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Senior Consultants – Humanitarian Affairs

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
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Posted On:
17 October, 2010
Last Date to apply:
23 October, 2010
Experience in years
2 to 4

Minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency relief, or policy/advocacy work. High level of fluency in English (written and spoken) essential. Knowledge of OCHA’s institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and humanitarian principles reform is desirable.


OCHA supports the coordination of humanitarian affairs for timely and adequate delivery of humanitarian assistance and greater protection to the populations in Pakistan affected by conflicts and natural disaster. Policy analysis and humanitarian advocacy on behalf of affected communities are one of OCHA’s key functions.
Under the overall guidance of the Senior HAO (Policy & Strategic Planning), the National HAO will be responsible for the following:
  1. Regular monitoring and policy analysis of developments in flood and conflict-affected areas. Preparation of analytical reports on factors affecting the humanitarian situation.
  2. Support advocacy initiatives on humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners (UN, NGO and others), government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.
  3. Preparation, implementation and monitoring of the common humanitarian work plan/appeal.
  4. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Senior National HAO and the Head of Office or his/her designate.
This position involves travel within Pakistan to flood and conflict-affected areas.

Expected Outputs of this Position
  1. Sound analytical inputs that contribute to implementation of appropriate humanitarian strategies and advocacy initiatives.
  2. Development of effective networks and communication channels for information-sharing and advocacy.
  3. Substantive support to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator through the OCHA Senior HAO/Head of Office in servicing the humanitarian community.
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 humanitarian 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); 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
 Master DegreeMasters Degree Master’s degree in political sciences, sociology, law, international relations, or a related field.

Must Title Level Description
 Humanitarian Affairs Good