Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD) in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. 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.
This position-specific job opening is being published for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Humanitarian Financing Unit and is located in Mogadishu, Somalia. Under overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Somalia, the incumbent reports to the Deputy Head of Office (DHoO).
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Humanitarian Financing Unit, will be responsible for the following duties:
I. Fund Management and Coordination: • Under the supervision of the DHoO and the HoO, advises the HC on the management of the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF); • Manage and oversee fund allocation processes ensuring necessary coordination with relevant counterparts in line with the SHF Operational Manual (OM) and/or allocation guidelines, (i.e. SHF Advisory Boards (AB), Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (I CCG) and cluster coordinators and cluster lead agencies; humanitarian organizations; and OCHA); • Manage the overall administration of the Fund and liaise as necessary with relevant OCHA HQ sections (i.e. OCHA Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD), OCHA Country-Based Pooled Funds Section (CBPFS), OCHA Executive Office (EO) or Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office); • Supervise the Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU); • Monitor the implementation of Fund strategies as endorsed by the NC, in consultation with OCHA DHoO/HoO, promoting coherence between humanitarian needs and response; • Lead in policy development; including the review and analysis of humanitarian issues at the country level, ensuring proper coordination with CBPFS; • Advise the HC and the DHoO/HoO on risk management and risk mitigation; • Ensures implementation and compliance with policies and standard guidelines in accordance with HC decisions and HQ guidance; • Oversee recipient organizations’ compliance with financial rules applicable to the Fund; • Ensure proper communication and support during the allocation process to all stakeholders; • Support recipient organisations throughout project life-cycle promoting compliance with applicable rules;
II. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation: • Ensure compliance with monitoring and reporting requirements in place for the Fund; • Oversee and ensure timely project reporting cycle, including the annual report of the Fund; • Systematically provide information on project status to the HC, the HoO, donors and relevant governing bodies of the Fund; • Support the preparation of evaluations, reviews and studies as requested by the HC and governing bodies ensuring due consultation with relevant HQ sections (FCS, EGS).
III. Analysis, communications and public information: • Conduct and update periodic analyses of humanitarian financing information, funding trends and requirements, gathering data from all relevant sources; • Liaise with OCHA field offices aiming at the largest dissemination of information about the scope, the access and the allocation process of the Fund; • In collaboration with relevant OCHA, field offices and OCHA HQ sections ensure appropriate dissemination of information about the Fund through different communication products (i.e. bulletins, feature stories, photographs/videos, websites, CHF Annual Report etc.); • Perform other duties as assigned by the OCHA Head of Office; • Liaise with contributing donors in and outside the country as necessary; Ensure coordination and information exchange with other donors aiming to promote coordinated and complementary use of funds (including CERF when appropriate); • Represent the Fund and HFU before stakeholders (NGO, UN Agencies, donors) and external actors as required; • Undertake regular field visits to promote the knowledge and appropriate use of the Fund in line with its OM; field visits should focus on key actors (i.e. OCHA field colleagues, recipient organisations; local governments; communities).
PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, to include approaches and techniques to address difficult problems; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyse and articulate the humanitarian and protection dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response; ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems; ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights and protection 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; take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Proven drafting skills. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining humanitarian assistance. Knowledge of the UN common system and NG0s, and commonly used computer applications including MS Word and Excel. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
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.
JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, project management, budget management, or related area is required.
Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.
Experience in project management/project supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and administration is required.
Experience in the design of policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance is desirable.
Experience in the region is desirable.
Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN Common System or other comparable international organization is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
The evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of the funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-general and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
External candidates (including OCHA temporary appointees and OCHA national field staff) who are selected for a position in field duty stations may be strategically placed on a fixed term appointment limited to a specific position or to a specific country office in accordance to the paragraph 2.2 (b) of administrative instruction ST/AI/2013/1 on the administration of fixed-term appointment which provides that an FTA may be granted to individuals who are “(b) Selected but not reviewed by a Secretariat review body for appointments limited to specific entities”.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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