Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Beletweyne (Hirshabelle State), Somalia
Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA
• Hirshabelle is one of the states affected by drought and conflict with high vulnerability and a large IDP population of
94,406 households (191,000 individuals) living in 119 IDP sites in Beletweyne town. Most of them are displaced due to the offensive operations against the non-state armed groups and prolonged droughts, leaving the vulnerable communities in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
• River and flash floods in Hirshabelle region. Following heavy rains in Hirshabelle and Ethiopian highlands, river and flash floods have affected over 40 villages in Belet Weyne district. The floods are likely to increase in the coming weeks
as rains continue, and river levels are rising. The floods are expected to cause displacement of people, loss of property
and increase in vulnerability that means increased number of people in need.
• The humanitarian situation in Hirshabelle has necessitated the scale-up of coordination in the OCHA Country Office, at the field level, and among the humanitarian partners. Consequently, the Field Coordination Unit will recruit a National Liaison Officer (Consultant) to fill the current gap in staffing to support its functions and operations.
• OCHA Somalia and other humanitarian organizations will be expected to scale up assistance and strengthen coordination and advocacy for the affected population.
Main tasks and duties to be executed
• Support and facilitate inclusive humanitarian coordination mechanisms in the AOR, including liaison with relevant humanitarian and non-humanitarian actors to collect information, identify areas of humanitarian needs and gaps, and
coordinate response activities and IA-contingency planning at the hub level.
• Work closely with the cluster FPs, emergency officers, UNDSS, UN agencies, MOHADM, Belet Weyne district authorities and NGOs in SWS to implement the Integrated Response Framework and negotiate humanitarian access to head-to-reach areas.
• Facilitate Belet Weyne State inter-cluster coordination (S-ICCG), Humanitarian Coordination Group (HCG) and Head of Sub Offices (HoSO) meetings, including developing meeting agenda, reviewing minutes and action points; circulating the minutes and following up on the action points as reached upon during meetings.
• Collate daily, weekly and regular reports and other situation updates highlighting the plights of the IDPs and other affected
/vulnerable populations, especially from floods, drought, conflict and other shocks and provide regular operational updates to support the senior management decision-making.
• Facilitate and support inter-agency missions to the fields and ensure mission reports are drafted and circulated on time.
• Support the Head of Field Coordination in developing key messages that need attention and advocacy from the Head of
Office (HoO) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT).
• Facilitate Belet Weyne Flood Mitigation Task Force in Belet Weyne district and take the lead role in all the task force activities.
• Facilitate and lead coordinated inter-cluster needs assessments in Hiraan region as well as Hirashabelle state as a whole.
• Support the Head of Field Coordination to produce timely and analytical reports to the HoO/HCT.
• Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and relevant stakeholders to promote protection of the affected people and safeguard humanitarian principles.
Expected outcome of the deployment
• Strengthened coordination at the sub-national and linkage to the national level.
• Gaps in humanitarian response identified and corrective actions undertaken.
• Improved coordination and reporting among the clusters and partners with clearly understood roles and responsibilities.
• Evidence-based information generated through rapid/multisectoral need assessments.
• Prompt escalation of actions with relevant actors, including S-ICCG/A-HCG.
• Strategic response priorities are conveyed and operationalized at the S-ICCG level.
• Strengthened capacity of A-HCG, including follow-up and link with operations.
• Comprehensive overview and updates on operational response, strategies and scale up from Clusters.
• Analytical reports and key humanitarian messages are brought to the attention of HoFCU that need advocacy or follow- up to HoO, DHoO, HC, HCT or ICCG.
OCHA’s role and key challenges
• Advocacy and coordinating humanitarian action at the earliest stage possible
• To strengthen national coordination structures and facilitate the scale up of sub-national coordination,
• Since the initiation of the scale-up, increased efforts have been made to enable more granular and efficient response planning to support coordination efforts
Main partners and stakeholders in the field
• Humanitarian partners: UN agencies, clusters, national and international NGOs, Red Crescent Movement, donors, national and local authorities, and line ministers
What is the staffing plan to continue the work (if applicable) of the deployee, after the surge support period?
• OCHA plans to recruit a P3 Head of Sub Office within this period to sustain the level of coordination required in Belet
Weyne beyond the drought emergency, after the IASC scale up period.
What is the approximate percentage of time spent on duty travel and to which locations?
(if duty travel within the country/region is expected, all associated costs are to be covered by the requesting OCHA office):
• 100% of the time will be spent in Beletweyne with frequent travel in Hirshabelle state, of which Belet Weyne is the administrative capital of.
Specific required skills
: Fluency in English
: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area. Significant experience in coordination of humanitarian assistance/relief is required.
Teamwork, Planning and organizing, commitment to continuous learning, communication, creativity, technical awareness, and accountability.
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