Humanitarian Affairs Officer (TJO), P4

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Sep-29-2020
  • Posted
    Sep 16

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the External Relations and Partnerships Section, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, 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 and natural disasters. 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; advocate for the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of External Relations and will cover a specific geographical portfolio.

Responsibilities

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer will:

  • As a senior policy officer, support the Chief of Section and OCHA’s Senior Leadership in outreach, liaison and partnership-building with a particular focus on U.S.-based stakeholders engaged in the humanitarian sector.
  • Prepare policy position papers for review.
  • Leads and/or participates in projects and the development of partnership engagement strategies; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding etc.); prepares reports to supervisor.
  • Support advocacy efforts to mobilize resources including for UN wide Humanitarian Response Plans.
  • Initiates and coordinates activities; formulates proposals and relevant project documents; drafts reports for submission.
  • Organizes and prepares talking points and background notes for leadership;
  • Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, and background papers.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues; 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.
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Participates in planning and preparation of unit budget and work program.
  • Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of wide range of humanitarian/development assistance policy and program issues with a particular focus on the U.S. context, emergency relief and related human rights issues. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related is required.
  • Relevant experience in relationship-management and building partnerships for humanitarian purposes is required.
  • Relevant experience in maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of partners including from governmental, legislative, diplomatic and civil society sectors is required.
  • Relevant experience in the UN Common System or other comparable international organization is desirable.

Languages

  • English or French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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