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National Humanitarian Officer- NOC- ISB-1

Job Category:
National Officers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Posted On:
08 March, 2009
Last Date to apply:
21 March, 2009
Experience in years
2 to 4

Minimum of 5-7 years of progressively professional experience in humanitarian affairs, civil-military coordination, emergency preparedness, management of emergency relief, including at least two (2) years of field experience in emergency relief. Relevant professional experience within the UN common system would be a strong asset. Very good knowledge of OCHA’s institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and humanitarian reform is desirable.
Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required.



In order to assist in addressing the humanitarian challenges being faced by Pakistani civilians, OCHA is strengthening its presence in Pakistan in order to provide support to UN agencies, NGOs, donors and other humanitarian organizations working in Pakistan. One of OCHA's strategic priorities for 2008/2009 will be to support the Humanitarian Coordinator in the coordination of humanitarian affairs for timely and adequate delivery of humanitarian assistance and greater protection to the populations in Pakistan affected by the military operations on the border with Afghanistan and possible natural disaster. As such, collation and dissemination of information and field-level coordination will be catalysts in improving the response to humanitarian needs. In this context, OCHA will intensify Information management, resource-mobilization and advocacy efforts.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Senior HAO / Head of Office, the Senior National HAO will be responsible for the following:
1. Support inter-agency contingency planning; Monitor humanitarian risks to ensure that the various contingency plans are consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources;
2. Develop and promote substantive linkages between emergency response, preparedness/prevention, rehabilitation and ongoing recovery programmes as well as with other related areas such as peace building, human rights, etc.;
3. Lead the facilitation of relations between humanitarian partners and the military;
4. Ensure implementation of field-level humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities;
5. Ensure preparation, implementation and monitoring of the designated county’s humanitarian work plan (usually expressed through the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP)/ Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP));
6. Ensure regular monitoring and analysis of developments in the designated country and support the preparation of analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation;
7. Develop and support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaise with humanitarian partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.;
8. Ensure substantial support to sector / cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues;
9. Manage matters related to natural disasters, including drafting situation reports and flash appeals, preparing costs plans for cash contributions made by/through OCHA and final reporting on their use; participation in/support to UNDAC missions;
10. Facilitate / participate in interagency assessment missions to build consensus on sector and geographic priorities;
11. Liaise with humanitarian partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of coordination efforts; and track information required for early warning of potential conflict and conflict-related vulnerability;
12. Support and participate in assessments, lessons learned and evaluations;
13. Participate in the work planning process including support for resource mobilization as well as financial and administrative management, as required;
14. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Head of Office or his/her designate.
Expected Outputs of this Position

Substantive support to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator through the OCHA Senior HAO / Head of Office in servicing the humanitarian community;
Sound analytical inputs that contributes to implementation of appropriate humanitarian strategies;
Development of effective networks and communication channels that contribute to disasters response preparedness and information sharing with partners including national authorities.

Core Competencies:
Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of humanitarian issues , emergency relief and related human rights issues; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to analyze and articulate the  protection dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response; demonstrated problem-solving skills; and very good knowledge of region of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian  protection and  knowledge of the institutions of the UN system; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations; ability to relate humanitarian  protection issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected  region.
Communication – Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations to staff at senior levels, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style.
Planning & Organizing – Ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
Client orientation – Ability to identify client’s needs and match them to appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective and productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; capacity to keep clients informed of [progress or setbacks in ongoing projects. Ability to monitor ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’’ environment to keep informed and anticipate potential problems.
Teamwork – Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree) in political sciences, sociology, law, international relations, or a related field.