Programme Specialist (Risk Reduction and Climate Change)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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For every child, a life in a safe and clean environment

In the context of the 2030 Agenda (including the Sendai Framework and Paris Climate Agreement) as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021), you will oversee and advance in a coherent manner, UNICEF’s commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and wider Risk Informed Programming.

 How can you make a difference?

  • Support, in collaboration with other divisions, UNICEF Regional and Country Offices, both remotely and directly (field missions), in the design, implementation and monitoring of programming to reduce risk, strengthen resilience and adapt to climate change.
  • Support advocacy on the rights of climate and disaster affected children through representation and engagement with government, UN, civil society, private sector and other stakeholder on climate change, DRR and resilience.
  • In collaboration with other UNICEF sections and divisions continue to develop, update and strengthen policy, guidance and programming tools related to CCA, DRR, risk informed programming and other programmatic issues falling under the CEPR  mandate.
  • In close collaboration with the Programme Division and EMOPS knowledge management (KM) functions, develop and promote knowledge management products (including specifically coherence between climate change and DRR); support staff capacity development; and, continue to develop and grow the UNICEF internal Risk, Resilience and Climate network by acting as its focal point and secretariat.  Maintain regular email and webinar contact with and among the network and convene a global network meeting once every two years or more if requested by senior management.  Support the development of UNICEF’s internal capacity (including staff capacity) for programming for resilience, prevention and climate related issues.
  • Maintain existing and build new external programmatic partnerships; ensure that UNICEF is recognized as a leading international organization with respect to child rights and risk, resilience and climate related programming and advocacy; ensure that UNICEF’s country office programming experience is captured and shared with external partners and networks to contribute to the global common good; conversely, ensure that the latest knowledge and learning generated by external partners is captured and disseminated to the UNICEF internal network in a practical useable manner.
  • Maintain strong relations with exiting donors and develop new funding sources for both CEPR and regional and country programmers.  Develop and keep up to date a fund-raising strategy for the risk, resilience and climate aspects of CEPR’s work (and integrate this into a broader CEPR fund-raising strategy where appropriate).  Develop and pitch at least four funding proposals per year; ensure all donor reporting is accurate and provided on time.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, international development, climate/disaster studies, public policy and/or in relevant field is required.
  • A minimum of 8 (eight) years of experience in social development, management, programme design and management is required. 
  • Prior field experience in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction is required.
  • Prior experience in peacebuilding and conflict prevention is desirable.
  • Emergency field experience working in humanitarian situations, including deployment missions (with UN-Govt-INGO) is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.