Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Analysis), P4

Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Analysis), P4

UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Amman, Jordan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), based in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), located in Amman, Jordan.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Analyst reports to the Head of Office and the Deputy Director of the Operations and Advocacy Division of OCHA.

Responsibilities

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

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on trends and developments in the assigned region that may affect the humanitarian situation and related operations, and develops and maintains a “watch list” of countries with potential for humanitarian crisis.
  • Develops and maintains strong situational awareness and analysis to support senior humanitarian leadership with policy and decision-making, based on thorough knowledge and research into a wide range of issues, including humanitarian, development, economic, social and other factors.
  • Provides technical, policy and operational advice relating to humanitarian issues and operations in the region; and, more generally, reviews and 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 and contributes to the development of reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, background papers and talking points relating to humanitarian operations, emergency relief and related issues to support policy development and decision-making on humanitarian related issues.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships with key stakeholders, including UN agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, academia, think tanks and other actors monitoring and analyzing humanitarian issues;
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Supports strategic planning and evaluation of complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes; helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are identified and incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
  • Provides technical and operational support, including through deploying to OCHA offices in the region, to support humanitarian needs assessments and response planning; inter-agency coordination and negotiations with stakeholders on key humanitarian issues, and similar functions.
  • Supports capacity-building for partners and other stakeholders; develops country-specific indicators for countries of concern in collaboration with area experts and ensures the subsequent monitoring of these indicators; recommends actions based on the analysis of pertinent information.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on policy-related issues; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc.,
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of 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.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant experience, including in the region is required.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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