Community Liaison and Victims Assistance Pathways Assistant
Job categories Administration
Vacancy code VA/2016/B5001/11425
Department/office PSC, Peace & Security Centre
Duty station Gaza, Palestine (State of)
Contract type Local ICA Support
Contract level LICA-5
Duration 3 months
Application period 23-Dec-2016 to 04-Jan-2017
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
Background Information - PSC
Peace and Security Centre
The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.
Background Information – The Palestine Programme:
The strategy of UNMAS Palestine is being implemented through the delivery of activities organized under three (3) pillars, each coordinated by a manager.
Supporting humanitarian access and protection of civilians – by proactively clearing deep buried bombs at known sites suspected of containing large aerial bombs;
Support development and reconstruction efforts – by providing a sustainable holistic framework of ERW risk mitigation measures anchored by site-specific risk assessments for rubble removal, reconstruction, and development work;
Support the protection of civilians by promoting safe behaviors – by delivering risk education to populations at risk;
Under the guidance and supervision of the of the Palestine Programme Manager, the Community Liaison Assistance – Victims Assistance Pathways Coordinator is responsible for the supporting of the Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) - Victims Assistance (VA) coordination process and the tracking of ERW casualties from the time of accident to complete rehabilitation. The VA coordination process ensures that all ERW casualties are correctly recorded and the specialist physical and or psychological support is afforded to the casualty. The CLA-VA Pathway Coordinator’s specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
ERW Accident Tracking and Verification Process:
- Collect data of all ERW accidents and verify the facts through different sources
- Consolidation and Reporting of findings and relevant information to all Mine Action Partners
- Liaising and consistent communication with the UNMAS Risk Education CLA for coordinating any required post accident ERW Risk Education
- Tracking of all casualties and ensure that all data is recorded on the victims tracking sheet
Victims Assistance (VA):
- Referral of the casualties to the appropriate health service providers following the verification of the accident information
- Laising and consistent follow-up with all service providers to ensure that the most appropriate post accident support is provided
- Maintainance of a database of service providers with regard to the respective services
- Maintenance of an effective VA filing system ensuring an up-to-date and complete archive of all cases
- Coordinate an ongoing outreach of service providers in order to ensure a high quality of service provision
- Attending all meetings related to VA as the referral CLA-VA Pathways Coordinator
- Attend the CPWG as the referral CLA-VA Pathways Coordinator
- Act as the UNOPS Palestine Gender coordination/communicaiton Focal Point
- Draft for approval ‘Life Stories’ detailing the work of the UNMAS Palestine Programme
- Translate and edit various written documents as required
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
Planning and Organising - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently
Creativity and Innovation - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks outside the box; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology
Commitment to Continuous Learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; Shows willingness to learn from others; Seeks feedback to learn and improve
Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary
Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
First level university degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in Communications or similar field OR; Secondary school diploma (high school) with additional five (5) years of relevant experience will be excepted in lieu of first level degree.
- Minimum one year of experience in Community Liaison.
- Experience working in Gaza is an asset.
- Experience in report writing is desired
- Mine action experience is desired
- International organization experience is desired
- Experience in planning is desired
- Experience in communication and contract management is desired
- Fluency in Arabic (writing, reading and speaking) is required.
- Intermediate in English (writing, reading and speaking) is required.
- Knowledge of another UN official language is desired
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: ICS-5 (LICA-5)
Contract duration: 3 months
- This is a local position, therefore only nationals of duty station or applicants who are legally entitled to be employed in the duty station will be considered
- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.