Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Special Assistant, P3

Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Special Assistant, P3

UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Khartoum, Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Khartoum, Sudan and will be housed in the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Sudan. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Sudan, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Special Assistant to the HC will be reporting to the HC for Sudan. OCHA is the 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.

Responsibilities

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

  • Provides regular support to the Humanitarian Coordinator;
  • In consultation with the Humanitarian Coordinator and OCHA Head of Office, assists in the design and preparation 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, parliamentary documents 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 production of appeals for international assistance;
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, work shops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views 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;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian 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;
  • 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 and 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, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in development, or related area is required, humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management or rehabilitation.

Desired experience:

  • Work experience in the field (actual setting where a mission or project is being implemented);
  • Experience working in the context of natural disaster response or complex emergencies;
  • Experience in developing, analyzing and reviewing reports for senior management.

Languages:

  • French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and Arabic is required.

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