Somalia: Humanitarian Liaison Officer

Overview of 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.

Role objectives:-

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.

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.
• Analyzes 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.

Team management:-


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