Posting Title: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/ Oversight and Compliance, P3
Job Code Title: HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 April 2023 – 11 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA-204777-R-New York (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThe position is located in the Country Based Pooled Funds Section (CBPFS), Pooled Fund Management Branch, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division of the United Nations 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 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 the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. This position-specific job-opening is being advertised for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Oversight and Compliance) in New York, USA. Under the overall supervision of the Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Chief of CBPF Section, the incumbent will report to the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of the Oversight and Compliance Unit in CBPFS.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Oversight and Compliance) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area which may impact performance of specific Country-Based Humanitarian Pooled Funds (CBPFs).
- Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follow-up work, including reviewing the compliance of implementing partners in terms of contractual obligations. Responsible for ensuring timely follow-up to any concerns raised.
- 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.
- Maintains a record of ongoing cases of alleged fraud or misuse of funding in the context of Country-Based Humanitarian Pooled Funds.
- Ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA. Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, internal oversight departments, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, etc.
- Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to provide fraud prevention training and undertake in-depth reviews. . Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, related to OCHA response to investigation cases into implementing partners implicated by allegations of fraud or misuse of funding in the context of Country-Based Humanitarian Pooled Funds.
- Serves as focal point on compliance and oversight issues related to implementing partners in CBPFs; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides appropriate follow-up to suspected and confirmed cases of fraud. Reviews and provides advice on policy issues and management response related to audits and evaluations.
- Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
- Performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian 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. Proven written skills in drafting communications, talking points, meeting minutes and presentations pertaining to humanitarian financing. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
EducationAn 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 two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required. Experience in prevention and management of fraud and/or SEA in humanitarian response is required. Experience in the design of global policies, guidelines, and training, pertaining to humanitarian financing and prevention and response to fraud or SEA is required. Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organization is desirable. Two (2) years of relevant international field experience in the last five (5) years in a humanitarian setting is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
AssessmentThe evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThe position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and availability of 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.
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