Position Title: Regional Emergency Preparedness Officer
Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, Nine months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 28 September 2023
Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
- Internal candidates
- Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo(the); Cook Islands; Dominica; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Madagascar;
Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Tonga; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu
Second-tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
IOM has been expanding its emergency preparedness portfolio to provide a platform for IOM staff to effectively anticipate, respond to and recover from the impacts of the likely, imminent or current disasters. This includes strengthening IOM’s emergency preparedness capacities through increasing its readiness for emergency response at the Regional Office (RO) level, to increase predictability and consistency in readiness planning across all ROs. This will ultimately aim to improve country offices (COs) and ROs’ readiness capacities to respond to identified/anticipated (including climate related) risks, as well as other emerging risks while ensuring much stronger positioning of IOM and strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders involved in emergency preparedness.
In coordination with the Emergency Preparedness Unit in Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), and under the direct supervision of the Senior Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, the Regional Emergency Preparedness Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Provide expert technical inputs and background information required for the design,implementation and follow up of projects on emergency preparedness.
- Lead or facilitate trainings on emergency capacity building, workshops for development ofcontingency plans, and participate regularly in response planning.
- Deploy and support missions working on localized emergency preparedness programmingincluding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and specific technical specialities related to preparedness capacity to respond to hazards.
- Support regional risk scanning and analysis at regular intervals, in coordination withHeadquarters (HQs), ROs and COs and HQs, to inform and help trigger emergency preparedness and response, and Liaise and coordinate information sharing with HQs, RO, and CO focal points for risk analysis and monitoring.
- Support COs in the region in maintaining information management & knowledge managementon Emergency Preparedness (EP) via the existing tool such as the EP Dashboard, and promote contingency planning and enhanced preparedness accordingly.
- Provide expert and consistent support and assistance to IOM Country Offices in need ofguidance though the contingency planning process. Support the development and review IOM missions finalized contingency plans and support their review based on latest available information, in close coordination with relevant thematic experts and senior officials.
- Monitor the application of and analyse feedback from the implementation of emergencypreparedness standards, guidance and tools, and leverage these inputs with a view to harmonizing programmes for enhancing emergency preparedness and response.
- Represent IOM and actively participate in the inter-agency preparedness initiatives andworking groups as required, and encourage IOM’s participation and inclusion in the Anticipatory Action frameworks at regional level.
- Assist country offices within the region in critical phases of preparedness and humanitarianresponse through mission travel. Support complex emergency countries during strategic moments of interagency assessment and planning, including planning for integrated United Nations (UN) presences.
- Identify new opportunities for emergency preparedness and substantively participate in thedevelopment of project proposals in coordination with Resources Management Unit, Department of Operations and Emergency (DOE), the Regional Office and Program/Project Managers, notably to strengthen linkages with Emergency programming and Climate/DRR programs as relevant (e.g. MECR-CADRI, DOE-MICIC, Global Stocks).
- Identify those IOM implemented programmes and projects which may have an emergencypreparedness component/link, provide advice to and formulate recommendations for the development of synergies as appropriate and feasible, with a focus on training.
- Undertake duty travel relating to need assessments, emergency preparedness projectmonitoring, liaison with counterparts, problem solving, and new project development, as required.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Business or Public Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
- Knowledge and experience of different aspects of emergency preparedness and responsearound IOM emergency programming;
- Experience in the field of emergency response, humanitarian assistance in natural disasterand conflict contexts;
- Experience working at an international level with UN, international organization andnon-government organizations in complex humanitarian and emergency operations; • Experience in programme coordination, project development and monitoring and evaluation.
- Sound judgment, ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data and make decisionrapidly to resolve operational problems; • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
- Capacity to work effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;
- Solid computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of either French, Spanish, or Arabic is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
- Integrity and transparency: Maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges. • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
- Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
- Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: Produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner. Is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: Takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
- Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
- Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the Organization’s vision. Assists others to realize and develop their leadership and professional potential.
- Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
- Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
- Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
- Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications by 28 September 2023 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
From 15.09.2023 to 28.09.2023 No Fees:
IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.
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