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Job Title:
Humanitarian Affairs Officer

115,197 CHF gross per annum plus benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Permanent contract; full time at 37.5 hours per week



Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date for applications:
19-03-2018 At midnight UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The locally-engaged Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva will ensure, as a core member of the Humanitarian Affairs team, the effective oversight of Geneva-based humanitarian partners and the effective management of Canadian investments.

Working autonomously, under the supervision of the Counsellor, Humanitarian Affairs (who is also Director, Multilateral Representation with GAC), and in close coordination with colleagues at the Mission, at GAC HQ and in Canadian Missions abroad, the Program Officer will:

• Lead institutional relationships with key humanitarian partners, in collaboration with HQ lead officers;
• Ensure effective oversight of Canada's annual humanitarian programming through Geneva-based partners;
• Manage key humanitarian policy files and provide technical expertise;
• Ensure effective engagement with key stakeholders in the Government of Canada and with Geneva's humanitarian community;
• Support the Canadian Ambassador, Humanitarian Counsellor and the Permanent Mission;
• Represent Canada in humanitarian meetings and ensure timely, high quality reporting back to HQ.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

• University degree in relevant field.

• Fluency in English and working-level ability in French.

• Minimum of 4 years of directly relevant work experience (within the last 10 years). The most relevant experience would be working as a humanitarian advisor in a Donor government Mission to the UN in Geneva or in New York. Other relevant experience which can be considered is experience gained as an employee of an organization implementing humanitarian action in accordance with Humanitarian Principles and Standards such as the SPHERE Standards or experience gained working in the humanitarian field such as in evaluation of humanitarian programs, analysis of humanitarian needs or work on humanitarian policy and advocacy.
• Experience in formulating and delivering strategic advice to senior managers;
• Experience in establishing and managing relationships with key stakeholders.

Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

• Policies and priorities of the Government of Canada with regards to international humanitarian action and international development assistance, and where these sit in Canada's overall foreign policy priorities;
• The structure, operations, and normative foundations of the international humanitarian system, including the Inter Agency Standing Committee;
• Global trends and developments relevant for international humanitarian action;
• The structure, mandate, and operations of agencies and organizations in Geneva involved in international humanitarian action;
• Gender equality issues in humanitarian action.

Ability / Competencies
• Values and Ethics - Serving through integrity and respect;
• Thinking Things Through - Innovating through analysis and ideas;
• Engagement - Working effectively with people, organizations and partners;
• Excellence - Delivering results through:
- Initiative and the design and execution of their own work;
- Relationships with colleagues, clients, users and superiors;
- Responsibilities for resources, budgeting and use of assets.
• Communication - Timely and effective written and oral communication.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.

• Humanitarian field experience with an international organization;
• Graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) in relevant field;
• Demonstrated policy/thought expertise on humanitarian issues;
• Fluency in French;
• Working ability in other UN official language (Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Chinese);
• Experience in international negotiations in multilateral fora;
• Experience in representing Canadian positions in international settings.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work overtime as required;
• Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally, if required.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid security clearance from the Government of Canada;
• Candidates must have, and maintain, the right to work in Switzerland during the entire employment period.

How to apply
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to RSCEMA prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.

Area of selection:
Open to individuals who are eligible to work in Switzerland. Those candidates holding visas not renewable in Switzerland will not be eligible to apply for this position. The Permanent Mission does not sponsor work permit applications. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and must indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• Communication for this vacancy will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process. Please include three professional references with your application);
• The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews and for exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs;
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which might arise in the 18 months following the completion of this competition.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to

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