OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


  • 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.

    Responsibilities

    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 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.

    • Develops key strategic partnerships with new partners to achieve a broader partner base for OCHA.

  • This would entail devising specific and tailor-made strategies for outreach to a number of partners, and prepare and maintain partner profiles as relevant.

  • If required, 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.

    • Advocate and mobilize resources towards Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs), Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) and OCHA's core programme.

    • Assist in resource mobilization effort including the preparation of fund request documents and reporting responsibilities;

    • Focal person for CERF including the preparation of strategy papers, application documents and reports.

    • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.

    • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.

    • 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; 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, 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.

    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.

    • Planning and Organization 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.

    • Client Orienation 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 clients.

    Education

  • An 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, is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional 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.

  • At least two (2) years of relevant experience at the international level.

  • Working experience in external relations through developing and nurturing relationships and partnerships with national and international organizations donors is required.

  • Experience working in a field location with the United Nations Common System or comparable international organization is desirable

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

  • For this position, fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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