International Consultancy: International Humanitarian Affairs Consultant OCHA (Maracaibo - Venezuela)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Venezuela, the International Humanitarian Affairs Officer Consultant in Maracaibo reports to the Deputy Head of Office. Based in Maracaibo and covering the states of Zulia, Lara, Falcón and Trujillo is expected to:

• Enhance humanitarian coordination in the area of coverage of the hub and ensure sub-Clusters are operational, contributing actively to the principled and operational implementation of the HRP and the COVID19 inter-sectoral response plan, including the returnee component.

• Monitor, analyze and report on humanitarian developments, having established a direct communication line with the HCT at national level.

• Strengthen relations with local authorities, including the military, with the aim of improving the operational environment for humanitarian actors, leveraging the work of the community monitors in Lara, Falcón and Trujillo.

• Enhance relations with NGOs will contribute to their capacity building and organizational development structure. • Conduct regular field missions, at least one trip per quarter, to the states of Falcon-Lara-Trujillo-Caracas

• Manage the OCHA team in Maracaibo and the community monitors in Lara, Falcón and Trujillo.

• Report regularly on humanitarian needs, implementation, opportunities and challenges for humanitarian action.



Monthly Reports containing:

• Daily updates + internal weekly report for the Maracaibo Hub

• Official mission reports • Hub is updated with ICCG latest guidance and recommendations on a regular basis

• Contributions to HPC trainings

• Team updates • Access analysis

• Maintenance of administrative responsibilities

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Revised 30 April 2018

Experience: Required-a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area. Two (2) years of humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster). Desired-two (2) years of relevant experience at the international level. Experience in developing, analysing and reviewing reports for senior management. Experience in the UN Common System or another similar International Organization. Experience in the region (Latin America).

Language Requirements: Spanish and English (both oral and written) are required

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Interested candidates must present a technical and economic proposal for the consultancy

Conditios of Work:

The consultant will be working from the OCHA office in Maracaibowith frequent field visits to Lara, Falcón and Trujillo.The consultant will beprovided with a Laptop, mobile phone and will be responsible for the sub-offices vehicle.S/he will oversee the daily work of the team of a NOA-Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UNV-Humanitarian Affairs Officer, and Driver in Maracaibo and UNV-Community Monitors in Lara, Falcón and Trujillo.Monthly Reportswill be delivered bythe individual contractor to the First Reporting Officer in OCHA(Deputy Head of Office OCHA VE). Upon the certification of these report, OCHA will forward to UNICEF for the final approval and initiationof payment process. Please note that the appointment/assignment of the successful candidates will be subject to visa issuance.

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuseof a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatenedphysical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation,when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidateswho have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

The costs associated with travel, lodging and DSAs for these consultancies have been estimated and are included in the Travel component of the budget under a structured travel plan. They are not part of the costs of the Consultancies

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