OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Mar 27, 2020Mid-level
Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. 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. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned area. • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues. • Organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues. • Drafts and prepares regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts. • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc. • Assists in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Office’s humanitarian work plan, usually expressed in the Humanitarian Response Plan. • Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues. • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. • 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. • Provides substantial support to sector / cluster working groups as required and facilitates exchange on cross cutting issues. • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc. • Supports advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, the media, etc. • Manages the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA. • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country work mechanisms. • Organizes and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters. • Performs other duties as required.