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OCHA-HAO-P3-San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula, Honduras
1.   Duty Station (country and location): San Pedro Sula

Main tasks and duties to be executed:
         Support coordination with the Regional EOC in SPS and coverage areas.
    Ensure effective operational coordination between humanitarian sectors, partners, regional authorities and affected communities.
    Facilitate inter-sectoral coordination in the San Pedro Sula area after the UNDAC, keep the response architecture and liaise with relevant partners to ensure a transition to recovery.
         Advocate for humanitarian principles, the use of internationally accepted standards.
    Support needs analysis activities, including humanitarian needs overviews, secondary data reviews, and multi-cluster initial rapid assessments; provide advice on assessment design to ensure data quality.
         Ensure that PSEA mechanisms are known and disseminated among actors.
    Produce regular progress reports on operations, CERF and FA funds, in conjunction with the information manager.
         Early call attention on to the possible deterioration of the current situation as a result of the impact of
Eta/Iota implications with ongoing emergencies such as COVID 19 and endemic poverty in the area.
Expected outcome of the deployment (detail in bullet point form the anticipated achievements and added value expected from the deployment):
Effective operative coordination is provided to the UN RC, UN Country Team, sectorial leads and HCT

Specific required skills (languages, experience, ability to work remotely/as a singleton, soft skills, etc.): Understanding and ensuring the operative coordination, advocacy and coordination tools.
         Experience in operative coordination.
         Familiarity with international humanitarian standards.
         Ability to produce regular reports

    Understanding of full range of humanitarian and emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian issues;
    Ability to work independently, to be strongly self-motivated and not needing detailed guidance or direction;
    Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system;
         Language: Fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.
9.   Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA:
Millions suffering from Eta’s consequences are now on the brink of facing a second major storm in as many weeks, with Hurricane Iota bearing down on Central America’s Caribbean coasts on a path virtually identical to that of Eta and setting up a potentially catastrophic scenario upon its projected landfall as a Category 5 storm. Iota is forecast to bring rainfall of up to 400mm in Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize. These conditions will bring significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in higher elevation areas, risks that are compounded by high soil saturations from Eta.
The prospect of a second major hurricane is particularly daunting in Honduras and Guatemala, where authorities and humanitarian organizations are still carrying out ongoing assessments that are revealing the magnitude of Eta’s impact on millions of people ahead of Iota’s imminent arrival. Governments, NGOs and UN teams continue to overcome critical access constraints and reach affected communities and gather more comprehensive information on their needs
Brief surge need justification (including why the post is urgent and why current/other OCHA capacity cannot cope/does not apply):
The response to Hurricane Eta and the additional flooding caused by Hurricane Iota and the possibility of additional weather events have stretched the Coordination response capacity in OCHA’s regional office in Panama as well as RCO in Tegucigalpa.  An HAO is needed in San Pedro Sula to facilitate the operative coordination between partners and response actors on the field.
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