Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.
advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
This job opening is being published for a position in in OCHA Pakistan (Islamabad). The Head of Office supports the UN Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator (RC / HC) under the overall leadership of the Director of the Operations and Advocacy Division of OCHA.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, under the overall leadership and direction of the Director of the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD) of OCHA, and supporting the UN RC / HC, the Head of Office will discharge and be responsible for the following functions :
I. Humanitarian Policy
Advise, promote and provide guidance to the UN RC / HC, the UNCT and the humanitarian county team on humanitarian reform initiatives including cluster coordination, humanitarian financing, etc.
II. Humanitarian Programming / Coordination
Consult on a regular basis with the RC / HC, Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes, NGOs heads of mission, the government and the donor community on all appropriate aspects of the implementation and delivery of humanitarian activities, to ensure that coordination structures at local, provincial and national levels operate in a coherent and cost-effective manner.
Support the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian programs, facilitating incorporation of lessons learned, policy guidelines etc.
into humanitarian response activities.
Promote dialogue, regional alliances, sharing of knowledge and resources, among national and, as appropriate, regional humanitarian actors in disaster risk reduction, disaster / emergency preparedness and response.
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the OAD and in partnership with other branches of OCHA, work to reinforce regional networks and mechanisms for swift, effective response to emerging humanitarian situations.
III. Office Management / OCHA Representation
Serve as the OCHA Head of Office in designated duty station, providing oversight of all programmatic / administrative tasks necessary for the efficient functioning of the OCHA office and any sub-
foster teamwork and communication amongst staff; and strengthen linkages between the staff in field, regional and headquarters offices.
Promote OCHA's mandate, objectives and tools in the designated area through contacts with the government, diplomatic missions, UN entities, non-
governmental organizations and the media.
Ensure the Office produces timely, high-quality outputs including comprehensive workplans, concise and factual situation reports, analytical papers, comprehensive and fact-
Perform other duties as requested by the UN RC / HC and / or Director of OAD. Competencies PROFESSIONALISM : Expert knowledge of complex, multi-
Knowledge of OCHA institutional mandate, its policies, and organizational procedures as well as understanding of the core UN policies and guiding principles pertaining to international humanitarian affairs.
remains calm in stressful situations.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
makes tough decisions when necessary.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences, international affairs, political science or related area 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.
Work Experience A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in disaster relief coordination, humanitarian assistance, human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field is required.
Five years of experience at the international level two of which have been in a field location is required. Experience leading and coordinating humanitarian relief operations in complex emergency or natural disaster situation is required.
Management experience at senior level is required. Experience within the UN common system or other comparable international organisation is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-
based interview. Special Notice This post is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and / or availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations is Secretariat and is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. 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.
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