Humanitarian Affairs Officer

OCHA, Tombouctou, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st May, 2020


Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
This temporary job opening is being published for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Head of Sub-Office in Timbuktu, Mali. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Head of Sub-Office reports to the Head of Office, OCHA Mali.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/ Head of Sub-Office will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Acts as Head of a sub Office and senior policy officer; advises on overall policy direction on specific issues; and, more generally, reviews and provides advice on a diverse range of policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and the linkages with other related areas (e.g. human rights).
  •  Supports humanitarian coordination structures, especially inter-cluster coordination, in an assigned sub-office;
  •  Takes the lead on access and civil military coordination for the area of responsibility (backstopped by Deputy Head of Office) between humanitarian actors and the multiple international peace keeping forces and other armed groups.
  •  Coordinates international humanitarian response in an assigned sub office and assist in ensuring that inter-agency/organization, NGO, and sector coordination mechanisms are set up and functioning well;
  •  Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials other UN agencies, NGOs and serve as an intermediary between NGOs and OCHA in an assigned office.
  •  Manages the development of work plans of the given sub offices and monitoring related performance.
  •   Prepares policy position papers for review.
  •  Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian response and developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in an assigned sub-office;
  •  Leads and/or participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; coordinates international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying gaps and unmet requirements.
  •  Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, etc.;
  •  Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programs; helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
  •  Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, etc.
  •  Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy related issues in the area of responsibility, including in relation to safeguarding humanitarian principles, humanitarian access, and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
  •  Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  •  Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
  •  Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM:

Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned country/area. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  •  LEADERSHIP:

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

  •  TEAMWORK:

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

 

  •  JUDGEMENT/DECISION MAKING:

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required.
  • Three (3) years of experience at the international level is required.
  • Field experience in the coordination of a humanitarian response in a context of complex emergency or natural disaster is required.
  • Experience in the Sahel region or other similar setting is desirable.
  • Experience in the United Nations Common System or other international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in a peacekeeping context and interacting with international security forces is desirable.

Source: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=136008


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