Emergency Officer, (P2), Panama, LAC RO #103252

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UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children? UNICEF is seeking a dynamic and committed Emergency Officer to support the implementation of development, planning, 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.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, RIGHTS

How can you make a difference? 

Emergency Preparedness

1. Provides professional assistance to Country Offices (COs) in risk analysis to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

2. Assists Regional Office (RO) and COs 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 COs contingency plans.

3. Identifies formal and informal sources of information. Collects, interprets and analyses all available data on the evolving emergency situations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries and their implications to the emergency operations. Keeps an effective flow of information and communication for the planning and implementation of COs emergency measures. Identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas.

4. Assists in organizing and conducting staff training for COs capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response. 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 COs staff.

Emergency Response

5. In the event of an emergency, promptly assists COs in implementing the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance. Immediately collects reliable information from the regional level, to verify the nature and extend of the emergency with other UN agencies and NGO partners.

6. Assists supervisor with assessment of COs’ emergency and security situation. Supports COs in conducting initial assessments of the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for children, mothers and the communities. Assists COs with the assessment of their emergency preparedness plans and their ability vis-à-vis the current crisis, as well as immediate and additional needs. Provides input to COs in determining priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF. Establishes contact with UN agencies, NGOs and other partners at regional level, to support COs response to emergency situations.

7. Supports COs in implementing the emergency preparedness and response plans as necessary. Assists COs in identifying urgent staffing requirements and timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies.

Emergency Project

8. Supports the implementation of COs plans of action and workplans for emergency projects. Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergency situations in the region. Coordinates with RO and COs programme sections staff to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including humanitarian appeals and documents.

9. Collects and analyses lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience and contributes towards adoption of best practices and standards by COs, for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of COs emergency intervention/operations.

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description

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

The following minimum requirements:

  • 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.
  • Work Experience: At least two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in emergency related programme/projects development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, or administration.
  • Language Requirements:  Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

The following desirables:

  • Developing country work experience. Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
  • Knowledge/experience in migration and humanitarian operations in the LAC region, including in reporting and monitoring, is an asset.
  • Experience with UNICEF is an asset.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The 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 

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

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, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will 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 appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, whether you identify as a person of color, a woman, an individual with disabilities, or any other underrepresented groups, we encourage you to apply for our open positions. 

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

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