The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

We are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Hamida – Deputy Representative in Iraq

  1. What is one of your memorable experience working for UNICEF?

Two years ago I was working as a Deputy Representative in Syria and parents from a part of a country that was under the control of anti-government groups approached UNICEF via our partners with one request.

“We need your help to get our daughters out of here so that they can go sit for the secondary schools national exams in [then government controlled] Aleppo,” they said.

Girls in this hard to reach area were unable to go to schools due to the restrictions imposed by the armed groups, but a group of 50 girls studied at home and their parents were willing to risk their lives to cross dangerous checkpoints in order to get them to where they needed to sit for exams and pursue higher education.

As a mother I was incredibly moved by the parents request and the value they placed on girls’ education.

Working with our partners we managed to support these girls with accommodation, extra tuition and other needs when they reached Aleppo. I cried when I met them and they told me how hard they had been studying at home and how important these exams were to them.  I will never forget these brave girls and their parents. They are a constant reminder that we must not take anything for granted.

  1. What advice do you have for women currently in an emergency context?

My advice is to keep the connection with loved one at home alive. Technology has made this easier than ever before. Knowing that my family are just one call or one WhatsApp message away reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness. I could not do what I do without the support of my spouse and family. I talk to them about my work and the people I meet so that they feel like they are a part of my daily life irrespective of whether I am in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Somalia.

  1. What are the main benefits / challenges of working in an emergency context?

There are a lot of challenges. The needs of vulnerable children and their families are often acute and urgent and we work long hours, including weekends to support a lifesaving response.  Seeing the immediate results and knowing that we delivered safe drinking water to a community that had no water and the education of children is maintained during an emergency is rewarding and inspiring.

  1. What role does diversity play in working in an emergency context?

Diversity in all its shapes and forms are very important. Having a right balance people of different backgrounds, gender and ethnicity adds value to an emergency operation. I’ve been in situations where women who have suffered from gender based violence felt more comfortable talking to me about their issues and needs than they did with male colleagues. They could relate to me as a woman and trusted me to take up their cause.

  1. Please complete this sentence: for every child….hope.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. At UNICEF we believe in diversity, because:

1. It brings a varied range of views to the table that contributes to a more rounded decision making process based on varied experiences and capabilities;

2. It reduces blind spots we may (not even know we) have, in considering our workplace behaviors, managerial career, performance and other discussions and decisions affecting staff

3. It contributes significantly to improving communication and creates an inclusive environment, which in turn contributes to increasing staff engagement as various groups of staff feel visible, and therefore have a stake in overall business strategy execution and organizational success;

4. It increases organizational access to the perhaps not so visible networks that may exist; 

5. It increases sensitivity and responsiveness to the partners, clients and broader internal and external population that we serve; and last but not least

6. Diversity at senior levels also serve to provide leadership and professional role models for staff in their career aspirations, that can be motivating and help with staff retention.

For every child, a champion!

If you are committed, creative professional, are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, and are comfortable working in a challenging environment, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

For every child, a talent!

For the committed professional, UNICEF offers unique opportunities for challenging, effective and rewarding work. Its mandate is to advocate and promote programmes that meet the special needs of women and children. UNICEF support at country and regional level involves its staff in a wide range of issues in a rapidly changing world.

We employ committed professional to work in our focus areas: Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality, Child Protection and Inclusion, Policy Advocacy and Partnerships. We also employ staff with expertise in administration and finance, human resources, information technology, supply and logistics as well as external relations and communication. UNICEF’s presence in humanitarian crises means that we also seek experts in emergency preparedness and response.

More than 13,000 staff work with UNICEF, with approximately 85 per located in the field in 190 countries. Seven regional offices and over 124 country offices worldwide, 24 national committees, a research centre in Florence, a supply division in Copenhagen and offices in Tokyo, Berlin and Brussels and UNICEF headquarters in New York and Geneva work on helping children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

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The Chief of Health reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. The Chief of Health is responsible for providing high level policy advice and advocacy to the Government of Uzbekistan on the reform of the maternal and child health system, develop partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and managing and supervising all stages of the health programme within the country program, from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of results, and for leading and managing the health team and does so in consultation with the Regional Health Adviser.

Under the guidance of, and working closely with, the Gulf Area Representative, and as part of an integrated (public and private sector)approach to resource mobilization in the region, develops and manages strategic partnerships with foundations, philanthropists and corporations in the Gulf Area (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain), in order to maximize resources and support for UNICEF programmes to achieve results for children.

The Chief, Child Protection Section reports to the Deputy Representativefor general guidance and direction. The Chief is responsible for managing and leading all stages of child protection programs/projects, including strategic planning and formulation and funds mobilization,, to achieve concrete and sustainable UNICEF contribution to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies. The Chief is also responsible for ensuring a comprehensive and effective child protection in emergencies response.

Under the overall guidance of the Representative, South Sudan Country Office responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities relating to emergency preparedness and response; manages the UNICEF South Sudan field operations including the supervision of the Chief of Zonal offices.

Manage team and provide overall leadership in communication and community engagement for immunization within UNICEF and immunization partnerships. Articulate strategic and programmatic direction to drive an innovative agenda to promote and sustain community demand for immunization services in program countries to address inequities and raise immunization coverage. Provide thought leadership and help set global, regional, and national agendas related to advocacy, behavior and social change communication, social mobilization and community engagement for immunization; Coordinate with partners and donors to maintain UNICEF leadership and achieve the objectives and outcomes laid out in the UNICEF Immunization Roadmap, 2017-2030.

Syria,Iraq,Jordan,Lebanon,Yemen & Sudan,
International Public Sector
External Emergency Roster Staff are deployed to support either existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. Response personnel are also responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of UNICEF programming and operations.

Under the close supervision of Education Specialist, contributes to programme planning, administration, implementation, monitoring and the evaluation of programme/project activities, including teamwork and capacity building.

New Delhi, India
International Public Sector
The Senior Social Policy Specialist supports and advises the Representative and Country Management Team in developing strategies and policy agenda for the designated areas of responsibilities. Responsible for providing technical leadership, advice, and capacity building to programmes. Facilitates application, adaptation and achievement of UNICEF global and regional goals, polices, and strategies in the area of social policy agenda of UNICEF India

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11 December 1946


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