Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Policy Analysis and Innovation Section, Policy Branch (PB) in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The position is located in New York and the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Innovation Section.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area;
- Organizes and prepares studies and talking points on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues in particular on the humanitarian-development nexus and its linkages to peace, financing in fragility, peacebuilding/sustaining peace, transition and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues;
- Carries out policy analysis on humanitarian trends based on a variety of data;
- Participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; assists in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); drafts reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries;
- Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes in particular on humaniatrian-development collaboration and 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.;
- Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and 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.;
- Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues such as following UNSDG discussion in Strategic Results Group 1 and its related Task Teams; 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;
- 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 and conferences such as the annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum as well as ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters and assists in the representation of OCHA in the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, as well as on the UN-World Bank partnership
- 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. 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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 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. UN field experience is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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