Humanitarian Aid is one of the four departments of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. It is involved in protecting the interests of vulnerable population groups prior to, during and after periods of conflict, crises or natural disasters.
The Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is the operational arm of Swiss Humanitarian Aid. Its specialists are deployed to implement projects of the SDC or its UN partners before, during and after periods of crisis or conflict.
Coordination Officer, Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus, Seconded to UNOCHA for the UNRC Office, Beriut, LebanonMain tasks and duties to be executed: Map, consolidate, aggregate humanitarian and development data and information among stakeholders to generate a shared understanding of needs, risks and vulnerabilities, their root causes, as well as the capacities available or needed to address themSupport the UNCT to identify opportunities for joint analysis including multi-stakeholder HDP needs assessments/evaluations and analysisIdentify opportunities, and explore the feasibility of joint or coordinated multi-stakeholder HDP needs assessments/evaluationsSet-up of appropriate tools and mechanisms (digests, analytics groups, dashboards, dissemination of information)Support the common country analysis (CCA) process in line with the guiding principles for the UNSDCFIn collaboration with national stakeholders, UNCT, HCT, and other relevant actors, contribute to align the strategic planning and programming frameworks to ensure greater complementarity and coherence between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts to achieve collective outcomes and reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilitiesSupport the UNCT in the identification of 'accelerator interventions' that can help unlock and accelerate progress towards sustainable development and address issues that impact multiple SDGs across the HDPN and Support UNCT to facilitate integration of prevention, disaster risk reduction and preparedness into UN programmingContribute to the UN joint programming process to identify and support the formulation of UN joint programmes that are aligned with the SDGs, oriented towards investment, and have impact at the national levelEnsure enhanced coordination and collaboration with a broader range of stakeholders relevant to achieving the agreed collective outcomesSupport the RC in various coordination mechanisms to implement the HDPN approach, including participating in and supporting lead agencies of outcome and thematic inter-agency groups and task forces and prepare background, talking points, advocacy documents for the RC with inputs from across the humanitarian, development, peace and human rights pillars of the UN.Support the identification of opportunities to support the development of a financing architecture that takes into account the principles of predictability, flexibility and use of multi-year financing modalities.Expected outcome of the deployment (detail in bullet point form the anticipated achievements and added value expected from the deployment):Assist in developing a shared understanding of the context, including needs, risks and vulnerabilities, as well as their underlying/root causes.Support RCO efforts to undertake joined-up planning processes across the humanitarian, development and peace spectrum to reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilities in a more complementary and coherent manner and ensure that UN programming and implementation modalities are context-specific.Support the RCO to provide effective coordination towards enhanced coherence between humanitarian and development action.Specific required skills (languages, experience, ability to work remotely/as a singleton, soft skills, etc.):Master's degree or higher in development studies, social sciences, public policy or other relevant fields.7 years of experience minimum in positions of increasing responsibility working with a variety of humanitarian, peacebuilding and development actors in developing recovery and peacebuilding plans or strategiesExperience as a UN Strategic Planner and/or UN coordination officer would be a strong asset; This includes capacity for conceptual and strategic analysis, including ability to analyse and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated response from UN agencies and partners. Specific knowledge of the UNDAF/UN Cooperation Framework process and other major development planning instruments is a requirementSolid understanding of humanitarian planning processes, such as the HNO/HRP as well as refugee response planning is a requirementKnowledge and experience with recovery and reconstruction processes is an asset.Specific knowledge and extensive experience in multi-stakeholder coordination and planning mechanisms (e.g. UNCT, HCT, UN Mission, Government planning, etc.) for operationalization of frameworks and of strategic planning theory and practice.In-depth knowledge of the complex relationship between humanitarian assistance and development issues, including peace and prevention.Demonstrated ability to work in both development and humanitarian settings and provide consistent responses.Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth studies and formulate clear and practical recommendations. Ability to relate different issues and perspectives to concrete programmes.Knowledge of UN rules, policies, procedures and practices, as well as the programming mechanisms of the United Nations and its partners, particularly in crisis and post-conflict situations, as well as a functional understanding of the international development architectureProven track record of integrating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work, and accountability to affected populations.Excellent communication and analytical skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and intercultural);Language requirements: English. Arabic would be considered an advantage.Duty Station (country and location): Beirut, Lebanon (family duty station)Proposed starting date: urgent, as soon as possibleTimeframe of assignment: 12 monthsAttention: a valid COVID certificate (fully vaccinated or recovered) is required to be eligibleAdditional condition to be eligible for the job: Swiss citizenship (or Lichtenstein) or holder of a valid Swiss working permit (C)Application deadline: Please send your application with a motivation letter (in English) as soon as possible, at the latest until 31.10.2021 to:Isabelle MellanaDivision H-R FieldIsabelle.email@example.comPhone: + 41 58 462 35 29 Published: 12 October 2021
SHA Secondment – UNOCHA, Durable Solutions Advisor to the UNRC, Tripoli. Libya ( P4/P5) Operational environment The signing of the cease-fire agreement in October 2020 and the subsequent formation of the Government of National Unity in March 2021 laid the foundation for increased stability across Libya. With the cessation of largescale hostilities, the overall humanitarian situation showed signs of improvement, highlighted by the continuing trend in the number of displaced people returning to their areas of origin. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) decreased to an estimated 213,000 persons, in comparison to some 278,000 individuals at the start of 2021. Although encouraging, the trend has slowed as more protracted caseloads with more ingrained impediments to return make up the bulk of the remaining displaced population. Challenges also remain in ensuring that returnees and vulnerable populations have proper access to essential services, such as healthcare, safe drinking water and suitable housing. Primary infrastructure requires urgent rehabilitation by national authorities with support from international partners.For those that remained displaced, planned and often forcible evictions is a critical concern. Forced evictions mainly affect individuals and families living in collective and informal sites, leading to a heightened risk of secondary displacement and insecurity over housing, land, and property rights.Although structural hardships persist, there is an underlying will among the majority of displaced Libyans to return to their homes to rebuild their lives. However, with the impeding threat of eviction from settlements, vulnerable displaced people are often left with no choice but to return to their place of origin without proper support. Based on an assessment of sites of returns conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some of the most significant barriers faced by returnees include concerns over the presence of unexploded ordnance. Good progress has been made during the first quarter of 2021 on mine clearance activities due to improved access, and although many areas have been surveyed and the removal of surface items is ongoing, large amounts of Explosive Hazards, including abandoned improvised explosive devices (IED) will continue to pose a serious risk to returnees. Damaged homes and infrastructure are also a major impediment, especially the protracted situation of IDPs from Tawergha, which suffered considerable damage a decade ago, with more than half the homes either destroyed or heavily damaged.The need for durable solutions is recognized as a priority by Libyan authorities and partners. Further collaboration is needed with national authorities in finding solutions for the remaining IDPs, especially on their security and social cohesion, as well as to ensure that basic infrastructure and services are in place to enable a conducive environment for returnees.Brief surge need justificationIn 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Libya benefitted from the remote support of a Senior Protection Officer through the Protection Capacity (ProCap) to work with Libyan authorities and partners to devise a strategy regarding the then 429,000 internally displaced in Libya. The support collected valuable information on the current laws and policies in place and produced an initial draft in consultation with the Ministry of IDPs and Human Rights. However, the situation of IDPs evolved over the course late 2021. There are currently 212,593 internally displaced persons (IDPs) (over 42,506 families) distributed among 413 communities in 82 municipalities in Libya. No mass displacement has been reported following the cease-fire agreement in October 2020. The trend has shifted from displacement to returns in which 92% of returnees have returned to their places of origin due to an improved security environment. Since the tracking of returns has commenced there have been 644,123 returns recorded. Recently Benghazi has surpassed Tripoli as the region hosting the highest numbers of displaced persons as the Tripoli region has been experience steady rates of return. Those displaced in Benghazi and Misrata are facing protracted displacement situations. Damage to public infrastructure and housing remain the main obstacles preventing the return of most families displaced in Libya. Since the trend of displacement is now more on returns and those in protracted displacement situations, the focus of the SBP will be on strategies to best meet the needs of those in long-term displacement and creating conditions favourable through durable solutions to those deciding to return.The emphasis on durable solutions as part of the humanitarian-peacebuilding-development ‘Nexus' took a more central place in the thinking of authorities and partners through 2021. The Durable Solution SBP is expected to take forward the work of the ProCap support in concert with Libyan authorities and partners with a greater focus on developing strategies, policies and processes aimed at durable solutions for the remaining displaced population.Main partners and stakeholders in the field: The 213,000 Libyans estimated to be displaced across the country; State Ministry of IDPs and Human Rights and associated High level Committees under the Prime Minister Office in charge of internal displacement; UN Agencies; Humanitarian and Development Partners.Main tasks and duties to be executedBuild on the baseline study and initial draft of the IDP strategy developed under ProCapInform opportunities for development in line with critical issues related to protracted displacement and solutions for IDPs including returns and priorities for support for local settlement/ settlement to a third location.Review past and existing approaches to internal displacement and solutions strategies in Libya, highlighting key issues and lessons learned. Map government and international community supported initiatives to respond to internal displacement and the search for solutions.Advise on the development of a comprehensive evidence-base database on current and emerging displacement issues, with a strong emphasis on empirical inputs provided by displaced persons and other key stakeholders on the ground.Work closely with key government counterparts to identify priorities and potential initiatives to address durable solutions related to internal displacement including return to the place of origin or local settlement. Consult extensively with international development and humanitarian partners, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), the private sector, Academia and donors, on experience, priorities and potential initiatives.Support the Government to draft the Libya Internal Displacement and Durable Solutions Strategy and associated policies and procedures in line with the conclusions of engagement and consultation with humanitarian and development partners.Support the Government to draft the Action Plan for the implementation of the strategy, with an immediate priority on durable solutions for IDPs including return to place of origin or local settlement.Support the Government in developing a capacity building plan for national actors in line with priorities identified in the Displacement and Solutions Strategy.Lead discussions on durable solutions for the displaced within the Nexus Working Group and regularly provide progress updates to UN Agency focal points, the Internal Displacement and Durable Solutions Sub-Group under the PMT and other working and coordination groups as required.Expected outcome of the deployment An Internal Displacement and Durable Solutions Strategy drafted by the Libyan authorities with the support of the Internal Displacement and Durable Solution Advisor.An Action Plan for the implementation of the Internal Displacement and Durable Solutions Strategy, prioritizing those in protracted displacement situations requiring support with solutions throughout Libya drafted by the Libyan government with the support of Internal Displacement and Durable Solutions Advisor. The action plan will encompass a capacity building plan for national and local actors in line with the strategic priority.A toolbox suggesting M&E approach to measure the effectiveness of continuing humanitarian assistance to displaced and the implementation of durable solutions.The establishment of an online knowledge repository containing data and analysis pertaining to displacement and solution responses in Libya.Specific required skillsThe expert is expected to have the equivalent to a Senior Officer educational and years of experience: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in development and/or humanitarian affairs or other related area, is required.Minimum progressive five (5) years work experience at the regional and international levels including on areas touching on Internally Displaced Persons and Returnees. Experience with the rights of the displaced and associated legal framework will be an assetExperience with urban planning will be an assetResearch and publication experience, including on demographics will be an asset. Prior experience in internal displacement and /or durable solutions strategies development will be an asset.Prior experience in Partnership Development and/or working with host governments will be an asset.Prior experience with the UN system would be an asset.Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirableFunctional competencies: A strong client / results orientation The ability to build strategic partnerships A demonstrable ability to adopt and apply knowledge in different contexts Conceptual innovation Intellectual leadershipApproximate percentage of time spent on duty travel: Missions to locations in Libya outside Tripoli will be required, and costs will be covered as necessary by the OCHA country office. Nevertheless, it is not expected to be more than 10 per cent of his/her time.Overall security situation summary, main threats and specific security level at all locations relevant to the deployment, infrastructure and staff well-beingSecurity level: High. SSAFE training required, but not mandatory before deployment as it takes place at the DS. OCHA will book as per training calendar as soon as available after deployment.Living conditions: E duty station with office and accommodation provided within a UN secured compoundMedical facilities available: Level 1+ hospital run by the UN Guard Unit and UN clinic. Both facilities are inside the UN Compound. Tripoli Central Hospital in case of emergencies is the referral hospital.Current situation: In 2021, Libya established an interim government, accepted by all major actors, which combined with the ceasefire signed in October 2020 significantly reduced the level of armed violence. This step towards stabilization and reconciliation in the country is, however, within a complex political, social, economic and security context on the way to elections in December 2021. It is expected that the political process continues in the face of the current challenges, but in a progressively positive trend, leading to a more stable situation in Libya.Nevertheless, different non-state military actors in the capital, in the East, including foreign armed forces and mercenaries and other parts of the country still pose a threat to the political process. Sporadic fighting leading to civil unrest have been seen in the last months. Additionally, terrorist cells associated with ISIL, mainly in the South, also pose a threat to the security and stability of the country. Beginning and duration of deployment: asap / tbd, for 6-12 months.Duty Station: Tripoli, with R&R every 4 weeks (with Tunis as destination, which is reached through gratis UNHAS flights).Attention: a valid COVID certificate (fully vaccinated or recovered) is required to be eligibleAdditional condition to be eligible for the job: Swiss citizenship (or Lichtenstein) or holder of a valid Swiss working permit (C)For additional information, please contact Armin Ullmann (firstname.lastname@example.org), Program Manager Desk Libya, 058 462 77 36 Thank you to send your application (letter of motivation, cv with copies of diplomas, etc) by email until 26.10.21 to: Isabelle Mellana (email@example.com)058 462 35 29