Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer, SC-8, Cox's Bazar (104031)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Operational readiness is central to optimizing the speed, volume and quality of humanitarian assistance to be delivered during a large-scale disaster. The way emergency responses are operated has a massive impact on the speed and quality of the assistance provided to disaster victims.

Enhancing resilience for vulnerable communities has been a core foundation of WFP’s work in Bangladesh for decades. WFP commits through its new Country Strategy Plan (CSP) for innovative approaches to enhance resilience so that improvements in livelihoods, food security and nutrition are not repeatedly lost in areas, which are most exposed to climate-related shocks.

Since 2017, the risk landscape of Cox’s Bazar has significantly changed - particularly in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas - with the mass influx of Rohingya refugees, double in number compared to the local population, and posing significant additional demands on the Administration, as on the emergency infrastructure. Any response to large scale disaster will require to consider both the local population and the Rohingya refugees and will need appropriately adapted capacity and resources.

The overall goal of the project intervention is to support the ISCG in enhancing disaster response preparedness for the refugees and for the surrounding host communities. The intervention will contribute to update and improve inter-sector and agencies contingency plans, at both district and local level, and to ensure that the coordination mechanisms are in place between the national and local levels.


The purpose of this position is to provide support to the ISCG in coordinating EPR operations within the overall refugee response.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The team member will work under the direct supervision of the International EPR Advisor.

The overall aim is to provide technical support to the ISCG on its preparedness and response to monsoon and cyclonic disaster risks, focusing on planning, capacity development, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation of critical experiences. More specifically the EPR Officer will:

  • Support the ISCG in coordinating emergency related activities within the overall refugee response, such as dealing with cyclones, flooding, landslides, or other sudden-onset emergencies affecting the refugee population and surrounding host communities;
  • Support the work of the ISCG EPR advisor in Cox’s Bazar;
  • Coordinate on behalf of ISCG with relevant emergency related working groups and task teams across sectors and agencies response, to ensure effective coordination of EPR plans and processes, identify key gaps, and propose solutions;
  • Facilitate the work of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force (EPTF) chaired by the EPR advisor;
  • Work closely with the ISCG government liaison staff on EPR related issues;
  • Facilitate follow up with technical and other coordination mechanisms, jointly with partners and government agencies;
  • Oversee timely incident reporting; and ensure that emerging trends and risks are identified and triggered into action;
  • Manage Early Warning information analysis and appropriate dissemination to actionable mode, including alerts on cyclones, heavy rains, or other risks;
  • Support Strategic Operational Coordination processes, including inter-sector and inter-agency contingency planning, soliciting and negotiating response mechanisms with relevant authorities;
  • Maintain contacts with government, military and local authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, media, and donors, as required to support EPR activities in Cox’s Bazar and in the field; and
  • Ensure that the latest policies, lessons learnt, including Gender and PSEA related, are integrated into EPR coordination, and mechanisms.



  • University degree in relevant discipline.


  • Minimum of five years professional experience in humanitarian emergency preparedness & response and Disaster Risk Management. Experience in Project design and management;
  • Experience in emergency coordination in disaster response, and contingency planning;
  • Experience with Emergency Operations Centres, with Incident Command System, Civ-Mil coordination preferable;

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated understanding of EPR related areas and excellent in coordinating with Government agencies, International agencies. Experience in facilitating/training in EPR is a plus;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, consistency in follow-up, ability to work with diverse teams, capability and initiative to provide timely technical advice and independent ability to facilitate coordinated planning and subsequent follow-up on implementation and reporting;
  • Action management and results orientation;
  • Identifies early warning indicators and reacts on them;
  • Strong capability to manage and collaborate across organizational units;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multidisciplinary/multicultural team;
  • Proven capacity to coordinate and communicate with Government officials and cooperating partners


  • Bangla as Mother tongue.
  • Excellent English language skills and demonstrated ability to represent humanitarian agencies in fora and other external engagements; demonstrated strong analytical and report writing skills.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


Contract Type : Service Contract, SC8

Contract Duration : 6 months

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi

Monthly Salary : BDT. 188,945

Number of post : 1


23 March 2019


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

This vacancy is archived.

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