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6 Apr 2021

Full-Time National Humanitarian Affairs Officer

United Nations Development Programme – Posted by Gulf Entry Jobs Abu Dhabi

Job Description

Background UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (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 post is part of UNOCHA United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, which in turn reports to the Operations and Advocacy Division in HQ. The National Humanitarian Affairs Officer (NHAO) will report and be accountable to the Head of OCHA UAE. The position will be key in improving the relationship between OCHA Abu Dhabi Office and the UAE Government and UN Agencies and Partners. Duties and Responsibilities • Monitor, analyze and report on developments in the country and their impact on humanitarian response in the countries supported by UAE and UN agencies. • Assist in the drafting of regular daily, weekly and monthly reports for the Head of Office to submit to HQs. • Prepare situation reports and briefing papers on issues related to disaster preparedness and response in country. • Identify and advise on training needs of OCHA partners in UAE on disaster response and response preparedness and organize/facilitate training workshops in consultation with ROMENA or HQ • Serve as the primary liaison between OCHA and the Government of UAE on matters related to disaster response in ROMENA region. • Support the facilitation of missions to the UAE by OCHA senior leadership. • Supervise the maintenance of the humanitarian database and repository of documents, templates, tools, reports etc. • Perform other duties as requested by OCHA. . During disaster or emergency situations • Provide technical and operational advice and support to the Head of Office. • At a senior level Liaise with UAE Government to help the development of strategies for addressing humanitarian needs, such as funding response plans and other humanitarian strategic documents, as appropriate for disaster-stricken country. • Support external relations, public information and advocacy, as well as resource mobilization in close coordination with the Head of Office. • Deploy on surge to the field as required. Impact of Results • It is expected that that this senior level post will contribute to OCHA’s work in UAE to ensure timely, effective and coherent humanitarian and emergency response in partnership with all key stakeholders in the UAE. The post holder will provide senior level strategic, operational and technical advice and leadership to such efforts. Corporate Competencies: • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards; • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of OCHA; • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability. • Treats all people fairly without favoritism; • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other sections and colleagues within the organization; • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment • Self-development, initiative-taking • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively Functional &Technical: • Maintain high level liaison with various arm of the Government of UAE on humanitarian action within MENA region and beyond. • Assist in the organization of training of counterparts at workshops, exhibitions, and expos on the work of OCHA and Humanitarian community. • Maintains an established network of contacts and build effective partnerships with wider humanitarian counterparts and national authorities • Assists in the translation into English important Government of UAE communications to OCHA including reports and memos. • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English. • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure; • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines. Competencies Core Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions Technical/Functional Professionalism Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Communication Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Client Orientation Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Required Skills and Experience Education and Experience: Master’s degree in political or social science, public administration, law, development studies, international affairs or other relevant disciplines with a minimum of five years’ professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness management, development affairs, or related areas, as well as good communication skills. OR Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree in the above subjects with seven years’ experience in lieu of a Master Degree. Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of other regional language is an asset. Other: • Familiarity and good knowledge of social, political and economic conditions in UAE and the region; • Proven abilities in data collection, compilation, analysis and reporting with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and effective oral communication; • Proven skills in conducting and participating in meetings and reporting thereof. • Ability to priorities multiple tasks and work under pressure to tight deadlines • Ability to work with multi-cultural teams and international professionals; • Availability and fitness for travel; Disclaimer Important applicant information All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment. 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Job Categories: Nonprofit - Social Services. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: National Humanitarian Affairs Officer and UNDP.

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