The Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Cairo facilitates humanitarian action across the Middle East, North Africa. It focuses on a) support to emergency response and b) development of regional coordination networks. For this purpose, the Regional Office works with United Nations and Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Teams, national authorities and relevant humanitarian partners in respective countries and territories. At regional level, it collaborates with regional inter-governmental organizations and the regional offices of Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s partner agencies.
The Regional Office has different program units involved in the above-mentioned activities. They include a disaster response unit, external and media relations, partnership and policy unit and information management unit.
The National Humanitarian Affairs Officer will work as part of the disaster response unit, where he/she will have a key role in managing information and promoting response activities
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, and with guidance from the Regional Disaster Response Advisor, the National Humanitarian Affairs Officer will:
1.Identify information requirements for better understanding and reporting on humanitarian trends and developments in the region;
2.Support the information collection process to improve information products such as mapping of available capacities, who does what and where data base and inter-agency reports; assist with data entry into relevant databases as appropriate;
3.Liaise with humanitarian partners at country and regional level to triangulate humanitarian information and effectively identify and map humanitarian needs and response activities;
4.Track information required for early warning of potential humanitarian emergencies:
5.Prepare briefing materials and presentations providing up-to-date analysis on trends and developments on the humanitarian situation in the region or in specific countries:
6.Promote appropriate preparedness measures in respective countries of the region. As appropriate, facilitate inter-agency contingency planning;
7.Promote the implementation of relevant aspects of the Hyogo Framework for Action by United Nations Country and Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Teams and national authorities; collaborate with relevant regional partners, such as UNDP Regional Disaster Reduction Advisors and the ISDR Secretariat, in this respect.
8.Help with responding to emergencies, such as through drafting of situation reports and supporting the preparation of Flash Appeals;
9.Provide surge support to facilitate emergency response coordination in the region as required;
10.As appropriate, help organize and/or participate in inter-agency assessment missions to build consensus on humanitarian needs and priorities;
11.Support and participate in lessons learned exercises and evaluations;
12.Any other duties as determined by the supervisor and/or the Head of Office.
Required Skills and Experience
Education & Experience:
- Masters or Advanced university degree in political or social science, public administration, law, development studies, international affairs or any other related field from a recognized institution with a minimum of two years’ professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, resources mobilisation as well as good communication skills. OR
- Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree in the above subjects with four years’ experience in lieu of a Master’s Degree.
Fluency in Written and Spoken English & Arabic is required. Knowledge of French and other UN working is an advantage.
Application closing date: 24 July 2019