Somalia: Humanitarian Liaison Officer

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION

Somalia has been suffering from a long-running civil war and natural disasters since 1991. In the first quarter of 2015, about 730,000 Somalis are unable to meet their daily most basic food needs. Over 1.1 million Somalis, the majority women and children, remain displaced and live in sub-standard conditions in overcrowded settlements; those living in urban areas are among the most vulnerable and make up 76 per cent of those unable to feed their families without assistance. Overall, some 1.7 million people or 40 per cent of the 4.6 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and livelihood support.

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

Role objective:

Under the overall guidance of the Humanitarian Coordinator and direct supervision of UNOCHA Head of Office, the Consultant will play a key role in ensuring liaison between the Ministry of Interior and Federalism, any other relevant FGS ministries and the humanitarian community are met.

Expected output:

Activities include but are not necessarily limited to the following tasks:

1) Develop and implement proper strategies which will be suitable with local contexts

• Assist with the development and implementations of strategies aimed at building the capacity of local authorities and communities to better respond to humanitarian crisis.

• Assist in the development of appropriate strategies to improve the application of humanitarian principles and develop ground rules for humanitarian interventions.

2) Develop and maintain coordination and cooperation mechanisms among stakeholders

• Support the coordination of humanitarian interventions through developing routine information and idea exchange with local and international aid actors, and participating in and facilitating joint field assessments, evaluations and routine monitoring mechanisms

• Support, in collaboration with UN agencies, NGOs and other local partners, the review and monitoring of the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan in the relevant area of operation.

• Seek ways to improve the participation of local actors in the relevant area of operation, including authorities, beneficiaries, and civil society, in the planning and implementation of aid activities.

Project reporting:

Director of Humanitarian Affairs

Team management:

None

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

Education:

§ Master’s degree in in Political Sciences, Economic Development, Social Affairs, Law, Administration, Engineering, or related field and/or Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Economic Development, Social Affairs, Law, Administration, Engineering, or related field.

Work experience:

§ Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Humanitarian Aid experience and/or minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Political Reform experience.

Geographical experience:

§ Minimum of 5 years of experience in Africa and/or Africa with local experience in Mogadishu is an advantage.

Languages:

§ Fluency in English and Somali are essential.

Key competencies:

Level 1.2: preparing information for advocacy

• Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UN’s priorities

• Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of Humanitarian Coordinator‘s development agenda and to support advocacy efforts

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 1.2: Maintaining a network of contacts

• Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues

• Analyses and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis

• Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

• Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches

Other relevant information:

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