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Emergency Officer (Coordination) at UNICEF

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TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Emergency Officer (Coordination), (P2), Lilongwe, Malawi #124642, 7 months, (Open to Non-Malawian nationals)


Job no: 561635
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Lilongwe
Level: P-2
Location: Malawi
Categories: Emergency

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.

For every child, safety…

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’.  The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication.  The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

Because of the fourfold public health emergency (cholera, polio, floods and COVID-19) Malawi is currently facing, UNICEF Malawi Country Office is continuously strengthening and scaling-up multi-sectoral engagement, coordination and humanitarian response, including recovery, disaster risk reduction and prevention support to districts and the Government. Given the urgency and scale of the needs and considering the complexity of the poly-crises, there is also an ongoing need to escalate presence in the affected areas for an effective response and recovery.

UNICEF Malawi has therefore identified the need for an Emergency Officer (Coordination) to support the prompt and adequate planning, coordination and implementation of response, recovery and preparedness efforts to address the affected areas

How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic Emergency team where you will be 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, mothers and affected communities in an emergency situation.

In your role, you will be under the overall guidance and supervision of Emergency Specialist (Coordination) and be temporarily based in Lilongwe with regular field travel to Blantyre and the affected districts, and with the further possibility of being outposted to Blantyre.

This job therefore presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children with professional excellence and by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to:

  1. Contribute to the formulation of emergency plans of action, contingency plans, and monitoring of compliance with plans of action, while ensuring plans addresses gender issues that may be expected to intensify during emergencies.
  2. Effective analysis of available data and support the constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses.
  3. Maintain timely delivery of assistance and supplies, identify urgent staffing requirements and the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources is monitored for effective project delivery.
  4. Provide input and assistance in the implementation of emergency plans of action, workplans, emergency appeals, and in the mobilization of donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding.
  5. Collect and analyze lessons learnt from UNICEF’s emergency operations experience for adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions.
  6. Ensure that disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in the country office’s workplans.

You are encouraged to download the detailed generic job descriptionDownload File Generic JD_Emergency Officer Level 2.pdf in order to view the full role and its requirements.

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.


  • Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
  • Experience working in a developing country is required.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is required.
  • Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
  • Good understanding of data collection, data analysis and management in the context of humanitarian programmes
  • Software skills including GIS, MS Excel Pivot Function, PowerBI, Tableau or similar data visusalition tool

Technical knowledge and skills:

  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international emergency issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery is required.
  • Knowledge of global humanitarian issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches is required.
  • Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality is required.


  • Fluency in English, both strong verbal and written skills, is essential.

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.


The 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.

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 as well as suitable persons living with disabilities are strongly 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 may also be 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.

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

The vacancy announcement is open to all candidates – both internal UNICEF staff holding permanent, continuing, and fixed term appointments and external candidates.

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

In order to deliver results for the children of Malawi, UNICEF Malawi Country Office works in a fast-paced but impactful environment where creativity, innovation, collaboration, teamwork, a safe space and professional development are supported and encouraged. We are therefore seeking individuals who are motivated to make a real difference and serve the children of Malawi with resourcefulness, resilience, creativity, and professional excellence.

Level 2 (L2) Corporate Emergency Activation Procedure (CEAP) Scale-up for the Cholera outbreak in Malawi was activated and expanded to include 1) response to floods and overall impact of Tropical Cyclone Freddy from 10 March 2023 to 9 September 2023. Against the L2 activation, the temporary assignment should be offered with a lien to the national (GS or NO category) post they encumber, for an initial maximum period of 1 year (364 days), extendible up to 2 years (729 days). The default assumption is that this is implemented by the releasing office (except when the releasing office is also L2/L3, in which case its agreement is required), unless there is a serious overriding operational concern that prevails over the L2/L3 needs, which should be rare. In case of dispute, the requesting and releasing offices are expected to find a suitable agreement, given especially L3 are corporate priorities. If the assigned duty station loses its L2/L3 status during the first year of assignment, the extension will be managed in accordance with the scenario 1 above (for D/E/non-family duty stations), or will not be possible (for other duty stations). 

Advertised: 03 May 2023 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 10 May 2023 South Africa Standard Time