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Mission and objectives

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian action for all in need, in partnership with national and international actors. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

Context

The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) Afghanistan is one of OCHA’s country-based pooled funds (CBPFs). It was established in 2014 for swift and strategic humanitarian action in Afghanistan. The AHF is under the authority of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), which gives the HC a greater ability to target available funds to the most critical humanitarian needs and enable efficient and rapid response to emergencies. With support from an Advisory Board, the cluster leads, OCHA Afghanistan, the Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) and an Administrative Agent, the HC directs the strategic and operational focus of the AHF with three key objectives: To support humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs and UN Agencies) to address the most pressing needs in accordance with humanitarian principles. To improve the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by strategically funding assessed humanitarian action as identified in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) process. To strengthen coordination and leadership through the function of the HC and the humanitarian cluster system. Only humanitarian projects responding to needs identified in OCHA’s HRP are eligible for funding during a AHF allocation. The HRP outlines the strategic and operational plan for the coordination of assistance by UN agencies and NGO partners in Afghanistan and is developed in consultation with the clusters. In 2021 the AHF provided US$165.6 million to 75 humanitarian organizations implementing 239 projects that assisted 9.7 million people. The AHF made the largest provision of funding by a country-based pooled fund (CBPF) globally in 2021 and notably included the biggest single allocation in CBPF history, with $112 million launched in November’s First Standard Allocation. This UNV assignment is part of OCHA/AHF monitoring team supporting the team in follow up with the monthly monitoring plans, coordinate with the Head of Regional Offices for logistical support, coordinate with the AHF partners for the monitoring, conduct Field Monitoring Visits, prepare monitoring reports, upload the monitoring reports to the Grant management System (GMS) and follow up with partner’s recommendations from the monitoring findings, design Remote Call Monitoring (RCM) Questionnaire, review and upload TPM and RCM monitoring reports to the GMS.

Task description

Due Diligence and Internal Capacity Assessment (Eligibility Process) •Support the program team in potential partners initial due diligence application processing. Provide the timely commination and feedback on initial applications. •Undertake application review as per guidance and template and the AHF operational manual. •Support partners in their eligibility application processing; the review of capacity assessment requests and regularly assist in updating the associated record and reports. •Assis in compiling due diligence and capacity assessment periodic report for endorsement by the fund manager. Data and Information Management •Assist in compiling and updating timely allocation related dashboards, infographics, and report. Support in data compilation for the AHF Annual report. •Periodically update the AHF contact list. •Monitor incoming communication and liaise with other colleagues on timely follow-up and action. •Assist during partner orientation, monthly clinics, and training session for AHF partners. Project Cycle Management •Support partners and stokeholds in allocation process, project implementation and reporting. •Support the team in the AHF and CERF fund allocation processes; assist in the strategic, technical, and budget review of partners proposals. •Support partners in grant agreement processing. •Assis in the overall administration of the Fund and liaise as necessary with relevant implementing partners and clusters to provide all the support for successful implementation. Support recipient organizations in compliance with grant agreements, the AHF operational manual, and financial rules applicable to the Fund •Support in project and budget revision processing. Assist partners in their project revision request compilation, and review of all relevant revision related documents and initiate clearance •Assist partners in Grant Management System GMS) use. Monitoring, Reporting, and Evaluation: •Support partners as well as clusters and OCHA field offices to follow-up on project implementations and overall fund progress, when tasked conduct field visits as necessary. •Support the team in the review of partners interim and final narrative report. Other Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and Head of the Unit Results/expected outputs: Successfully Contribute to the following key function of the OCHA/AHF team: •Overall timely allocation and Grants Management •Programmatic and Data Management Aspects •Project Monitoring and Reporting Aspects

Eligibility criteria

Age

27 – 80

Nationality

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Requirements

Required experience

3 years of experience in grants administration, humanitarian or development project management, or other relevant humanitarian program management experience with humanitarian partners is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization. Other required technical knowledge and skills: •Excellent oral and written English; excellent drafting, formulation, and reporting skills; •Data mining, analysis, editing, and reporting skills; •Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners; •Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; •Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; •Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; Desirable: •Sound security awareness; •Understanding of the humanitarian coordination architecture and system in Afghanistan.

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Business management, Social work

Driving license

Languages

English, Level: Fluent, Required Pashto, Level: Fluent, Desirable Dari, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social science, Business/Public Administration or related field

Competencies and values

•Professionalism: •Integrity: •Teamwork and respect for diversity: •Commitment to continuous learning: •Planning and organizing effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; •Communication: proven interpersonal skills; •Flexibility: •Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards OCHA’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

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Living conditions and remarks

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. Note on novel coronavirus – COVID-19. The rapidly changing nature of novel coronavirus COVID-19 has placed significant and increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of people, even within countries. Such restrictions may affect the ability of national UN Volunteers to begin their assignments at their assigned duty station or limit the ability to enter UN premises. Thus, UNV cannot guarantee assignments will proceed as normal. Candidates for national UN Volunteer assignments requiring travel to the duty station may be exceptionally granted during this period alternative working arrangements to work from their place of recruitment until restrictions are lifted. Candidates for national UN Volunteer assignments may also need to begin their assignments remotely in cases where access to UN premises is restricted. These are decisions at the discretion of the host entity. Candidates proceeding to interview are recommended to discuss travel requirements, any restrictions, and possible alternative arrangements with the host entity. If selected, candidates should carefully consider the circumstances before accepting UNV’s offer. The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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https://app.unv.org/opportunities/1714656049492224

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