The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)‘s overall goal in Lebanon is to support the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) in her work to ensure a coherent and effective humanitarian response to all people in need in Lebanon, in line with the relevant humanitarian response frameworks in Lebanon, including the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), as well as in the context of the response to the Beirut Port Explosion and COVID-19.
OCHA Lebanon’s focus is to:
- Enhance coordination mechanisms at the strategic level, in support of the HC and the HCT to improve planning and monitoring of a joined-up response across all sectors;
- Under the purview of the HC and the HCT, coordinate the emergency humanitarian response to the Beirut Port Explosion and COVID-19;
- Strengthen situational awareness in a fluid context, as well as the analysis of humanitarian needs, gaps and response;
- Mobilize flexible, predictable humanitarian funding; and,
- Advocate for improved protection and humanitarian access.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the immediate supervision of the Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Head of Coordination, in Beirut, the Humanitarian Affairs Analyst will perform the following tasks:
- Provide support in the collection of information in Arabic on the humanitarian situation and response in Lebanon, as well as on political developments impacting the humanitarian situation in Lebanon, particularly pertaining to conflict and access dynamics; analyze and summarize this information in English in a clear and concise way;
- Draft a wide range of written reports, documents and communications providing up-to-date analysis on trends and developments on the humanitarian situation, e.g. letters, speeches, background papers, briefings, presentations, etc;
- Collect and contribute information to update OCHA products (SitReps, governorate profiles, fact sheets, etc.);
- Establish or strengthen partnerships with NGOs (particularly Local NGOs), civil society and local communities, local and national government officials, to strengthen local-level networks and gather information from the field; ensure humanitarian information flow from OCHA to partners and vice versa, and help ensure their participation in the operations and coordination mechanisms;
- Support the organization of and participate in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific coverage areas and coordination mechanisms;
- Support advocacy initiatives on humanitarian concerns and issues (access, protection of civilians, funding gaps, specific vulnerabilities);
- Participate in LCRP sector meetings and field coordination meetings as required;
- Support information tracking required for early-warning of potential emergencies and provide surge capacity to facilitate emergency response coordination as required;
- Support various OCHA initiatives as required, e.g. Access Task Force, CMCoord Cell etc.
- Perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor and/or Head of Office.
Impact of Results
- OCHA Lebanon, the Lebanon RC/HC and OCHA HQ have a strengthened situational analysis on the humanitarian and political situation and trends in Lebanon.
- OCHA strengthens its partnership and network with national NGOs, civil society and local communities in Lebanon.
- OCHA is supported through its wide range of activities by a dynamic staff member bringing local knowledge, networks and in-depth analysis to OCHA’s activities.
- Demonstrates integrity through adherence to UN 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;
- Demonstrates ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other sections and colleagues within the organization, and within the humanitarian community.
- Promotes knowledge sharing and a learning culture in the office;
- Ability to research best practices and propose new, effective ways of doing things;
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other sections and colleagues within the organization;
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national authorities and other organizations;
- Focuses on impact and results, and responds positively to constructive feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive attitude;
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development and applies newly acquired skills.
- Familiarity and good knowledge of humanitarian, social, political and economic conditions in the country;
- Proven abilities in data collection, compilation, drafting, analysis and reporting;
- Ability to write and communicate orally in a clear and concise manner and effective oral communication;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with a wide variety of government, UN and NGO stakeholders;
- Experience in conducting, participating in and reporting on meetings;
- Computer literacy;
- Strong translation skills (Arabic-English) desirable.
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or Master’s Degree in social science, public administration, law, development studies, international affairs or other relevant disciplines.
- Minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience with a University degree or two (2) years with a Graduate Degree with professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency relief management, development affairs, or related areas, as well as good translation skills..
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is essential. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
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