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National Humanitarian Officer- NOA-PSH

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

At least two years previous professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, management of emergency relief would be an asset. Relevant professional experience within the UN common system would be a strong asset. 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 of the Senior HAO / Head of Office and the direct supervision of the Senior National HAO in Peshawar, the National HAO will be responsible for the following:
1. Provide substantial assistance in the implementation of inclusive, field-level humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities;
2. 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));
3. 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;
4. monitoring of humanitarian risks to ensure that the various contingency plans are consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources; Assist in supporting the inter-agency contingency planning;
5. Support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.;
6. Provide substantial support to sector / cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues;
7. Support the collection of field information to improve coordination activities and information products such as who does what where and inter-agency reports;
8. Assist in 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;
9. Assist in liaising 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;
10. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Senior National HAO and the Head of Office or his/her designate.
This position may involve extensive traveling within the region and temporary posting outside Peshawar.
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 information sharing.

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
YesPolitical sciences, sociology, law, Intl relationsMasters DegreeMaster’s degree in political sciences, sociology, law, international relations, or a related field.