Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Juba, South Sudan, in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA South Sudan, the incumbent reports to Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Access Unit, serving as Secretariat of the Access Working Group and linking the Inter Cluster Working Group into access-focused issue.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Classifies and cleans access incident data on a weekly basis while also participating in monthly access analysis meetings;
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area;
- Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues;
- Drafts and prepares regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts.
- Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues;
- Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations;
- Provide substantial support to sector/cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues;
- Manages the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA;
- Assists in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Office’s humanitarian work plan;
- Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.;
- Undertakes and provides support and technical assistance to other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms;
- Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.;
- Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance;
- Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters;
- Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff;
- Performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Demonstrates analytical capacity including 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;
- 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;
- CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required. Field experience in humanitarian affairs in a complex emergency or natural disaster context is required. Experience with inter-cluster/agency coordination in the humanitarian context is desirable. Experience in humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organisation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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