400px UNFPA logo.svg Emergency Response Coordinator, P4, Ukraine (Temporary Appointment) - Multiple duty stations

Emergency Response Coordinator, P4, Ukraine (Temporary Appointment) – Multiple duty stations

United Nations Population Fund

The Position:

The war in Ukraine has triggered one of the fastest-growing refugee emergencies in history, and the largest since World War II in Europe. The escalation of the conflict has caused civilian casualties, destruction of civilian infrastructures, including health facilities and maternities, disruption of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services and supply chain, and led to an increase in Gender Based Violence (GBV) including Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV).

Under the overall guidance and supervision of UNFPA Representative and direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent facilitates and ensures effective and efficient coordination, programmatic, and operational support to UNFPA humanitarian programs in Crisis-Affected areas in Eastern and Southern regions including but not limited to Kharkiv, Poltava, and Izum regions.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Under the overall guidance and supervision of UNFPA Representative and direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent facilitates and ensures effective and efficient coordination, programmatic, and operational support to UNFPA humanitarian programs in Eastern and Southern regions.

You would be responsible for:

Coordination and Partnership:

  • Position UNFPA as a key humanitarian actor and strengthen coordination and partnership with local authorities and other partners.
  • Participate in regular coordination meetings, programmatic, logistics, heads of agencies meetings, ASMT, Access working group, and any other area-specific meetings related to the humanitarian response.
  • Coordinate with humanitarian partners on the ground to identify opportunities for referrals, partnerships, and coordination/complementarity of interventions within UNFPA’s mandate and existing/planned humanitarian activities.
  • Lead the UNFPA teams towards successful delivery of humanitarian assistance, supplies to areas of need, and fulfill reporting requirements.
  • Support the CO in the implementation of the overall humanitarian response plan and nexus.
  • Support the update of the emergency preparedness plans with the health cluster, SRH Working Group, the GBV sub-cluster, and GBV working groups.
  • Support the country team in establishing arrangements for the ordering and dispatch of supplies.
  • Regularly liaise with the Country Office and other humanitarian hubs in Ukraine.

Programmatic and Operational Support to Emergency Response:

  • Conduct monitoring of the ongoing UNFPA interventions and identify gaps/areas for improvement and/or additional needs to be addressed.
  • Support the Ukraine Emergency Response team in responding to possible changes on the ground due to the conflict.
  • Assist with planning for activities, prepositioning of supplies, and working with partners in various areas.
  • Work with Security and access officers to ensure staff safety and security.


  • Support the CO in the preparation of external communications materials as needed, including external SitReps, snapshots, human interest stories, UNFPA statements, plans of action, as well as internal information briefs for HQ units and other as needed.
  • Develop knowledge transfer notes and orient new staff and those on a mission to East and Southern regions.
  • Document lessons learned and prepare handover notes.

Building and Sustaining Partnerships:

  • Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV and SRH working groups at the sub-national level.
  • Promote, respect, and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV and SRH sub-sector.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors/working groups such as the Health sector, Child Protection Sub-sector, Shelter/NFI sector, Food Security sector, Education sector, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group, etc., to ensure integration of GBV-related action in their sector plans and to advocate for joint awareness-raising for non-GBV specialists.
  • Work with PSEA in-country network to ensure that survivors of SEA have access to services.

Strategic Planning:

  • Facilitate the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Regularly review and revisit SOPs at strategic points throughout the crisis response.
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps and seek solutions to fill gaps. Advocates with UNFPA as sub-cluster lead to address gaps not yet filled by partners.

Any Other Duties:

  • Produce monthly reports documenting progress against work plan.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced degree in Humanitarian Assistance, Public Health, Social Sciences and/or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 7 years of relevant experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency relief management and coordination, public health or other related areas, prior experience in region an asset
  • Proven management, coordination and of programme development skills,
  • Track record of building strategic alliances and partnerships, strong communication and networking skills; strong organizational skills,
  • Appropriate and transparent decision-making abilities,
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN humanitarian relief operations and coordination structures.
  • Prior UNFPA surge deployments are a distinct asset.
  • Experience in the UN system an advantage.


Fluency in English, working knowledge of other languages especially Ukrainian or Russian is desirable

Required Competencies:


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual analysis in the provision of technical expertise – developing innovative and creative approaches.
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners, and building strategic alliances and partnerships – identifying and building partnerships.
  • Job knowledge and expertise – in depth knowledge of their discipline

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click here to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

How to apply

Interested candidate to submit their application via UNFPA Quantum platform by the deadline 21 February 2024 5 PM New York time: https://estm.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_2003/job/16299/?utm_medium=jobshare

Deadline: 21-Feb-24

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