Humanitarian Field Coordinator at UNOCHA

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. Job Title: Humanitarian Field CoordinatorJob ID: 16165Location: Maiduguri, BornoGrade: NOBContract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extensionBackgroundGiven the current crisis in Nigeria, OCHA has to scale up its support to the Humanitarian Coordinator in mobilization and coordination of an effective and principled humanitarian response. OCHA is particularly concerned about vulnerable communities and those at risk due to current conflict. Under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, OCHA maintains an office in Abuja and a field presence in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in North East; the primary objectives of OCHA Nigeria include the following:Advocate for access to basic services, especially water, sanitation, education and health for vulnerable communities, including collection, analysis and dissemination of information and negotiation of access.Coordinate the implementation of humanitarian response in Nigeria with UN agencies and programmes, national and international NGOs and local authorities/communities as appropriate with focus on strengthening the Cluster Approach.Enhance a protective environment that respects the human rights of all, including IDPs, returnees and minority clan.The HAO is expected to have comprehensive knowledge of North East of Nigeria, UNOCHA operations, humanitarian partners, operations of the government and NGOs. As such the HAO provides the elements of institutional memory and local networking essential to the credibility and authority of the statements and documents provided by OCHA and the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator. They work with little supervision in the field, and are expected to prepare concise reports and analysis and are an integral part of the OCHA Team in Nigeria.Summary of Key FunctionsInformation Collection in support of Humanitarian Analysis and Response,Information SharingDevelopment of coordination and cooperation mechanisms among stakeholdersMonitoring and ReportingEnsure accurate Information Collection in support of Humanitarian Analysis and Response, focusing on the achievement of the following results:Review incoming field reports, prepare summaries of field activities and flag important issues to senior managementActively contribute to the Inter-Sector Coordination Working Group and ensure its functionality. Actively collaborate with the various Sectors to ensure an effective, efficient and principled humanitarian response.Actively contribute to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and Humanitarian Needs Overview process, and HRP/HNO Mid-Year Review and End-year Review processes.Gather and verify information on issues affecting the humanitarian situation, emphasizing opportunities for response.Supports field analysis and interface with the AIM working group to extract key action points that need follow up from assessments undertaken and the humanitarian Dashboard.Ensure facilitation of information sharing among partners focusing on achievement of the following:Pro-actively share information with OCHA and relevant stakeholders on pertinent issues.Identify key pieces of information that will assist with organizational decision-making with a particular focus on improving humanitarian response.Ensure the development of coordination and cooperation mechanisms among stakeholders focusing on the achievement of the following results:Support existing coordination mechanisms and assist in the establishment of new field coordination wherever required.Establish relationships with key stakeholders, including non-traditional humanitarian actors, in areas of operation to ensure humanitarian information flow from OCHA to partners and vice versa and ensure their participation in operationsEnsure proper monitoring and reporting focusing on achievement of the following:Field visits to the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and support the collection of field information to monitor and improve ongoing response, coordination activities and information products.Prepare succinct reports on the key humanitarian issues in the districts and workings with state level partners provide analysis on response gaps and advocacy issuesImpact of ResultsThe key results have an impact on the overall coordination of humanitarian and emergency assistance. The root causes of the humanitarian/emergency situations are appreciated, ensuring that strong and effective responses are mounted. This facilitates operational agencies in succeeding in their core objectives, building of strong partnerships with relevant parties and the achievement of OCHA’s objectives.CompetenciesPreparing information for advocacy:Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating OCHA’s prioritiesBuilding Strategic Partnerships:Maintaining a network of contactsMaintains an established network of contacts, including Sector colleagues, for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issuesAnalyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholdersResource Mobilization:Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategyCollects, researches and analyzes information on resource mobilization and utilization, drafts reports and documents and maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors and donor funded projectsPromoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:Basic research and analysisGenerates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing thingsDocuments and analyses innovative strategies and new approachesJob Knowledge/Technical ExpertiseFundamental knowledge of own disciplineUnderstands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the positionStrives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learningDemonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignmentsDemonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignmentsGlobal Leadership and Advocacy for OCHA’s Goals:Preparing information for global advocacyIdentifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for OCHA’s goals for a variety of audiencesMaintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a better understanding of OCHA’s priorities and to support advocacy effortsClient Orientation:Establishing effective client relationshipsResearches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashionOrganizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlinesEstablishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.   

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