Job Opening

Posting Title: Anticipatory Action Specialist
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 April 2022 - 02 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-179831-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The CERF secretariat is represented in working groups developing and monitoring anticipatory action frame-works, and frameworks are set up in a way compatible to CERF funding processes so that, when needed, CERF projects can be approved immediately and money disbursed quickly. Learning for AA frameworks is conducted in a rigorous way, yielding valuable lessons to improve CERF’s contribution to AA. CERF’s role in the overall AA workstream is strengthened thanks to high-quality policy and other documents, presentations, research, and an updated CERF AA website.

Work Location

New York

Expected duration

8 months, starting 30 May 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The AA specialist reports to the CERF Anticipatory Action focal point in the CERF Programme Unit. Within delegated authority, the AA specialist will be responsible for the following duties:
• Based on dedicated AA expertise, (co-)leads on the setup of new AA frameworks and contributes to the improvement of existing frameworks by representing CERF in the working groups for selected frame-works.
• Monitors existing AA frameworks, including whether trigger conditions have been met and facilitates the activation of AA frameworks when agreed triggers have been reached, including the development or re-view of CERF applications (projects and budgets), ensuring that activities are anticipatory in nature and in line with CERF’s life-saving criteria, and ensuring that projects can be approved immediately and money disbursed quickly
• Advises AA teams across headquarters and country operations and facilitates the development of key components of collective AA frameworks (action plan, crisis timeline, trigger mechanism, etc.) and pro-vides expertise through research, analysis, presentation and facilitation.
• Contributes to and - for selected frameworks - leads on the learning workstream for anticipatory action, including surveys, evaluations, process learning and monitoring.
• Co-develops an exploratory paper on anticipatory humanitarian action and conflict, including CERF’s role therein. Represents the CERF secretariat in the inter-agency anticipatory action in conflict working group.
• Contributes their AA expertise and knowledge to OCHA’s overall AA workstream, including the develop-ment of policy, standards, reports, data analysis, background papers, presentations, etc., and maintains the CERF AA website.
• Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, poli-cy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, country or region concerned
• Performs other duties as required

Work implies frequent collaboration with the following:
• Personnel at all levels within OCHA in New York, Geneva, country and regional offices
• Counterparts in national government agencies, other UN agencies, NGOs and research institutions

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: - Excellent inter-personal skills, ability to solve problems and work independently.
- Ability to analyze and integrate diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from various sources.
- Previous proven academic research skills are desirable.
- Ability to work under pressure, with short lead time.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, or a related field. Specialization in war studies, peace and conflict studies, or conflict resolution is desirable.
Experience: At least two years of work experience, with at least one year experience with and knowledge of humanitarian pooled funds and humanitarian anticipatory action is required. Experience and understanding of the Central Emergency Response Fund is highly desirable.
Language: Fluency in English is a requirement. Working-level knowledge of other official UN languages,
especially French, is considered an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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