Emergency Manager – Access & Engagement, P4, Mogadishu, Somalia, Post #102708, Temporary Appointment
Job no: 561561
Contract type: Temporary Appointment, Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Categories: Emergency, Programme Management
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The “Emergency Manager – Access & Engagement” will proactively advance the humanitarian access workstream (capacity building, knowledge creation, planning and implementation) through direct contributions and by coordinating and pooling the needs and contributions of others, including UNICEF staff sections and offices, implementing partners (e.g., CSO and third-party providers), strategic humanitarian partners and communities.
1. Support and conduct engagement and acceptance activities in line UNICEF’s core commitment on humanitarian access
- Produce, coordinate inputs, and organize recommended analysis and provide support to implementers and the Representatives office on the decision-making process found the “Guidelines for UNICEF Engagement with Armed Non-State Actors.”
- Network and maintain working relationships on behalf of UNICEF to obtain higher quality and more timely contextual information and to increase UNICEF’s possible channels of influence in support of humanitarian outcomes.
- Develop clear access, negotiation and coordination guidance and framework for the CO, including sector specific guidance that is risk informed.
- Provide technical support to UNICEF programs and operations with regard to the planning of engagement activities such as networking, private advocacy and Access negotiations.
- Engage effectively in private advocacy and humanitarian access negotiations with all actors, including non-state actors, with or on behalf of UNICEF Representative office.
- Ensure relationship between UNICEF and all actors, including non-state actors, continues to grow effectively, desensitize conflict situations, remove access barriers through active communication and efficient coordination with focal points.
- Participate in planning negotiation strategies and tactics for higher level engagement with non-state actors, including provision of in-depth analysis, identification of red flags and adherence to humanitarian principles
- Ensure effective preparation of required documentation, notes, talking points for UNICEF Representative office needed for high level engagement with or about non-state actors.
- Ensure application of a harmonized approach in UNICEF field offices with regard to engagement with non-state actors.
2. Contribute to the generation of context-specific analysis
- Generate access-relevant analysis and mapping (geographic or actor networks), using field contact networks and other resources, to identify and understand access gaps (i.e. geographic areas, populations, programmes or logistical corridors), constraints (e.g., security risks, administrative policies or interference, environmental hazards and protections risks, etc.), actors (spoilers and enablers), conflict dynamics, and other factors. Analysis should be timely, regular, data-driven (as available), triangulate and verified to the extent possible.
- As necessary, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, and senior management to plan engagement activities in support of access to hard-to-reach areas and hard-to-reach-populations.
- Use information from various sources (security, programme, field offices, partners etc.) to contribute to the delivery of access coverage mapping, actor mapping, conflict mapping, early warning and trend analysis that may have an impact on UNICEF programme implementation This includes collecting and documenting and reporting on access issues and incidents as necessary.
- Coordinate the collection of inputs and dissemination of access analysis through a consensus-based access analysis mechanism which should involve Access Focal Points, Civil-Military Liaison Focal Points, function-specific access resource people, and the Contextual Expertise Working Group.
- Contribute to the understanding and analysis of other teams by using information gained through regular maintenance and use of the staff members contact network, and by regularly supporting and participating in field needs assessments, in support of Field Office and in coordination with inter-agency coordination mechanisms.
- Disseminate generated analysis and conduct briefings for the Representative office to ensure they have access to up-to-date information and analysis related to the Somalia operational environment including, any risks factors, political sensitives, implication for humanitarian principles (particularly neutrality, and impartiality), and any recommended red flags for which they should be especially aware.
3. Proactively advance and coordinate access related planning among internal and external stakeholders
- Maintain the UNICEF Somalia Access Strategy so that is stayed up-to-date and relevant, by ensuring regular review, adaptation and endorsement (approximately in line with the programme planning cycle) by internal stakeholders and contributors, and by ensuring approval by the Country Representative after endorsement is obtained.
- Maintain and update, on a rolling basis, sub-district level Access Action Planning, in support or programmes and operations, in coordination with the CO and FO stakeholders to gather inputs, feedback and to problem-solve when encountering issues during implementation.
- Ensure both the Access Strategy and Action Planning documents and discussions are informed by regular analysis to facilitate effective prioritization and results.
- Provide technical assistance and advise when seeking to devise actions to improve access during the planning process.
- Facilitate sustained dialogue with all stakeholders of relevance to UNICEF operations, including non-state armed actors.
- Support the UNICEF Representative’s office in the development of position papers, official statements, and internal/external reports, advocacy papers, etc.
4. Coordinate and harmonize an integrated access approach within UNICEF programs and operations
- Support creating an integrated comprehensive approach of reaching and fulfilling the rights of unreached women and children.
- Ensure clarity and unified position among sections on risk factors.
- Ensure smooth and transparent channel of information between programmes, operations, security and the Representative’s office on regular basis related to humanitarian access.
- Support inter-sectoral coordination and regular exchange of knowledge among sections on access negotiation and coordination issues during analysis, planning and implementation.
- Provide strategic guidance to management and communication unit for higher-level advocacy with authorities.
5. Provide support to and coordinate work with inter-agency Access teams in Somalia
- Serve as a focal point for Civil-Military co-ordination and represent UNICEF in all Civil Military fora. Support Civil-Military activities.
- Serve as a focal point for stabilization and liaise accordingly with stabilization actors.
- Maintain bilateral relationships with other external humanitarian counterparts relevant to humanitarian access for the purposes of information sharing and to formulate opportunities to work together to ensure better humanitarian outcomes from children and populations at large.
- Devise, lead or participate in the formulation or implementation of ad hoc coalitions of humanitarian actors working on a similar operational goal or approach when in the best interest of children (e.g., Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism).
- Ensure representation of UNICEF, and advocate for positions and approaches in line with humanitarian principles at interagency access forums like the Access Working Group.
- Perform any actions within the inter-agency working group related to UN coordination on engagement with non-state actors on behalf of UNICEF.
- Coordinate any necessary joint engagement and harmonize access negotiations with any other humanitarian-UN agencies.
- When and as necessary, advocate for and provide advise related to the maintenance of an appropriate level of UNCEF and humanitarian “distinction” and “operational distance” from non-humanitarian entities, including those of the UN, or non-principled humanitarian entities generally, when necessary to maintain humanitarian principles and acceptance as called for with overall UN guidance.
6. Ensure access-enhancing enablers are in place
- Conduct or arrange for capacity building for UNICEF staff and NGO partners, as needed, on topics related to access such as humanitarian principles, private advocacy, use of contact and influence networks, negotiations practices in humanitarian context, risk assessment and mitigation, etc.
- Develop and provide trainings/capacity building and learning tools pertaining to basic access negotiations and best practices to staff and partners in coordination with UNICEF Emergency operations (EMOPS) and regional office RO Humanitarian Action, Resilience and Peacebuilding (HARP).
- Coordinate the internal Access Technical Team with focal points and function-special access resource people.
- Lead access related analytical work, making use of the recently formed “Contextual Experts Group” and the wider Access Technical Team.
- Ensure Access Focal Points and Civil-Military Liaison Focal Points are maintained and capacitated as necessary on their roles and their topic area, and ensure relevant functional areas and offices maintaining function-special access resource people.
- As available, disseminate opportunities for staff to advance in access related knowledge.
Perform other related duties as required.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, etc.,), strategic management, negotiation or mediation, or other disciplines of relevant to complex environments. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of [8 years] of relevant professional experience in areas related to emergency contexts, emergency response, preferably with background of engagement (e.g., private advocacy, access negotiations, etc.) with non-state actors and/or armed actors.
- Field experience in complex, high-risk and/or conflict affected environments.
- In-depth knowledge of Somalia conflict or regions of comparable complexity is highly desirable.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- 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 Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable [female candidates] are encouraged to apply.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
[Lien on Post]
Eligible UNICEF International Professional (IP) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to a Temporary Appointment, which is dedicated to L3 (or L2) Response, may be able to retain a lien and their fixed-term entitlements. The conditions of the temporary assignment will vary depending on the status of their post and their current tour of duty, and relocation entitlements may be limited as per the relevant policies.
Advertised: 01 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 07 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time