• Required No. of Employee's : 1
  • Salary : 0.00
  • Duration of Employment : Full Time
  • Prefered Sex : Male/Female
  • Sector of Vacancy : HUMANITARIAN

Qualification/Work Experience :

  • Education Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social, journalism, communications, humanitarian or development aid, law, Sociology, science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, public Information, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required. Three (3) years of field experience in the humanitarian affairs in complex emergency or natural disaster context is required. Management experience is desirable. Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system is desirable. Languages French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice • This temporary position is intended to fill the functions of the duration of 364 days with the possibility of extension. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. • A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further "stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…" Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified. • Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat. • 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions. • The expression "Internal candidates", shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15. • Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. • For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. • The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English. • Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, Inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side of Inspira account holder homepage. • Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application. • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time)on the deadline date. • 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. • Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, selected candidates may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further notice.

Job Description:

  • This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD), 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 advertised for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Yaoundé, OCHA Cameroon. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office, OCHA Cameroon. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: a) Coordination • Leads coordination and public information units and guide/support field offices in performing those functions. • Advises on range of policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and the linkages with other related areas. • Coordinates response to complex emergencies, includes disaster assessment or other missions; coordinates international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of the country. • Spearheads the production of appeals for international assistance, notably the humanitarian Response Plan and the humanitarian needs overview for Cameroon; facilitate the planning process (HPC) among humanitarian key stakeholders and ensure consistent implementation and reporting of field-based response monitoring process. • Acts as CERF focal point for Cameroon, ensures consistent and effective allocation process among UN agency, gathers data and analysis regarding impact and coordinate reporting on the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA. • Initiates and coordinates activities related to technical cooperation and technical assistance projects in disaster response and disaster response preparedness; formulates project proposals and relevant project documents; provides technical support to field work; reviews and clears project reports for submission to Government. • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follows-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; and ensures the implementation of recommendations emanating from relevant studies. • Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, background papers, policy guidelines, and contributes to global UN or IASC-led reports (POC / IATF / PSEA / others). etc. • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes; helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including PSEA and gender-related considerations. • In close coordination with the Head of Office, establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.; ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, etc. • Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues. • Organizes, participates and chairs working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters. • Coordinates the work of the Humanitarian Country team in Cameroon, prepares agenda and delivers minutes, monitors implementation of decisions and insure high standard secretariat support. • On behalf of the Head of Office, chairs the Inter Cluster / Sector working group, prepares agendas, maintains high standards secretariat support and insures effective linkages with the Humanitarian Country team. • In close coordination with the Head of Office, dedicated OCHA staff and humanitarian partners, develops strategies and leads delivery of evidence-based advocacy around issues including access for humanitarian actors, protection of civilians, durable solutions to displacement and civil-military relations. • Plays a leading role in the advancement of the humanitarian-development- peace nexus collaboration in Cameroon, including supporting the further development and implementation of the collective outcome and joint approaches that maximize synergies while ensuring full respect for humanitarian principles. • Insures systematic and fluid dissemination of field-collected information and maintains permanent link with OCHA Information Management Unit securing accuracy and relevance of the information products. •Safeguards permanent two-way information flow between central and decentralized inter clusters / sectors coordination bodies; Leads yearly Inter Cluster / Sector joint field mission to sub-offices in country. • Leads the Coordination Unit internal yearly work planning process and contribute to the Unit budget setting. • Manages the staff of the Coordination Unit in Yaoundé, provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers. b) Public Information • Works with Partners (UN Agencies, Government, International and local NGOs, Donors,) to develop and coordinate and implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign messages and themes into all relevant events and products. • Coordinates, provides advice and expertise to the Head of Office, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of humanitarian-related communications and issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/strategic public engagement issues/problems, to include the provision of an effective crisis communications support and/or surge capacity mechanisms in the event of a crisis in Cameroon. • Develops and participates in strategic partnerships with key constituencies, including members of the United Nations communications groups in the country, to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; may serve on behalf of the Head of Office as a principal liaison to governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc. • Contributes to communication material for OCHA and UN websites and social media accounts, newsletters, periodicals, reports and books, and edits draft materials prepared by junior officers. • Evaluates results and impact of communications activities, reports on developments, trends and attitudes towards humanitarian organisations and activities in Cameroon. • Represents OCHA in meetings and conferences; and assists the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Head of office to fulfilling speaking engagements and advocating issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews regarding humanitarian affairs in Cameroon. • Coordinates OCHA internal daily reporting to Regional office and Headquarter; • Builds information networks and communities of practice; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations both on- and off-line; plans and develops outreach activities. • Manage the Public Information (PI) staff within the office, mentors and supervises the work of junior officers across the country on specific PI projects. • Performs other duties as requested by the OCHA Head of Office and the UN RC/HC. Competencies • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Analytical capacity and particularly the ability to quickly 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, oversee or contribute to research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian 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. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. • 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. Capacity to act as a facilitator between a large number of stake holders; Proven experience on preparation of written reports prepared in an accurate and concise manner; Public presentation and debate direction skills. • 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. • MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. 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. Interested candidates should apply via the website, https://careers.un.org

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