The post is located in the office of Regional Office for Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (ROMENACA) in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Head of Office (ROMENACA).
• Analyze, prepare position reports and provide advice on a range of policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance; • Prepare regular situation reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts; • Support and facilitate the development and implementation of inclusive, field level humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including managing working relationships between funding and implementing agencies of the UN, NGOs and other humanitarian partners in line with the Humanitarian Reform agenda. • Support the preparation, implementation and monitoring of relevant humanitarian work plan (usually expressed through the Common humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP)/Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP)), soliciting and negotiating inputs with relevant authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, etc.; • Facilitate substantive linkages between emergency response, preparedness/prevention, rehabilitation and recovery programs, as well as with other related areas such as peace building, human rights, etc.; • Facilitate / participate in interagency assessment missions to build consensus on sector and geographic priorities; • Assist in matters related to natural disasters and new emergencies including monitoring and reporting, supporting United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) missions, preparing, monitoring and reporting on appeals, elaborating costs plans, initiating lessons learned, etc.; • Consult UN agencies, NGOs, the diplomatic community and non-state actors in order to develop strategies to identify and track information required for early warning of potential conflict and conflict-related vulnerability. • Liaise with humanitarian partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of coordination efforts; • Foster and reinforce linkages between field monitoring, information management and coordination efforts; • Support inter-agency contingency planning efforts, ensuring linkages between various contingency plans, adequate pre-positioning of stocks as required, etc.; • 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.; • Work with partners to assess disaster response capacities and mobilize support to enhance emergency preparedness in the region. • Organize and facilitate training and other relevant activities aiming at strengthening the capacity of humanitarian partners, national authorities and regional bodies to respond to an emergency in coordinated fashion and/or to help mobilize international humanitarian assistance; Sub-office management in designated field duty stations (if applicable): • Manage day-to-day activities of the OCHA sub-office, providing oversight for all substantive/programmatic, logistics, administrative, and security issues. • Provide leadership and work direction to a team and mentor/supervise the work of new/junior officers. • Take lead in the planning and budgeting process, support resource mobilization and ensure sound financial management. • Oversee and monitor human resource requirements of the sub-office including planning and overseeing the selection of field staff as well as supporting the overall development of field staff, fostering teamwork and communication amongst field staff, and promoting linkages between field staff and relevant regional and headquarters colleagues. • Ensure the Office produces timely, quality outputs including comprehensive work plans, concise and factual situation reports, analytical papers, comprehensive and fact-based information products, etc. • Be able to travel extensively in the region. • Perform other duties, as required.
Professionalism: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of humanitarian assistance, protection and human rights issues, strong 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 to use sound judgment in resolving a wide range of problems; including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources to assess the impact of the humanitarian situation in assigned country/area; ability to work under pressure, including in insecure environments; solid understanding of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and humanitarian reform and of the institutions of the UN system, in particular, the mandate and core polices of OCHA; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Good knowledge of and experience with the Arab region. Strong information management capability.
Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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.
Managing Performance: Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; ability to ensure that roles and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines; and, ability to judge the amount of time and human resources needed to accomplish a task and match task to skills.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, sociology, international law, development studies/relations, public administration, information management, or related area of studies is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in one of the academic disciplines above in combination with relevant qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and response, inter-agency coordination, or in a related area of expertise of which at least several years are at the international level. Professional field experience (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency and/or natural disaster) is desirable. Experience in the UN common system is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.
A competence-based interview and/or other form of assessment will be used to evaluate applicants. Language skills may be tested during the interview process, as appropriate.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
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