UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies and natural disasters.



OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.


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.


This position is located in Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in Addis Ababa.


The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports directly to the Chief of External Relations and Partnerships Section, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch (PRMB).


Responsibilities


Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Serves as policy officer; provides advice on a diverse range of policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and the linkages with other related areas.
  • Prepares policy position papers for review.
  • Promotes awareness of international humanitarian law through participation in seminars, workshops, training sessions.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian, economic, political, social and civil-military factors in specific regions and on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in the region; develops and maintains a “watch list” of countries with potential for humanitarian crisis.
  • Improves dialogue between the United Nations and governments, regional/national organisations, in particular African Union and Regional Economic Communities, as well as NGOs and other institutions.
  • Contributes to better communication of OCHA's priorities and policies in support of the humanitarian response in specific contexts to African Union.
  • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follows-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; and ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant studies.
  • Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, background papers, policy guidelines, country profiles, briefings, case studies
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on the operationalization of the African Humanitarian Agency and related instruments; Participate and brief the African Union Peace and Security Council and facilitate joint missions where necessary and feasible.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues;
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Performs other duties as required.


    Competencies


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of a wide range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues.
  • Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to include ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems.
  • Knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions.
  • Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement.
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and
    human misery).
  • Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian affairs and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations.
  • Ability to relate humanitarian affairs issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected country/region.
  • 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.

    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 work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven 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 desirable.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with or in liaison with the African Union (AU) is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th October, 2018


    For more information and job application details, see; UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


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