Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Gender Specialist, P3

Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Gender Specialist, P3

UN OCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Gender Unit, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. 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 principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate for the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Gender Specialist) reports directly to the Senior Gender Advisor and Head of Gender Unit.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Gender Specialist) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area, from a gender perspective.
  • Organizes and prepares reports and studies on gender equality and humanitarian action, gender based violence in emergencies, and other 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.
  • 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 situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries, with a focus on gender impacts and women and girls.
  • Partners with other humanitarian agencies, women’s organisations and gender entities, 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.
  • Supports and assist in the production of appeals for international assistance ensuring gender analysis and gender informed humanitarian funding and prioritisation.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, women’s organisations and gender networks, etc.
  • Undertakes and provides technical support on gender equality programming and field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms with respect to gender equality in humanitarian action. Develop and deliver training as required and relevant pertaining to gender equality in humanitarian action.
  • 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 on gender in humanitarian action, including gender based violence.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on gender on specific topics, policy-related issues and reporting processes including UN-SWAP, and Women, Peace and Security; 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. Collaborates with other OCHA teams and mainstreams gender equality across other OCHA workstreams, including the implementation of the OCHA Policy Instruction on Gender Equality and Gender Action Plan.
  • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance, in particular to women and girls and other marginalized population groups.
  • Organizes and participates in interagency fora, work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on gender in humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
  • Supports the work of the Senior Gender Advisor and Head of Gender Unit, as well as gender focal points.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • • 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.
  • • 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

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

Work Experience

  • 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.
  • Experience in gender equality programming, women’s rights and empowerment, women, peace and security, or gender-based violence is required.

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