Duration-2-3 months - funding end on 31st of March 2021
Duty station-Stepanakert/Khankendi, Nagorno-Karabakh
region (if possible); Alternatively, Baku, Azerbaijan, or Yerevan, Armenia.
6. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a maximum of 10 bullet points):
• Conduct an assessment and analysis of the civil-military environment in order to formulate and implement a UN-CMCoord strategy and action plan.
• Assist, advise and facilitate the development of guidance on civil-military relations and use of Military and Civil Defence Assets (MCDA) in and around NK.
• Ensure that applicable civil-military coordination guidelines, country-specific guidance or generic guidelines are properly disseminated and understood by both the humanitarian actors and the military and/or police forces present as well as by local actors, as appropriate. Promote and advocate for adherence to the applicable Guidelines within the entire humanitarian community and advise on potential consequences if the guidelines are compromised.
• Establish and maintain a contact network with other UN Agencies who are responsible for civil- military relations as well as NGO focal points for civil-military coordination.
• Support humanitarian coordination structure by advising on an appropriate mechanism to interface with military representatives, including the Humanitarian Centres and the Russian Peacekeeping Force in NK and around NK.
• Monitor activities by military forces to support humanitarian organizations and the logistics behind those to identify the most efficient routes.
• Participate in work groups, meetings and consultations with other UN agencies and humanitarian partners; organize meetings with Heads of Agencies on UN-CMCoord matters.
• Facilitate the establishment and maintenance of communication with the military forces and establish mechanisms to resolve operational issues and ensure appropriate mutual exchange of information regarding ongoing relevant activities.
• Advise and educate the military and/or police forces on the structures and dynamics of coordination with and within the international humanitarian community and the practicalities of implementation.
• Monitor, analyze and report on implementation of humanitarian civil-military coordination activities as well as identify difficulties and challenges in the interaction between the humanitarian and
7. Expected outcome of the deployment (detail in bullet point form the anticipated achievements and added value expectedfrom the deployment):
Effective Civ-Mil coordination support provided to the UN RCs, UN Country Teams and other partners and effective coordination established with the Peacekeepers from the Russian Federation and other military actors in and around NK.
8. Specific required skills (languages, experience, ability to work remotely/as a singleton, soft skills, etc.):
• Previous experience with OCHA and/or other UN entities in a related way in civil-military coordination.
• Previous experience in the military with relevant experience in major humanitarian operations.
• For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) and Russian are required;
• Knowledge of the higher echelons of military forces and completion of the UN-CMCoord Course and UN-CMCoord Officers' Course are highly desirable;
• Ability to work in highly stressful working and living conditions is an advantage.
9. Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA:
Renewed hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the thirty-year Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict broke out along the Line of Contact (LoC) on 27 September. On 9 November, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end military conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh as of 10 November. Estimates of the numbers of people who left for Armenia vary significantly, but reportedly some 81,000 people have been so far displaced into Armenia and within NK (thousands have already returned to NK). In Azerbaijan, the Government has reported about 40,000 temporarily displaced since 27 September. OCHA deployed two staff members on surge from HQs to Baku and Yerevan. Access to NK is currently negotiated with all sides.
10. Brief surge need justification (including why the post is urgent and why current/other OCHA capacity cannot cope/does not apply):
There is currently no OCHA civ-mil capacity for NK where the Russian peacekeepers have been deployed. In addition, engagement with the newly established Humanitarian Centres (mostly staffed by the military and Russian Ministry of Emergencies personnel) is critical, as well contacts and engagement with other military actors (Azerbaijani military forces, Armenian military forces, members of the joint Turkish-Russian Monitoring Centre to be soon established).
11. OCHA's role and key challenges:
OCHA continues to provide humanitarian coordination support to the RCs/RCOs in both Armenia and Azerbaijan through deployed staff on surge, remote support from regional HATs in Central Asia and IM staff members (this support started on 27 September).
12. Main partners and stakeholders in the field:
Russian peacekeepers and representatives of the Russian Humanitarian Centre, other military actors, UN agencies, NGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.