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Humanitarian Affairs Officer Access Civil-Military Coordination  (Temporary Job Opening) Mozambique-August 2020

Humanitarian Affairs Officer Access Civil-Military Coordination  (Temporary Job Opening) Mozambique

  • OCHA
Closing date

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Pemba, Mozambique. Under the overall guidance of the Head of OCHA’s Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa (ROSEA), the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Access/Civil-Military Coordination) directly reports to the Head of the OCHA Mozambique Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) .


Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Access/Civil-Military Coordination) will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Humanitarian Access:
    a) Supports the Head of Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) in developing and implementing an access strategy for the Mozambique context, including actor mapping, context analysis of access dynamics in Mozambique and the region.
    b) Supports negotiations with relevant stakeholders to establish/maintain humanitarian access
    and resolve any arising constraints, while working to promote a principled, coordinated
    approach to access and share best practice with partners to ensure effective humanitarian
    access strategies across the country.
    c) Supports the maintenance of an up-to-date Access Database, including access tracking, reporting and analysis, providing timely analysis and updates to various coordination fora and
    key stakeholders.
  2. Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination:
    a) Establishes the necessary links with military officers in relevant military forces, and personnel in UN agencies and NGOs, to undertake Civil-Military coordination.
    b) Serves as focal point for policy related to civil-military coordination in close consultation with the Head of Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT).
    c) Leads, if applicable, the development of country-specific guidelines on civil-military relations, based on the current “Guidelines on the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets in Disaster Relief” and “Guidelines on the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets to Support UN Humanitarian Activities in Complex Emergencies”, as well as the “IASC Reference Paper
    on Civil-Military Relationship in Complex Emergencies”, the IASC Discussion Paper and
    Non-Binding Guidelines on the “Use of Military or Armed Escorts for Humanitarian Convoys”, applicable Security Council resolutions and other relevant instruments.
    d) Ensures that the country-specific guidelines, and the generic guidelines mentioned above are
    properly disseminated and understood by both the humanitarian actors and the military forces
    present, as well as by local actors, as appropriate. Promote and ensure adherence to the above
    Guidelines within the entire humanitarian community and advise on potential consequences if
    these principles are compromised.
    e) Organises, with relevant and balanced Humanitarian and Military representation,
    Workshops on Civil-Military relations, by advocating adherence to applicable guidelines and
    principles and focusing on positive examples, contribute to a positive working relationship
    between relevant international military and IASC members.
  3. Humanitarian Affairs
    • Supports humanitarian coordination in Cabo Delgado, including preparation of relevant agendas, background documentation and minutes.
    • Travels, as required, inside Mozambique to provide support to humanitarian operations.
    • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in Mozambique, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Organizes and prepares, if requested, papers on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues in Mozambique, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Organizes follow-up work, including interagency meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Drafts and prepares regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc., highlighting relevant policy and operational factors affecting access, Civil-Military coordination, the humanitarian situation and response efforts.• Assists in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian appeals, including the Mozambique Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
    • Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to humanitarian access, safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
    • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations, particularly related to access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Provides substantial support to sector / cluster working groups and facilitates exchange on cross-cutting issues, including gender, protection, accountability to affected people and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
    • Establishes and maintains contacts with relevant authorities, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, etc. in support of humanitarian access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Supports advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, the media, etc. in support of humanitarian access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. leads inter-agency coordinated needs assessment missions and participates in field trips to review the humanitarian situation, response and coordination, etc. especially in support of humanitarian access and Civil-Military coordination. .
    • Organizes and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters, especially in support of humanitarian access and Civil-Military coordination.
    • Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, including with respect to humanitarian principles and humanitarian coordination. Analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze articulate the humanitarian dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response. Knowledge of humanitarian needs assessments tools and processes. Capacity to lead inter-agency humanitarian field missions in difficult locations. Ability to build strong networks with humanitarian partners. Knowledge and experience of working with humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including Humanitarian Country Teams, Inter-Cluster Coordination Groups and Clusters. Knowledge of humanitarian delivery considerations, including ensuring accountability to affected people and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. 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. 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. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; 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.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.


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. 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.
Three years of relevant experience at the international level is required.
Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) is required.
Experience in the UN Common System is desirable.
Experience in the country context (Mozambique) is highly desirable.
Experience in undertaking access negotiations is desirable.
Experience in civil-military coordination with the UN, or experience in the military forces dealing with major humanitarian operations, is desirable.


French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Portuguese is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications, an assessment exercise and/or by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
IMPORTANT: Candidates found suitable and not selected for the announced duty station, may be selected for deployment to other duty stations. The selection will be for similar functions with similar requirements at the same level.

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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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