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 organisations 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 of the International Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Senior HAO, based in Islamabad the Reporting Officer will be responsible for the following:
1- Will support the IMO in liaising with relevant counterparts in the affected areas, and Islamabad in order to ensure comprehensive information collection and analysis.
2- Will assist the IMO in preparing information products required to facilitate humanitarian decision-making and or public information / external relations purposes.
3- Will assist the IMO in producing fact sheets and any documents, press conferences and public presentations required by the Senior HAO and/or the Humanitarian Coordinator.
4- Perform any other relevant duty that may be assigned by the IMO or the Senior HAO.
Expected Outputs of this Position
Drafting periodical analytical situation reports on the on-going humanitarian situation and relief efforts.
Assisting and facilitating the information gathering from flood and earthquake affected areas and any other humanitarian emergency.
Assist in the drafting of relevant external relation and fund raising documents including (and not limited to) press releases, flash appeals.
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.
Technology Awareness – Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, internal databases, Internet, etc.
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.