Humanitarian Affairs Officer NOB Mopti

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  • Salary:
    € 17,74 - € 26,25
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  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
    Humanitarian and Crisis Response
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  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is a department of the United Nations Secretariat. Its mission is to mobilize and coordinate humanitarian action effectively in partnership with national and international actors, to alleviate human suffering, advocate for the rights of populations in need, promote preparedness and prevention of disasters and facilitate the establishment of durable solutions.

The Coordination Unit supports the national level humanitarian response programming with IASC members and overseas the field offices in Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao (Menaka), Segou and Bamako. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordination unit supports the fulfillment of its key functions and success criteria:
•    The procedures put in place and the transactions carried out comply with the regulations and rules of the UN.
•    Quality corporate reports are submitted promptly.
•    Inter-agency coordination and planning is carried out on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team that responds to the people’s needs.
•    Outreach and Partnerships with all stakeholders is ensured in humanitarian programming and response.

1.)   Coordination
  •    Monitor, analyse and report on humanitarian, relief/disaster management or emergency developments in assigned country/area. 
•    Organize and prepare studies on humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related issues  
•    Organize follow-up work, including inter-agency technical review meetings to support policy work and decision making on important issues. 
•    Participate in large and complex projects, including disaster assessment and other missions 
•    Assist in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance in complex emergency/disaster situations and ensure necessary support (e.g., staffing, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.) to ensure the success of the project
2.)   Communications 
  •    Prepare or contribute to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g., draft study sections, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.  
3.)   Partnerships 
   •    Serve as the main focal point on specific topics or policy issues; keep abreast of the latest developments, liaise with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provide information and advice on a range of related issues.
4.)   Advocacy
  •    Review and advise on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. 
•    Organize and participate in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to humanitarian assistance and emergency relief.
5.)   Other tasks
  •    Provide guidance and possible supervision to new/ junior staff. 
•    Performs other tasks as needed and in support of team members
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:   This post will be direct supervisor (FRO) to the GS-7 Humanitarian Affairs Associate with specific responsibility to overseas works plans, learning and development, coordination and programme tasks, and provide feedback through performance feedback tools (Inspira).

  • Core
    Achieve Results:
       LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:
   LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously
   LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility 
   LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination    LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner
   LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion
   LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

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. 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.
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.
Communication:   Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Required Skills and Experience

  • <Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in international humanitarian law, international human rights law; development, international relations, political science or other relevant field is required>
  • <At least five (5) years of professional experience in the field of humanitarian or development coordination is required; 
  • At least two (2) years of demonstrated experience working in or with international organizations involved in humanitarian assistance or development cooperation is required; 
  • Proven experience in humanitarian coordination or mediation, international humanitarian law is required;
  • Technical proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet research tools is required;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian issues and the International Architecture for Humanitarian Coordination (IASC) is required; 
  • Familiarity with the United Nations system is an asset;
  • Fluency in both working languages of the UN Secretariat, English and French (both oral and written) is required;

A good knowledge of the regional languages of Mali is an asset.>

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

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