03 August 2011
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT No. 2012/OCHA/Juba/004
National Field Officer, NO-A
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Sudan invites applications from suitably qualified Sudanese citizens to fill the post of National Field Officer (NOA) based in Jonglei State in South Sudan.
Post Title: National Field Officer
Duty Station: Bor
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 year renewable
Closing Date: 17 August 2012
Start Date: ASAP
TERMS OF REFERENCE
I. Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Field Office at the related field office and under the overall guidance of the Head of the Field Coordination Unit, the National Field Officer will be responsible for supporting and strengthening the capacities of the Government of South Sudan and humanitarian agencies to prepare for mitigate and respond to humanitarian emergencies in South Sudan. In particular, the national Field Officer will work with Head of Field Office to monitor and document ongoing and developing humanitarian crises, population movements, and humanitarian space and access within an assigned geographical area. S/he will support the coordination and implementation of inter-agency needs assessment missions, humanitarian response monitoring missions and other field work, and will strengthen humanitarian coordination mechanisms in the field.
II. Specific Tasks:
Support the Head of Field Office (HoFO) in serving as the key focal point within the humanitarian system for NGOs, UN agencies and Government partners within the assigned geographical area of responsibility. Be informed and able to represent the interests of humanitarian actors within a given state or sector and advise on humanitarian priorities and principles.
Build collaborative and effective relationships with all actors, both humanitarian and non-humanitarian, to ensure that all available resources and actors are ready to support humanitarian operations when necessary.
Organize, participate, and lead interagency needs assessments. Ensure key findings, recommendations and final assessment reports are widely disseminated and debated in the relevant forums. Ensure the follow up to the Plan of Action agreed upon on the basis of the assessed needs
Together with the HoFO, ensure implementation of inclusive, field-level inter-agency humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including supporting the HoFO in conducting inter-sectoral coordination at the state level; support a particular sector(s) as requested, including by attending sector meetings, and help to ensure sector is meeting the minimum deliverables, providing support where necessary.
Monitor and track all new humanitarian incidents. Document all developments and share through verbal or written reports/briefings with field-level implementing partners and the OCHA HFCU in Juba.
Support the collection of field information to improve coordination activities and effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities.
Contribute to the development of reporting and public information products through preparation of weekly internal field reports.
Support the OCHA office by participating in, as needed, the preparation and hosting of high-level field visits and missions and assessments, lessons learned and evaluations.
Work in close collaboration with Government authorities and seek opportunities to increase the humanitarian capacity of local authorities.
Ensure the use of gender-sensitive needs assessment, needs analysis and response strategy development. Promote the use of the interagency agreed guidelines, sphere standards, criteria of intervention, and checklists agreed at inter sector level.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the HoFO.
III. Recruitment Qualifications:
Education: Masters degree (or equivalent) in Social Sciences or a relevant field.
At least 2 years experience in a similar position with an international organization engaged in relief and development work in the Sudan.
Experience in conducting humanitarian assessments and in implementing humanitarian programs.
Experience with humanitarian coordination, preferably in leadership roles.
Experience working with Government of South Sudan humanitarian counterparts and capacity building.
Understanding of humanitarian operations and principles
Ability to communicate clearly with a demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of actors under significant time and logistical constraints and deliver results.
Excellent computer knowledge (Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint), E-Mail programmes (Lotus Notes preferred or MS Outlook), Internet search machines and responsible virus free internet usage.
Knowledge of handling GPS receivers and Thuraya phone will be an added advantage.
Sound knowledge of and exposure to the field of humanitarian assistance and ability to identify humanitarian-related issues and to use knowledge/judgement in resolving potential problems, including ability to evaluate information from a variety of sources to assess the impact of the humanitarian situation in assigned field duty station/area/region/area
Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with wide range of actors, including Government, UN, and NGOs.
Proven ability to manage complex information.
Ability to identify priority activities and adjust them as required.
Ability to identify the key issues in a complex situation, and come to the heart of the problem quickly
Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Initiative, independence and sound judgment, maturity and team spirit, problem solving and action oriented
Fluency in oral and written English is essential.
How to apply
Interested and qualified South Sudanese citizens meeting the above criteria should submit the following information to OCHA South Sudan:
1. Cover letter in English (maximum 300 words) explaining why you think you are qualified for this post and why you would like to work for OCHA. Also indicate when you can start work.
2. Completed United Nations Personal History Form (UN-P-11) in English providing full details of education, present and past employment, language skills, computer skills, etc. Please state your full name and the exact job title as the subject in your e-mail application.
Applications received after this date will not be considered. Only qualified candidates should apply, and only those who have been short listed will be contacted.
Applications should be submitted by email to: [email protected]
quoting the vacancy number ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬not later than 17th August 2012. If this is not possible by e-mail, please hand-deliver or send your application in an envelope to the address below before the closing date. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
UNOCHA HQ - OCHA Compound - South Sudan - Juba