Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Arab Emirates
منذ 5 يوم
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

  • OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies;
  • advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. This temporary job opening is being published for the position of Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officers report to the Head of Office, OCHA Abu Dhabi.

    Responsibilities

    Within delegated authority, the Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer (P2) will be responsible for the following duties :

  • In consultation with the Head of Office, assists in the design and preparation of studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief and related issues and in various follow-up activities.
  • Support the efforts of coordination and liaison the objective of ensuring adequate operational support is provided to the host country, also attend coordination meetings to ensure that the office is adequately informed on key / critical issues associated to the office mandate.
  • Assist in the negotiation with the UAE authorities in increasing their humanitarian support / Aid to other humanitarian crisis and emergencies.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics / issues.
  • Assist in maintaining regular contact with relevant counterparts in the UAE and when requested represent the Head of Office in all events requires OCHA presence.
  • Assist in formulating the Office mandate and activities relevant to support the implementation as well new areas of focus and any contingencies that need to be taken into account.
  • Contributes to the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, talking points and others.
  • Develops and maintains reference / resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific humanitarian-
  • related subjects / issues; serves as reporter to such events.

  • Support and facilitate senior and high level OCHA officials visit to the country and ensure all necessary support is timely coordinated.
  • Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues with specific focus on Yemen and other countries in the region, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area.
  • Participates in technical assistance, disaster assessment or other missions that might be necessary to fulfil the mandate.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Competencies

    PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian issues.

    Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian issues.

    Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection.

    Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.

    Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.

  • g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • 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.

  • TEAMWORK : Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Education

    An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required.

    A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination / United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

    Work Experience

    A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis / emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or related area is required.

    Humanitarian field experience (actual setting where a mission and / or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.

    Experience in the UN Common System is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable.

    No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination / United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

    Knowledge of Arabic language is desirable.

    Assessment

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available for six months, with the possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates, who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.
  • 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
  • Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement.
  • Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions;
  • and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-

    effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    IMPORTANT : Candidates found suitable and not selected for the announced duty station, may be selected for deployment to other duty stations.

    The selection will be for similar functions with similar requirements at the same level.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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