Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
The Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Special Assistant reports to the Deputy Head of Office. OCHA 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. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties :
g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries.
are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms.
ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
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.
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.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Education An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis / emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required.
Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and / or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.
Experience in the UN Common System or other international organization is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable.
Languages French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications, an assessment exercise and / or by competency-
based interview. Special Notice
The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.
If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
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.
However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-
3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position.
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.
An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing conditions 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.
16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
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Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.
Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application : no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.