emergency staff of their status as required.

6. Assists supervisor with the assessment of local emergency and security situation. Visits the location to conduct an initial rough assessment of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers, and the community. 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.

7. Participates in Implementing the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Assists in identifying urgent staffing requirements and redeploying country office staff. 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.

Emergency Project

8. Participates in the implementation of plans of action and work plans for emergency projects. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. 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.

9. Collects and analyses lessons learned from UNICEF’s emergency experience and contributes towards the adoption of best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions.

10. Works with other colleagues to make sure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplace. Assists in the preparation of sectoral input for the country program 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.

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



University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration, or other related disciplines.

Work Experience

One year of relevant professional work experience at the national or international level in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.

Developing country work experience (for IP) or fieldwork experience (for NO). Training/experience in emergency response management is highly desirable.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Farsi is required. A second UN language is an asset.

Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

Technical Knowledge

Specific Technical Knowledge Required

UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality.

Common Technical Knowledge Required:

The UNICEF mission statement; UNICEF Board policy papers and decisions.

The Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

EMOPS Technical Notes, EMOPS Emergency Field Book.

UNICEF Program Manuals, policy guidelines, ExDirs, PROs; Country Programme documentation.

UNICEF personnel, financial, supply, and administrative rules, regulations, and manuals

National development plans and policies; Guidelines and manuals from NGO/donor partners.

Annual work plan.

UNDAF; The UN Humanitarian Reform; IASC documents, guidelines, and materials on UN Humanitarian Reform and the cluster approach.

Information & Communications Technology literacy, including skills and knowledge of office system applications, LAN, internet navigation, telecommunications, and data analysis.

Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.

UN security operations and guidelines.

UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian/emergency issues and response.

UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions in international developing cooperation.

Knowledge of the latest developments and trends in emergency preparedness and response management-related fields.

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...

Core Competencies

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional Competencies (Required)

Persuading and Influencing (2)

Applying Technical Expertise (2)

Planning and Organizing (1)

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.


UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net

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

This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not

reapply as their original application will be duly considered.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate

Advertised: Sep 15 2021 Iran Daylight Time Application close: Sep 29 2021 Iran Standard Time

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1632177295540