UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal. 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.
This position-specific job opening is being advertised for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Pooled Fund Manager in Dakar, Senegal. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROWCA), the incumbent reports to the Head of Regional Humanitarian Financing Unit (RHFU).
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Pooled Fund Manager will be responsible for the following duties:
I. Representation and Coordination
• Advise the HC on the Fund’s management and CERF processes, in conformity with prevailing policies and guidelines and aligned to the local context;
• Liaise as necessary with relevant OCHA Headquarters (HQ) sections including OAD, Country-based Pooled Fund Section (CBPFS), CERF Secretariat, Donor Relation Section (DRS), and External Relations and Partnerships Section (ERPS);
• Represent the Fund, coordinating with all stakeholders, such as sectors/clusters, humanitarian partners, donors etc.;
• Assist the HC in preparing and facilitating Advisory Board (AB) meetings and other processes;
• Manage and oversee allocation processes, ensuring necessary coordination with relevant counterparts in line prevailing guidelines and best practices;
• Monitor the implementation of Fund allocation strategies as endorsed by the HC, in consultation with HoO, promoting coherence between humanitarian needs and response;
• Review and analyze humanitarian financing and programming issues at the country level to support CBPF and CERF allocations;
III. Financial Management
• Ensure proper financial management, overseeing recipient organizations’ compliance with applicable financial rules and undertaking verification activities in accordance with the CBPF Operational Manual;
• Develop audit plans of NGOs, oversee their timely implementation, and analyze findings to ensure proper follow-up and compliance with financial rules and regulations;
IV. Compliance and Risk Management
• Advise the HCs and the HoOs on compliance and risk management;
• Ensure the implementation of and the compliance with global policies and guidelines;
• Develop the CBPF Operational Manual in line with the CBPF Global Guidelines;
• Ensure proper communication with, and support to, Fund recipients and other stakeholders throughout projects’ life cycles, promoting compliance with applicable rules and governance documents;
• Oversee the development, update, and implementation of the CBPF risk management framework;
• Ensure that grant agreements and supporting documents are accurate and in conformity with Global Guidelines and the CBPF Operational Manual;
• Conduct due diligence reviews, capacity assessments and performance assessments to establish eligibility of, and assign risk levels to NGO partners;
• Implement OCHA’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Suspected Fraud and Misuse of Funds, and on Response to Concerns of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, involving partners;
• Support the review of the Fund by the UN oversight bodies including the Board of Auditors (BoA) and Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS);
V. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation:
• Develop monitoring plans in line with CERF and CBPF guidance;
• Oversee the monitoring of projects to ensure the appropriate use of resources provided and promote learning and best practices;
• Systematically provide information on project status to the HC, the HoO, donors, and relevant advisory bodies;
• Establish reporting schedules for projects and review and clear project reports;
• Support evaluations, reviews and studies as requested by the HC and governing bodies, ensuring due consultation with HQ;
VI. Information Management, Analysis and Communications:
• Ensure the appropriate use of the Grant Management System (GMS), maintaining all relevant information and data in a timely and accurate manner and performing data analyses as required;
• Conduct and update periodic analyses of humanitarian financing information, funding trends and requirements, gathering data from all relevant sources;
• Prepare and disseminate information, reports, and other communication products to different stakeholders about the Fund and its processes, including allocations and achievements (i.e., dashboards, feature stories, photographs/videos, websites, CBPF Annual Report etc.);
VII. Donor Relations
• Strengthen relationships with contributing donors through consistent and proper communication, ensuring timely reporting on the Fund’s activities and funding requirements;
• Develop key strategic partnerships with new donors to achieve a broader donor base for the CBPF;
• Coordinate with other donors, as necessary, to promote coordinated and complementary use of funding;
• In collaboration with DRS, support the HC and the HoO in developing and implementing Resource Mobilisation Action Plans;
VIII. Management of HFU
• Plan staffing and operational requirements and corresponding budget for approval by the HC and the HoO;
• Ensure timely recruitment, induction, training, and performance management in line with corporate frameworks;
• Promote a positive and respectful working environment, upholding OCHA’s duty of care relating to security, health, safety and well-being;
• Perform other duties as assigned by the HoO.
PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, to include approaches and techniques to address difficult problems; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian and protection dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response; ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems; ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights and protection situation in assigned country/area; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff; take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Proven drafting skills. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining humanitarian assistance. Knowledge of the UN common system and NGOs, and commonly used computer applications including MS Word and Excel. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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 (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, project management, budget management, or related area is required.
Experience in project management, including monitoring and evaluation is required.
Experience in grants management and in the design of logical frameworks, including monitoring of humanitarian assistance is required.
At least three (3) years in the past seven (7) years of international field experience (actual setting where a mission or project is being implemented) in aid operations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is desirable.
Experience in the design of policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance is desirable.
Experience within the UN Common System or other international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
The evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the 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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
External candidates (including OCHA temporary appointees and OCHA national field staff) who are selected for a position in field duty stations may be strategically placed on a fixed term appointment limited to a specific position or to a specific country office in accordance to the paragraph 2.2 (b) of administrative instruction ST/AI/2013/1 on the administration of fixed-term appointment which provides that an FTA may be granted to individuals who are « (b) Selected but not reviewed by a Secretariat review body for appointments limited to specific entities ».
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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