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External Outreach :Programme Officer (Children With Disabilities) -P2/NO2, Rapid Response Rosters, Eastern And Southern Africa Region at UNICEF

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  • Malawi
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Job no: 559644
Contract type: Temporary Appointment, Consultant
Level: P-2
Location: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles
Categories: Gender Development, Emergency

Seeking external candidates only 

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment (TA) or Consultancy

Duration: 3 months to 364 days

Location: Countries based in Eastern and Southern Africa

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, hope

Since two years, countries in the ESA region have experienced an alarming increase in the number of new, or re-emerging humanitarian emergencies, including public health (including Ebola, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, wild poliovirus, and Cholera), armed conflicts and natural disasters emergencies.

UNICEF ESAR has prioritized the critical need to support countries to rapidly scale up capacity to prevent, mitigate, and manage ongoing and anticipated emergencies as well as to enhance capacity for preparedness and response to these emergencies.


The purpose of this external announcement is to attract suitable Programme Officer ( Children with Disabilities) candidates interested in working in any of the countries within UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa region to respond to emergencies for the next 36 months. The countries within each region are listed on the following website:

How can you make a difference?

Key activities & duties

1- Support the Programme Specialist on Children with Disabilities and the disability inclusion focal person in Humanitarian Action Resilience and Peace Building Section (HARP) in their overall work to make the work of UNICEF ESAR disability inclusive.

  • Map the current inclusion of children with disabilities (or lack thereof) in the emergency preparedness, response, and recovery/resilience in the region
  • Provide technical guidance and assistance on how humanitarian interventions and the triple nexus, including climate adaptations/disaster risk reduction/resilience building, can be more inclusive by identifying and sharing good practices and assisting with planning, implementation and monitoring of disability inclusive preparedness, response and recovery/resilience
  • Engage in regional and sub-regional emergency meetings, including L2/L3 meetings
  • Input to annual work plans of both the ESARO disability inclusion team and HARP for them to become more humanitarian action focused and disability inclusive respectively
  • Monitor humanitarian responses for their disability inclusiveness

2- Support the empowerment, skills-building and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in decision making regarding humanitarian actions in the region.

  • Ensure Country Offices in the region consult with, collaborate and/or partner with Organizations of Person with Disabilities (OPDs), including ensuring consultations with OPDs in humanitarian interventions
  • Identify capacity gaps and provide capacity development to OPDs to engage in humanitarian interventions
  • Support the inclusion of young persons with disabilities in accountability to affected populations and ensure the meaningful engagement of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities

3- Build capacity, participate in trainings, develop tools for inclusive humanitarian action, and ensure mainstream trainings have components on disability.

  • Identify capacity gaps
  • Support development of training opportunities for increased knowledge and understanding on disability inclusive humanitarian action at the regional and country level
  • Identify promising practices/good examples of disability inclusion in humanitarian action in the region

4- Support the familiarization and implementation of the three new Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) on children with disabilities.

  • Build capacity of UNICEF emergency staff on the CCCs
  • Create knowledge products
  • Measure implementation of the CCCs
  • Develop any tools to better incorporate the CCCs in humanitarian interventions

5- Review and input to Humanitarian Action Group (HAGs) and other relevant humanitarian tools become inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities in the region.

  • Support Country Offices to develop language to be used in emergency related documents
  • Review draft humanitarian needs assessments, humanitarian appeals, humanitarian response plans and other documents
  • Develop tools for monitoring implementation of humanitarian appeals and response plans with regard to children with disabilities

6- Engage and contribute to inter-agency partnerships for refugees and displaced persons, including UNICEF/UNHCR Blueprint and the Prospects partnership.

  • Work with selected Country Offices to make their work more disability inclusive
  • Position UNICEF in the lead to make partnerships for refugees and displaced persons more disability inclusive

7- Support UNICEF Country Offices in the region to ensure disability inclusive access to humanitarian aid.

  • Identify barriers/bottlenecks for children and young persons to access humanitarian aid
  • Sharing good practices to overcome barriers/bottlenecks
  • Work with Country Offices and partners to identify support needs of children and young persons with disabilities, and mechanisms to address them

Impact of Results 

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Junior Programme Officer – Children with Disabilities (JPO) to programme preparation, planning, and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve inclusion of children with disabilities in emergency preparedness, response and recovery/resilience.

Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.

Work Experience- 

A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme planning, management, and/or research in child rights, social inclusion.

Experience in working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Experience in or with emergency context is an asset.

Experience in disability inclusion, particularly in emergency context, is an asset.

Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

Language Requirement:-

  • Fluency in verbal and written English or French (depending on the country office’s official language). Knowledge of another UN language 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 competencies required for this post are…

      • 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)
      • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)

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.

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.


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

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.

Advertised: 27 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 13 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time