Programme Officer (Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction)

Temporary Appointment: Programme Officer (Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction), NO-1 Level, Ha Noi, Viet Nam (For Vietnamese Nationals)

Job no: 566164
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Hanoi
Level: NO-1
Location: Viet Nam
Categories: Programme Management

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Please click the below link for further information about UNICEF Vietnam.

For every child, an inspiration...

Viet Nam faces the harsh impacts of climate change, placing it among the countries most affected. Over the past decade, the country has endured numerous large-scale climate-induced disasters that have significantly impacted millions of children, their families, and communities. As a result, disaster risk reduction, climate action, emergency preparedness, and response have become crucial cross-sectoral priorities.

In recent years, Viet Nam has taken significant steps to address climate change as a top developmental agenda, especially in its commitments during COP-26, where Vietnam pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, the country's existing policies, legislation, and institutional capacities have not adequately focused on managing the risks and vulnerabilities faced by the most marginalized children, their families, and communities. It is, therefore, critical for UNICEF to emphasize a more child-centric approach to climate change and environmental protection policies and capacity-building efforts. This effort should encompass risk-informed programming, child-centred disaster risk reduction (DRR), and climate action, recognizing them as critical drivers for sustainable development.

The incumbent Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (CC & DRR) Officer is expected to play an important role in supporting the acceleration of child-centred climate action, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness initiatives in Viet Nam, as outlined in the Country Programme Document for 2022-2026.

The duration of this temporary assignment is 364 days, with possibility of extension based on the need of the programme, availability of the funding and the performance of the incumbent. 

How can you make a difference?

The incumbent in this role will report directly to the Programme Specialist (Climate Change, DRR, Emergency) and:

  • Provide input, assistance, and coordination in conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments, contributing to enhancing the quality of programme planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Provide support for programme planning; facilitate the efficient implementation, monitoring, and documentation of child-centred climate change and disaster risk reduction projects, including emergency preparedness & response.
  • Provide support for effective coordination of CCDRR and emergency preparedness & response efforts among programme sectors, namely health & nutrition, WASH, education, child protection, social policy, and communications.
  • Contribute to emergency preparedness and response, ensuring the integration of child-centred approaches and effective coordination for timely and efficient interventions.
  • Provide support and engage in policy advocacy by providing valuable inputs and insights and contributing to knowledge management initiatives. This includes disseminating information and utilising knowledge and skills to ensure a child-centred approach to climate change, disaster risk reduction programmes, and emergency preparedness and response.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the shared or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end results. In the context of the One UN, the incumbent will support the CCDRR specialist to work closely with other UNICEF programme sections, UN agencies and other partners engaged to ensure cross-sectorality of child-centered disaster risk reduction and climate actions, in alignment with corporate strategies - UNICEF Strategic Plan and risk-informed programming:

  1. Risk monitoring and assessment
  2. Work plans development, implementation, and M&E
  3. Knowledge management and fundraising
  4. Emergency preparedness and response
  5. Effective advocacy and partnership building.

Full Tasks/Accountabilities as attached Download File JD Program Officer CCDRR.pdf

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


University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Environmental Science, Climate Change, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development or a field relevant to development assistance.


  • At least 01 year of professional work experience in child-centred approaches to climate action, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian actions in international development organizations, national government, and or the private sector.
  • Working experience in the UN and UNICEF is an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response), and inter-agency work is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Vietnamese. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF core competencies required for this post are:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Qualified candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. CV

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate. 

Life at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Our contracts, wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan (

Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, family support, policies & initiatives, security, reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Professional Development: The encouragement of professional development for all staff is one of UNICEF’s core values and we put this into practice through various services and initiatives. You will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Be part of the United Nations: As an International organization that is part of the United Nations system, you will be considered an International Civil Servant and you will have career opportunities inside and outside the country.

Quality working conditions:

The workplace and working conditions are a huge asset for all UNICEF employees. Our staff are working in the Green One UN House- the first building in Viet Nam to be awarded gold LOTUS certification from the Viet Nam Green Building Council for efficient and environmentally sustainable use of resources and operations.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.? Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 26 Sep 2023 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 10 Oct 2023 SE Asia Standard Time

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