Emergency Specialist – Risk Monitoring and Analysis – New York

Location:
New York, United States
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Emergency Specialist – Risk Monitoring and Analysis – New York

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Emergency Specialist – Risk Monitoring and Analysis – New York

The Emergency Specialist (Risk Monitoring and Analysis) will facilitate UNICEF’s global risk monitoring and analysis, including research and analysis of issues potentially affecting UNICEF’s humanitarian response, including natural and human-induced threats and the related vulnerability of children and those who care for them. The Emergency Specialist will research and draft analytical reports, liaise with key partners and allies, and support the development UNICEF’s analytical systems and related analytical capacity, policies and technologies.

Responsibilities

Summary of key functions/accountabilities
  • Carries out global risk scanning and analysis at regular intervals, in coordination with HQs, ROs and COs and HQ, to inform and help trigger emergency preparedness and response.
  • Researches and analyses natural or human-induced threats and the related vulnerability of children and those who care for them in countries of interest to UNICEF around the world, to support emergency preparedness actions or programmatic adjustments.
  • Provides technical advice and training on risk monitoring and analysis processes and policy to relevant staff at HQ/RO/CO
  • Supports development of technological innovations in UNICEF’s analytical processes
  • Continuous, effective and strategic cooperation with key actors.
Duties/Tasks
  • Carries out global risk scanning and analysis at regular intervals, in coordination with HQs, ROs and COs and HQ, to inform and help trigger emergency preparedness and response.
    • Liaise and coordinate information sharing with HQ, RO, and CO focal points for risk analysis and monitoring.
    • Participate and/or initiate meetings on risk analysis/monitoring with EMOPS, other HQ Divisions, ROs and COs as appropriate.
    • Review COs and ROs risk analyses (in the EPP) and provide feedback (or support ROs in providing timely feedback).
    • Produce risk analysis/monitoring briefs.
  • Researches and analyses natural or human-induced threats and the related vulnerability of children and those who care for them in countries of interest to UNICEF around the world, to support emergency preparedness actions or programmatic adjustments.
    • Coordinate with UNICEF HQ, RO and CO to identify key risk-related issues requiring further study/analysis.
    • Identify appropriate data sources including UNICEF data platforms, UN Departments, Agencies, Funds and Programmes and external entities – open sources, subscription services, NGOs, academia, think tanks etc.
    • Research and draft analytical papers of varying length on identified topics/dynamics, to include, inter alia, socio-political, security, conflict, humanitarian, population movement, access etc.
  • Provides technical advice and training on risk monitoring and analysis processes and policy to relevant staff at HQ/RO/CO.
    • Provide technical assistance on risk analysis/monitoring issues to HQ/RO/CO.
    • Support coherence with ERM, BCM and SRM procedures, concepts and tools as regards risk analysis.
    • Support development of online and in person trainings to build risk analysis capacity
    • Support implementation of trainings as above.
  • Supports development of technological innovations in UNICEF’s analytical processes.
    • Maintain a wide professional network, keeping abreast of ideas and innovations in humanitarian research and analysis.
    • Keep abreast of the development and implementation of UNICEF and other humanitarian data platforms, including E-Tools, Innovation Department, DRP, DEEP etc. in conjunction with EMOPs, GCCU and IT.
    • Keep abreast of external software developments, around social media monitoring, analysis software, data analysis/mining/fusion platforms, media monitoring/aggregation etc.
  • Continuous, effective and strategic collaboration with key actors.
    • Establishes and maintains relationships with key actors/allies, including UN AFP and Departments (especially OPSCEN equivalents, e.g. UNOCC), NGOs, academia, private sector, think tanks etc

Requirements

Education
  • An advanced university degree  in political science, economics, international relations or another relevant science/social science field.
Experience
  • At least five years of experience in humanitarian risk analysis
  • Experience analysing the risk to vulnerable populations posed by both natural and human-induced threats, using methods of estimating likelihood/probability and impact, and drafting related reports
  • Demonstrated skills in using data for analytical purposes
  • Experience using ArcGIS or Q-GIS, especially for analytical functions, is an asset
  • Experience using data analysis software such as SPSS or R is an asset, as is experience with data visualisation tools such as Power BI or Tableau
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in another UN language highly desirable
Closing date for applications 19 December 2019 before midnight.

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