Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Strategy, Planning, Evaluation and Guidance Section (SPEGS) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Humanitarian Affairs Officer will report to the head of the Evaluation and Oversight unit in SPEGS. SPEGS is responsible for coordinating corporate planning for OCHA. It advises senior management on strategic planning issues as well as operational work planning in addition to coordinating and advising management and OCHA stakeholders on internal as well as inter-agency humanitarian evaluations.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1.Participates in the organization, management and preparation of evaluations and studies on humanitarian emergency relief, humanitarian financing and related issues, and ensures that evaluations adhere to professional norms and standards; plans and organizes follow-up work, including interagency meetings to support policy development work and its use in decision-making and organizational learning.
2.Participates in large and complex humanitarian evaluations and other evaluative projects to review the coordination of international humanitarian assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and ensures the necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); drafts summary and lessons learned reports.
3.Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area.
4.Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
5.Support planning, including fund raising for evaluations and other evaluative studies; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
6.Establishes and maintains contacts with partners, including other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
7.Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance, surveys, evaluation and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms.
8.Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. evaluation reports, background papers, policy guidelines, , briefings, lessons learned documents, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
9.Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or evaluation and policy-related issues; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate evaluation, monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
10.Organizes and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
•Contributes to the development of management response plans and related documentation, providing advice on the prioritization of oversight and evaluation findings and recommendations to support decision-making processes.
•Provides follow up to the implementation of annual work plans, oversight and evaluation recommendations, ensuring maintenance and updating of the recommendations database and drafting periodic reports on their implementation in order to contribute to organizational learning and development.
11.Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
12.Performs other duties as required.
•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Knowledge and experience in strategic planning, conducting surveys, evaluation, including UNEG norms and standards as applied to humanitarian evaluations. 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 judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned country/area. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, strategic planning, development, or other related area. Background and experience in planning and designing surveys, evaluation, as well as good knowledge of professional evaluation standards and methods is highly desirable for this post.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Notes: This position is available for 364 days subject to the availability of funding.
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