Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), 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 principles 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.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- In consultation with a senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, assists in the review of CERF proposals for funding;
- Contributes to the analysis of studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief and related issues and in various follow-up activities;
- Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues;
- Contributes to the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, etc.;
- Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally;
- Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, work shops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges on the CERF funding criteria and application process on specific humanitarian-related subjects/issues; serves as reporter to such events;
- Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, country or region concerned;
- Participates in technical assistance or other missions;
- Participates in project/programme formulation;
- Performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related human rights issues. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). 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;
- COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
- 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.
A first-level university degree in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field, is required.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or related area is required. Experience with or knowledge of humanitarian financing or humanitarian programme cycle is desirable. No experience is required for candidates who have passed the YPP, NCRE or G to P examinations.
English and French are the official languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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