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UNFPA-Humanitarian Interagency Coordination Specialist-P4, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland
Title of Detail Assignment position: Humanitarian Inter-Agency Cooperation Specialist

Closing date: 19 June 2022

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Duration: 27 June to 28 October 2022

Background/Purpose: their sub-streams, advocating ICPD agenda within or outside the humanitarian ecosystem, while maintaining irreplaceable functions within HO, supporting senior management in strategically positioning UNFPA and leveraging its presence in overall interagency structures. The HO requires an experienced staff for taking over the tasks the incumbent is currently responsible for, who is preferably equipped with institutional knowledge of UNFPA’s humanitarian work and trend of global humanitarian coordination frameworks and mechanisms such as IASC, Global Bargain, and COP26. The detail assignment function is necessary and requested until the post is filled by the replacement, for which there is an ongoing recruitment process.

  • Provide technical support to the Fund’s humanitarian coordination efforts in Geneva, including the delivery of pertinent results of the humanitarian coordination unit;
  • Contribute to positioning UNFPA key priorities per UNFPA’s Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021, and substantively contributing to  the work of Geneva-based UN mechanisms, including IASC result groups (i.e. Leadership, Humanitarian Coordination and Accountability), task teams, interagency bodies and relevant IASC Global Cluster at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) briefings, interagency meetings and other forums for humanitarian issues, advocating for the inter alia integration of SRH and gender and youth concerns, including GBV, into humanitarian preparedness and response.
  • Create, manage and foster collaborations with Global cluster lead agencies and cluster members in Geneva to ensure that ICPD is reflected as appropriate within the cluster work plans and activities at the global level and encouraging full and effective inter-cluster coordination at the global and country levels, in particular with clusters where strong opportunities for synergy and collaboration exist;
  • Develop analytical and strategic reports for informing regularly on UNFPA humanitarian response initiatives and efforts to OCHA—Geneva and to other partners such as UNHCR, IOM, WHO, FAO, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, OHCHR, IFRC / ICRC etc;
  • Provide support on DRR and participate in Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Points and CADRI meetings;
  • Assist the Humanitarian Coordination Adviser with technical and operational coordination support to the Director, Humanitarian Office for preparation of IASC Principals Meetings, IASC Deputies Forum, and Emergency Directors (EDG) as well as Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) meetings;
  • Prepare pertinent technical documentation and analysis for the Director, Humanitarian Office with regard to coordination of UNFPA’s Humanitarian Steering Committee (HSC), including strategic direction and oversight of UNFPA humanitarian action in line with system-wide coherence;
  • Assist the Director and Humanitarian Coordination Adviser in preparing the annual CERF Advisory Board meeting held in Geneva
  • Draft and provide technical analytical inputs and quality assurance for advisory briefs to the Director and senior management on strategic opportunities for UNFPA and prepare think pieces based on emerging priorities in humanitarian field as it relates to UNFPA core mandate and in the context of the roll-out and implementation of the Grand Bargain workstream and WHS follow-up and accountability framework for considerations by senior management of UNFPA re: leveraging our presence within the IASC bodies;
  • Draft and support the implementation of advocacy strategies to improve awareness of SRH, gender, youth and GBV concerns in humanitarian settings among European policymakers, donors and media;
  • Provide technical support for high-level documentation for internal and external use, including inputs to annual reports and Executive Board documentations;
  • Prepare and support UNFPA’s participation in UNHCR / OCHA led Member States Briefings, HRP / JRP / RRP launches and humanitarian crises pledging conferences.

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, humanities, public health, social work; combined with experience in disaster preparedness and emergency responses; specialized area of study in SRH and/or GBV in emergency situations is an asset.
  • 7 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in humanitarian environments and emergency response and providing advisory and technical support in the area of crisis response, UN coordination and in supporting UN inter-agency processes, combined with experience in disaster preparedness and emergency response; specialized experiences in SRH and/or GBV in emergency situations preferred; familiarity with IASC and other humanitarian coordination mechanisms, guiding principles and standards as well as the UN Humanitarian Reform process; knowledge of the ICPD and other global conferences and the 2030 agenda.
  • Fluency in English proficiency in French is an asset.
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