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Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Bangui
Closing Date: Saturday, 17 December 2011
Humanitarian Affairs Officer, P3
Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs
2 December 2011-17 December 2011
Job Opening number
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Central African Republic (CAR). For more details see http://www.unocha.org/. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office.
Provide substantial assistance in the implementation of inclusive, field-level humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities;
Assist in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the designated county’s humanitarian work plan (usually expressed through the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP)/ Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP));
Assist in the regular monitoring and analysis of developments in the designated country and support the preparation of analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation;
Draft and prepare regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts;
Monitor humanitarian risks to ensure that the various contingency plans are consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources; Support inter-agency contingency planning through;
Support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.;
Provide substantial support to sector / cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues;
Facilitate substantive linkages between emergency response, preparedness/prevention, rehabilitation and ongoing recovery programmes as well as with other related areas such as peace building, human rights, etc.;
Support the collection of field information to improve coordination activities and information products such as who does what where and inter-agency reports;
Assist in matters related to natural disasters , including drafting situation reports and flash appeals, preparing costs plans for cash contributions made by/through OCHA and final reporting on their use; participation in/support to UNDAC missions;
Facilitate / participate in interagency assessment missions to build consensus on sector and geographic priorities;
Liaise with humanitarian partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of coordination efforts; and track information required for early warning of potential conflict and conflict-related vulnerability;
Support and participate in assessments, lessons learned and evaluations;
Participate in the work planning process and assist in managing the daily operations of the Field / Sub-Office including support for resource mobilization as well as financial, administrative and security (MOSS / MORSS) management, as required;
Support human resources planning and management in field and/or sub-offices including: recruitment, supervision and support of junior and/or national staff;
Perform other duties, as assigned by the Head of Office or his/her designate.
Sound knowledge of and exposure to the field of humanitarian assistance , protection and human rights issues, strong analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyse the humanitarian dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response
-Ability to identify humanitarian-related issues and to use knowledge/judgement in resolving potential problems, including ability to evaluate information from a variety of sources to assess the impact of the humanitarian situation in assigned field duty station/area/region/area
-Good understanding of institutional mandates, policies and guiding principles related to humanitarian affairs andhumanitarian reform and of the institutions of the UN system, in particular, the mandate and core humanitarian polices of OCHA ; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspective s and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, sociology, international law/international studies/relations, public administration , or related area is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in one of the academic disciplines listed above in combination with qualifying relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, inter-agency coordination, or in other related area are required. Relevant professional field experience (a field setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) is required. Relevant professional experience within the UN common system is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French (oral and written) is required.
A competency based interview and/or other form of assessment will be used to evaluate applicants. Language skills may be tested as part of the assessment method.
– Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
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