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Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Emergency Officer at the P2 Level,
United States, New York
|May 17, 2023|
Through USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian
Assistance (USAID/BHA), the United States (U.S.)
sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for employment in
the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Junior
Professional Officer (JPO) Program.
These fully funded JPO positions strengthen the capacity of UNICEF and further encourage U.S.
citizens to become active members of the international community. After completing their JPO
assignments, a number of JPOs successfully compete for positions at UNICEF and in other
international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
II. General Information
Title: Emergency Officer
Organization/Office: UNICEF / Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) / Humanitarian Field
Support Section (HFSS)
Duty Station: New York, United States
Start Date Required: As soon as possible
Duration: One year, with possibility of a one-year extension
The USAID/BHA sponsored JPO will be an employee of UNICEF, not of the U.S. Government.
III. Duties, Responsibilities, and Output Expectations
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of an Emergency Specialist, the JPO will provide support and guidance to
UNICEF Country Offices (COs) and Regional Offices (ROs) engaged in humanitarian action
encompassing preparedness, response, post-crisis recovery, and integrated planning. The JPO
will be responsible for the following key functions:
Support analysis and review of emergency response and preparedness
● Support the analysis and review of emergency preparedness and response in the defined
allocation of regions and/or countries, supporting UNICEF responses in complex
emergencies and natural disasters, including the mainstreaming of early recovery
approaches and supporting UNICEF engagement with integrated United Nations (UN)
Support coordination of headquarters support to countries
● Support the coordination of headquarters support to these countries, maintaining close
contact with the COs and ROs on all programmatic and operational matters relating to
the emergencies to ensure the quality and timeliness of our collective response, notably
for Level 3 (L-3) emergencies.
Monitor emerging humanitarian risks and strategies
● Through UNICEF’s Emergency Operations Center (OPSCEN) and other EMOPS
sections, in close contact with COs, ROs, and sister UN agencies, monitoring emerging
humanitarian risks and strategies for preparedness and risk reduction before a new crisis
occurs and best approaches to engage in early recovery and transition processes.
Support UNICEF participation in key inter-agency activities
● Represent and/or ensure UNICEF representation and advocacy in key inter-agency
activities related to emergency response, crisis management, and integrated assessment
and planning, as well as external events/conferences when requested.
● Keep close contact with counterparts in UN sister agencies.
● Support management engagement with high-level mechanisms such as Emergency
Directors, Integrated Task Forces, Inter-Agency Task Forces, Executive Committees, and
other crisis-management mechanisms as well as with donors and member states.
IV. Qualifications and Experience
Advanced degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one of the following fields is required:
International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development,
Social Sciences, or a related technical field.
A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is
required in: post-crisis recovery, complex emergencies, humanitarian response.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization or a NGO or international lNGO
is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English and another language is required (French, Spanish).
The United Nations believes that an inclusive culture attracts the best talent and encourages all
qualified applicants, regardless of gender, disability, sexual orientation, cultural or religious
backgrounds, to apply.
V. Training and Learning Plan
● Participation in a one-week JPO induction program in New York;
● Guidance and advice in relation to training opportunities within the field of expertise;
● Use of yearly JPO training funds for internal/external training opportunities;
● Participation in mentoring, coaching, and career counseling and transition programs;
● Potential field mission and/or stretch assignment during the second year.
VI. Background Information
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does—in programs, in advocacy, and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life—in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions—her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens—addressing inequity—not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
VII. Application Instructions
The JPO program selection process is carried out jointly by USAID/BHA and UNICEF.
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Applicants must be no older than 32 years of
age as of December 31 of the year of application.
To apply please send the following to BHA.JPOCoordinator@usaid.gov:
1. completed UN Personal History Statement (P11);
2. resume (CV) and;
3. cover letter to explain your interest in this position.
Please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. If you wish to
apply for multiple positions, please complete a Personal History Statement (P11) for each
position and submit these to us in separate emails with the appropriate subject heading. Please
submit your application documents in PDF format when possible.
Due to the volume of applications received, only selected candidates will be
contacted for an interview.
Please complete the P11 thoroughly. The P11 provides the opportunity to include all required
information in one document, including your professional work experience and references.
Please attach a cover letter to explain your interest in the position and interest in working with
the UN, along with a general resume. The P11 has instructions on how to complete the profile;
however, please be sure to also follow the additional instructions below:
● The P11 must be completed in English only. You can find the P11 form on the
USAID/BHA Jobs website.
● You may leave the signature/date sections blank at this time. If selected for one of the
positions, you will then need to submit a signed version.
● Do not submit a photograph.
● Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2023, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
For more information please consult the USAID/BHA Jobs website.