Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Unit
UNOCHA, Damascus, Syria
Closing Date for Applications:
Org. Setting and Reporting
This temporary job opening (TJO) is being published for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Unit in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic.
This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which 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.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Syria, the incumbent reports to the Deputy Head of Office.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Unit will be responsible for the following duties:
- Acts as Head of Unit and supports the Deputy Head of Office in the day-to-day management of the coordination unit, including in strategic planning, preparation of the annual work plan, performance framework and cost plan of the Office, as well as in related monitoring and reporting.
- Advises the Deputy Head of Office on overall policy direction on specific issues, review and provide 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 protection, transition of coordination to national counterparts and preparation of policy position papers for review.
- Acts as coordinator for the inter-sector coordination mechanisms, supports and coordinates response and monitoring mechanisms related to the multi-sectoral response planning, in line with the IASC guidance and humanitarian principles.
- Provides guidance to the inter-sector coordination unit and coordinate the work in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, along with the Deputy Head of Office.
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian response and developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in the country;
- Leads and/or participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; coordinates international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying gaps and unmet requirements.
- Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
- Assists national government counterparts in capacity-building for handling emergency situations; develops country-specific indicators in collaboration with area experts and ensures the subsequent monitoring of these indicators; recommends actions based on the analysis of pertinent information.
- Initiates and coordinates activities related to technical cooperation and technical assistance projects in disaster response and disaster response preparedness; formulates project proposals and relevant project documents; provides technical support to field work; reviews and clears project reports for submission to donors.
- Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, 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; and ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant studies.
- Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, etc.
- Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes; helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
- Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
- Performs other duties as required.
- 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 two years of additional 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, or other related area is required.
- At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience at the international level is required.
- A minimum of three (3) years of relevant 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 the UN Common System or comparable international organization is desirable.
- Experience in the region (Middle East) is desirable
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.