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OCHA-HAO-P3-Shire, Ethiopia

Shire, Ethiopia
Title: OCHA-HAO-P3-Shire, Ethiopia
Location: Shire, Ethiopia
Level: P3
Duration: 6 months


Political context: On 4 November, clashes erupted between the Federal Government and Regional Government of Tigray. This is a result of tensions and animosity that has been building up over time since the Tigray regional Government unilaterally conducted its own elections on 9 September 2020 in violation of the decision by the Federal Government to postpone elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aerial bombing/shelling and clashes have continued since then though accurate impact is not known due to blockage of communication system in the region (both internet and telephone).

Humanitarian situation: On 16 November, the Ethiopian Humanitarian Country (EHCT) endorsed a preparedness response plan for Tigray and surrounding regions which seeks to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to nearly 2 million people in Tigray and surrounding regions. Out of this caseload, nearly 900,000 are existing (old) vulnerable people in the region who have been on humanitarian assistance prior to the crisis, while over 1.1M are projected to be newly displaced by the on-going fighting. The plan seeks to mobilize resources to address existing and new needs of affected people across the main IASC clusters of protection, food, WASH, nutrition, education, health, ES/NFIs and logistics.

Consequences for OCHA: OCHA currently operates a humanitarian hub based in Semera in Afar region (one of the regions neighbouring Tigray). The hub headed by an International staff (P3 HAO) covers three regions (Afar, Amhara and Tigray). Additionally, there are 2 national HAOs (NOB), one currently deployed in Tigray and the other one in Amhara. The hub is currently being remotely supported by the head of the Field coordination unit based in Addis Ababa.
Due to the complex situation in Tigray, sensitivity of the operations, potential increase in needs and huge expectations in OCHA, there is need to have a dedicated international HAO in Tigray to lead humanitarian response coordination and engage with the regional Government.

Main Tasks and Duties

Within delegated authority, the HAO will be responsible for the following duties:
•     Monitors, analyzes, and reports on humanitarian needs, response and developments in Tigray;
•     In close collaboration with the Heads of the Northern Hub and Field Coordination Unit, establish and operationalize a strong sub-national ICCG and work closely with sub-sectors, coordinate and provide technical support;
•    Under the supervision of the Head of the Northern Hub, coordinates the response and delivery, incl. access negotiations;
•    Supports need assessments, drafts assessment/missions report and other advocacy materials, evaluate outcome and specify unmet requirements;
•    Under the supervision of the Head of the Northern Hub, assists the regional government counterparts and partners in setting up capacity-building schemes for handling emergencies; develops region-specific humanitarian indicators in collaboration with area experts and set up systems to ensure the subsequent monitoring of these indicators; recommends actions based on the analysis of pertinent information;
•    Strengthen partnerships with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate assistance programmes activities and gaps, including gender-related considerations;
•    Helps establish, consolidate and maintain a 3W database of humanitarian assistance and preparedness, and maintains contacts with other humanitarian actors and relevant government counterparts in Tigray;
•    In close collaboration with the Head of the Northern Hub, contributes to OCHA's work regarding specific topics or policy-related issues, incl. in relation to safeguarding humanitarian principles, humanitarian access, and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance;
•     Liaises with other humanitarian organizations to ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms;
•     Organize, participate and/or assist in organizing meetings, working groups and consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters;
•    Undertake other task as requested by OCHA management.

Expected Outcome

■    The sub-national ICCG and sub-clusters are strengthened;
■    Humanitarian assistance and response is well-coordinated and effectively delivered;
■    Assessment/missions report, advocacy materials, and situation analysis are timely and well written;
■    Capacity gaps are identified, and appropriate actions are recommended;
■    A 3W database is established and maintained;
■    Enhanced understanding and respect of humanitarian principles amongst interlocutors;
■    Records of meetings, conferences, and consultations with other agencies and partners are shared in at timely manner;
■    Information sharing between OCHA country office and the OCHA Northern hub is strengthened

Specific Required Skills

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field. A first- level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness or other related area is required.

Field experience in humanitarian affairs in a complex emergency or natural disaster context is required.

Experience in the Ethiopia or the Horn of Africa region is desirable. Experience in a humanitarian coordination and within the UN common system or other comparable international organization is desirable.

Required Travel

The post holder may spend up to a third of her/his time traveling, mainly within the Tigray region. 
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