UNICEF, EMOPS Geneva, Core Contribution 2015-2016

Project completed

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Humanitarian efficiency
Material relief assistance
Protection, access & security
Sector not specified
Emergency rehabilitation
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016
CHF  2’000’000
Area of responsibility

UNICEF'S mandate is to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. In emergency settings, UNICEF leads or co-leads clusters of Nutrition, WASH, Education and two areas of responsibility (AOR) in child protection and gender based violence.

The Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) is the focal point for emergency assistance, humanitarian policies, staff security and support to UNICEF offices in the field, as well as strategic coordination with external humanitarian partners both within and outside the United Nations system. EMOPS thus leads efforts to ensure that UNICEF'S role in humanitarian crises is clearly defined, that the organisation is properly equipped to fulfil that role, and that all levels of the organization are prepared to deliver UNICEF'S mandate.

Switzerland's and the organisation's strategic priorities and their coherence

UNICEF's activities and priorities are correlated with Swizerland humanitarian frameworks. UNICEF is an important partner for implementation of Switzerland Humanitarian Aid and is one of the main FDFA partners for the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction, WASH and protection activities as underlined in the Message to the Parliament 2013-2016

Results of the organisation's previous engagement
  • Policy and strategic dialogue between SDC/HA and EMOPS have been strengthened on protection and Peacebuilding issues in fragile and emergency settings.
  • The Swiss presence at UNICEF/EMOPS operational level has been strengthened through secondments (SHA).
  • Switzerland has contributed to the strengthening of the EMOPS Office in Geneva, and interagency cooperation has been improved.
  • The Swiss support has enabled EMOPS to maintain its criticalpresence in Geneva.
Results of Switzerland's engagement in previous phase
  • The collaboration between SDC and UNICEF has been strengthened on several technical areas, namely protection, WASH and DRR.
  • The experience of UNICEF in working in fragile contexts is shared and discussed with SDC
  • Humanitarian Aid is a specific theme during the Executive Boards
  • Discussions on the Transformative Agenda are taking place
Medium-term outcome of organisation's current engagement
  • Policy dialogue on UNICEF's role in emergencies is strengthened (humanitarian partnership and coordination; child protection; peacebuilding)  and interagency collaboration is improved.
  • Support is provided for improved results based management in strengthening the rights of children and women in humanitarian and post crisis situations.
  • The Swiss presence at UNICEF/EMOPS operational level and HQ is strengthened through secondments (SHA).
Effect in Switzerland
  • Humanitarian Partnerships are strengthened; UNICEF humanitarian policies and operations are fully informed by inter-agency developments, including the TA.
  • Effective support is provided to UNICEF offices in Emergency Risk Informed Programming and DRR approaches
  • Effective and inclusive global coordination mechanisms for the assigned clusters are strengthened
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the overall Management of EMOPS Geneva is ensured
Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’000’000
Switzerland's ranking in the DonorOrder


Other donors such as DfiD, ECHO, SIDA, Norway and Netherlands will or might support the UNICEF Geneva EMOPS Division

Coordination with other projects and actors

Switzerland is coordinating and pursuing a dialogue with such donors in foras such as the Executive Board, the ODSG and the GHD. Switzerland's support through this project amounts to around 4.5% of the total project budget.

Project phases Phase 12 01.01.2024 - 31.12.2025   (Current phase) Phase 7 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)

Phase 6 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 5 01.09.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 4 01.09.2011 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)