Humanitarian Project Officer

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    Humanitarian and Crisis Response, Project Management
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Sri Lanka
6 months

Open recruitment (advertised)

Advertisement end date:10/01/2024

Description of assignment title
Humanitarian Project Officer

Assignment country
Sri Lanka

Expected start date

Sustainable Development Goal
3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category
International UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity
UNFPA Sri Lanka


6 months
(with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments

Duty stations

Mission and objectives
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

In Sri Lanka, we deliver this mandate based on principles of human rights and gender equality by advocating for rights-based gender responsive & transformative policies that enable the full realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young persons potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three
transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver
excellence in programme results.

The UNFPA Sri Lanka Country Office is implementing humanitarian and development projects and will require Japanese international personnel to be actively involved in the project implementation funded by the Japanese government.

Task description
Under the overall supervision of the country Representative, under the direct supervision of the Nexus Specialist, the Humanitarian Project Officer will be responsible for supporting the effective implementation of humanitarian
response, recovery efforts bridging towards sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

In addition to coordinating and supporting the field based response in the selected regions, the specialist will provide technical support and training to the implementing partner project team and stakeholders on various capacity gaps identified.

● Contribute to the review and/or development of detailed work and activity plans for the humanitarian and
development projects related to resilience building with the program manager and in accordance with
program document and donor agreements.
● Monitor adherence to work plans, deadlines and budgets.
● Regularly monitor budget implementation, with the support of the M&E officer and in close coordination with the project team.
● Facilitate timely narrative and financial reporting
● Monitor project progress by assisting with the development of monitoring systems for tracking progress in area of responsibility and relevant locations.
● Identify challenges and bottlenecks and make recommendations on corrective action to be taken
● Document best practices and share lessons learnt
● Contribute to the development and maintaining of positive relations with government counterparts, implementing partners and regional state authorities at technical level on assistance to affected populations.
● Assist Nexus specialist and work closely with the project and communications teams in the country office to identify new project opportunities and provide regular updates on activities for purposes including ensuring appropriate donor visibility and project implementation sites
● Provide guidance and support to project field staff (including development/revision of standard operating procedures and technical notes) and technical support on synergies between head and field office on the efficient use of resources.
● Check that the integration of cross-cutting issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and other vulnerable groups are considered in the mobile/outreach and youth friendly project design, budgeting and implementation.
● Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Eligibility criteria
27 – 80

Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Required experience
3 years of experience in ● Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations, or a related field with two years of relevant experience. Or a University degree in the above fields or related fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
● Good oral and written English language skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
● Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
● Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and
collaboratively with the UNFPA team, recruitment teams, and UNFPA job applicants.
● Excellent coordination, organization, and time management skills.
● Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work
effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
● Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word,
etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
● Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
● Have affinity with or interest in UNFPA’s work, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development,
and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise
Development programmes, Crisis and emergency response, Energy and environment

Driving license

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level
Master degree or equivalent in Political or Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations or a related field.

Competencies and values
Exemplifying integrity,
● Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
● Embracing cultural diversity,
● Embracing change
Core Competencies:
● Achieving results,
● Being accountable,
● Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
● Thinking analytically and strategically,
● Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
● Communicating for impact

Other information
Living conditions and remarks
Sri Lanka is an island nation located off the south coast of India. It’s home to an estimated population of over 21 million people. It is a multi-ethnic, multi- cultural and multi- religious country. Colombo is situated in the
Western Province of Sri Lanka and is the commercial capital of the country. The city is located on the west coast of the island, adjacent to the administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Bandaranaike International Airport is located 35km from Colombo and is served by the main international airlines.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with moderate temperate and high humidity all throughout the year. Average temperature in Colombo ranges between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. The island experiences two main monsoon
seasons, where heavy rainfalls occur, from May to August and October to January. Sri Lankan food is characterized by fragrant spices, all forms of coconut, and rice. Rice and curry are the main dishes. Sri Lankan cuisine tends to be quite spicy.
There are hotels and other types of accommodation options available in Colombo. Supermarkets, banking and medical facilities are present within the city. Telephone and Internet service is widely available. Phone plans and
data are inexpensive; however, you should not expect internet service to work consistently or at high speed.
At present Sri Lanka is undergoing high inflation and an economic crisis. The public unrest and protests are common. The prices of common commodities fluctuate on a daily basis and shortages can also be experienced.
Main health advisories are related COVID 19 and Dengue, which is also highly prevalent in Sri Lanka, especially after the rainy seasons. Mosquito repellant is available in all local drug stores.

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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