Junior Professional Officer (P2 level), Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Junior Professional Officer (P2 level), Humanitarian Affairs Officer

UN Jobs  in USA from US Agency for International Development

Closing date: 22 Feb 2019

U.S. Citizen Only

Through USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the United States sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for employment in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program.

These fully funded JPO positions strengthen the capacity of UNICEF country and regional offices dealing with humanitarian crises. They further encourage U.S. citizens to become active members of the international community. After completing their JPO assignments, a number of JPOs successfully compete for positions within UN System, and in other international and non-governmental organizations.

I. General Information

Title: Humanitarian Affairs Officer (JPO)
Organization/Office: UNICEF Humanitarian Policy Section of the Office of Emergency Programmes (HPS/EMOPS)
Duty Station: New York City, New York (HQ)
Date Required: As soon as possible
Duration: 1 year (with possible extension for another year)

II. Supervision and Purpose of the job

Title of Supervisor: Humanitarian Policy Specialist (P-4)
The scope of the work of the JPO falls within the below broad results areas, and is framed by the overall objectives of HPS/EMOPS. Within these five results areas, the JPO will particularly contribute to the first and second result areas list below
• Development of policy/guidance on application of Humanitarian Principles and International legal and normative frameworks in humanitarian action, with a focus on Complex and High Threat Environments;
• Institutionalizing policy through Knowledge Management for Learning;
• Development of strategic policy guidance and research on emerging issues;
• Strengthening links between Humanitarian Policy and Programmes;
• Contributions to Inter-agency and Intergovernmental policies, including Humanitarian Reforms

III. Duties, Responsibilities, and Output Expectations

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
• Contribute to the overall implementation of the Humanitarian Policy Section work plan.
• Monitor and report on humanitarian developments in inter-governmental fora, in particular the Security Council, General Assembly and ECOSOC – around humanitarian policy and affairs issues related to Complex and High Threat Environments and broader aspects of humanitarian affairs and humanitarian protection. As requested, participate on behalf of and represent the concerns of UNICEF in inter-agency efforts in areas of humanitarian policy. Conduct the relevant research for contribution to the SG Reports, drawing from UNICEF field experiences.
• Provide research assistance (incl. field documentation) and support for the drafting of briefing notes and for the development and application of existing and emerging humanitarian policies and associated strategic guidance, such as on humanitarian principles and access, the UN Programme Criticality Framework, engagement with non­ state entities, risk management and humanitarian advocacy
• Support the application of policies through contributing to the development of training, lessons learnt, best practice, performance benchmarking and evaluation. Contribute to the strengthening of EMOPS learning strategy on humanitarian issues
• Contribute to the design and organization of inter-agency meetings and conferences. As requested, attend meetings, or accompany others to meetings, and take minutes. Liaise with NGO partners, academic institutions and policy institutes humanitarian issues. Provide some limited basic administrative support to Humanitarian Policy Unit, such as photocopying, faxing, etc.
• Contributions to knowledge management for strengthened humanitarian action, track new external policy and evaluative works from selected key sources, drafting syntheses of these for web-based resources and other dissemination; develop dissemination materials on emerging policy guidance; contributing to general updating and further development of humanitarian policy web-based resources
• Undertake filed missions in support to the above
• Other tasks as requested by the supervisor
Key End-Results Expected
• Specific tasks completed in relation to Humanitarian Policy Section workplan.
• Briefing notes compiled and shared. Inputs for SG Reports compiled.
• Contributions to development of strategic guidance prepared and shared.
• Contributions in the areas of training, documentation of lessons learnt, benchmarks and evaluation.
• Technical assistance provided, participation and contribution in meetings, briefings notes prepared, administrative duties undertaken. •
• Lessons learned and good practice in humanitarian response accessed and shared; and internal policy guidance shared.
• Field missions in UNICEF program countries undertaken
• Substantive support on all other reports, communications, briefings, etc. not covered above.

IV. Eligibility

Education: Advanced university degree in international relations, international law, social sciences, humanitarian assistance or related discipline. Knowledge of humanitarian law and human rights law (desirable).
Experience: Two years of relevant professional work experience at the national and/or international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation or administration.
Developing country work experience or field work experience. Training/experience in emergency response management is highly desirable.
Languages: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.


The JPO Program selection process is carried out jointly by USAID/OFDA and the UNICEF. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. To apply, please send a completed UN Personal History Statement (P11) (see link below), a resume (CV) and a cover letter to JPOCoordinator@ofda.gov. Please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. If you wish to apply for multiple positions, please complete a Personal History Statement (P11) for each position and submit these to us in separate emails with the appropriate subject heading.

Application Details
Please complete the UN Personal History Statement (P11) thoroughly. The P11 provides the opportunity to include all required information in one document, including your professional work experience and references. Please attach a cover letter to explain your interest in the position and interest in working with the UN, along with a general resume. The P11 has instructions on how to complete the profile; however, please be sure to also follow the additional instructions below:
• The P11 must be completed in English only.
• You may leave the signature/date sections blank at this time. If selected for one of the positions, you will then need to submit a signed version.
• Do not submit a photograph.
• Please attach a cover letter to explain your interest in the position and interest in working with the UN.
• Application deadline: February 22, 2019, 5:00 PM Eastern Time
• For more information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions: www.ofdajobs.net/portal/files/forms/FAQ_JPO_OFDA92115.docx
• To apply please go to the OFDA job website: http://www.ofdajobs.net/portal/jpo.aspx
• Hyperlink to P11: www.ofdajobs.net/portal/files/forms/P11Form.doc

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