Job Vacancies UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Position: Junior Research Expert – Consultant
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Pursuant to a request by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have jointly commissioned an independent study on the ‘Impact of National Counter-terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action.’ The Study is guided by an Advisory Group composed of prominent experts. In support of this overall Study and as a member of the OCHA-NRC Project Management Team, the aim of this consultancy is to assist the members of the OCHA-NRC Management Team, the Research Team and the Advisory Group, in the administrative, logistics, and certain substantive aspects of the research, to ensure quality progress is made in a timely, smooth, efficient and effective manner.
TOR / RESPONSIBILITIES:
The consultant will work under the overall guidance of OCHA’s Chief of the Protection of Civilians Section, reporting through OCHA’s Focal Point of the Study on the day-to-day tasks, in order to support the members of the Project Research Team, the Advisory Group, the OCHA/NRC Project Management Team, and potentially others, as may be required by OCHA’s Focal Point of the Study.
S/he will undertake the following tasks:
1. Assist the OCHA Project Focal Point in managing the Study by carrying out day-to-day administrative and logistics tasks, as well as certain substantive aspects associated with the Study;
2. Assist the Research Team with their administrative and logistics requirements, as well as certain substantive aspects to carry-out the Study;
3. Assist the Advisory Group (AG) members with their respective needs in participating in the AG Meetings, and in other activities associated with performing their respective roles;
4. Draft talking points, background papers, advocacy material, planning papers, presentations, memos, notes, forms, and other communications as instructed by the OCHA Project Focal Point;
5. Act as the focal point for all logistic requirements related to convening, conducting and following up on teleconferences and other forms of meetings associated with the Study;
6. Support the Research Team to access and/or obtain credible information that may be of high relevance to the topic of the Study;
7. Perform any other tasks as required by the OCHA Focal Point for the Study; 8. Further details will be provided upon recruitment.
1. Professionalism: Background in and knowledge of international humanitarian operations and international humanitarian principles and practice; understanding of the concepts, principles and approaches to national and international criminal law; professional knowledge of the work of the United Nations and NGOs; ability to work under intense time pressure and meet deadlines.
2. Client orientation: Ability to proactively identify and understand the needs of the Project Team members and carry-out appropriate services in support of the team to meet the requirements in a timely manner; ability to understand sensitivities and maintain strict confidentiality where required.
3. Communications: Excellent research and writing skills– with professional attention to details; ability to listen to others, correctly interpret messages and respond appropriately; ability to efficiently draft and/or process written assignments including office memos, meeting notes, presentations, forms and other material.
4. Planning and organizing: Ability to undertake multiple tasks, identify and adjust priority assignments, and to carry-out the tasks through their completion and accomplish professional quality work within strict deadlines. 5. Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective dialogue and working relations with a variety of stakeholders; strong ability to work as a member of a team to accomplish a common task in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, social sciences, or related field, preferably with a focus on national and/or international criminal law or humanitarian affairs or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of experience in the combined areas of research and analysis, office administration and logistics, humanitarian affairs, criminal law, and/or counter-terrorism issues. Previous experience with the UN system would be a distinct advantage.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment. Strong writing skills will be an advantage.
Consultancy contract will be for a total of 40 work-days (or two months) with potential extension upon agreement between the Consultant, OCHA and NRC.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by an interview.
How to apply:
Please email the following documents to the “OCHA/NRC Project Management Team” through email: OCHA-Research-001-HR@un.org to be received no later than COB 25 July 2012 (New York Time). Applications received after this date will not be considered.
(1) Cover letter, explaining why you consider yourself qualified and motivated for this particular assignment, in no more than one page (A4 or letter-size paper).
(2) Completed Personal History Profile form.
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