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Humanitarian Coordinator (Expiration 17/02/2019)

Title: Humanitarian Response Coordinator Level: P4
Requesting agency UNFPA Country Burkina Faso
Duty station Ouagadougou Security phase in
country / duty station
Requested date of deployment ASAP Requested length of deployment 3 months
First request
(indicate with Yes/No)
YES Extension
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)

Humanitarian situation:
                The humanitarian situation at the beginning of the year in Burkina Faso is marked by the community conflict in Yirgou in the North Central Region. On 1 January 2019, in retaliation for the assassination of Yirgou village chief and five other people by armed men, Koglweogo self-defense groups from several localities in the region met in Yirgou, for a hunt against the Fulani. The official record shows forty-seven (47) dead, several wounded and thousands of IDPs.
                A judicial inquiry was opened to elucidate the circumstances of the killings and to punish the perpetrators at the height of their crime. This incident aggravates a security situation already degraded by the multiple terrorist attacks that led the Head of State to declare a state of emergency in 12 provinces of seven regions / thirteen in the country, which state of emergency been extended for an indefinite period.
                Four host sites have been set up by the government to accommodate Yirgou IDPs. The humanitarian situation as of January 9, 2019 is as follows in these sites:

IDPS Site Region
Barsalagho 1,285 North Center
Kelbo 1,669 Sahel
Arbinda 2,128
Djibo 1,021
Total 6,103
This number will certainly evolve in the light of the government's desire to bring fugitives back to the official sites identified for their protection. The overall situation of insecurity-related IDPs as of 31 December was 47,826, representing a total of 53,929 to date.
                The government is in the process of deploying the first assistance to the displaced people of Yirgou and is about to send a request for assistance to the UN for a total amount of about 2,350,510,000 FCFA, priority for sectors of intervention shelters and survival equipment; coordination; water, hygiene and sanitation; protection; health and nutrition; food safety; transport.
                Humanitarian coordination by OCHA will build on existing frameworks for sectoral dialogue between the government and partners. UNFPA, as a health sector leader, will monitor the coordinated response of health PTFs through the establishment of the humanitarian health sub-group. The government insists on the need for coordinated action by partners in this situation.
Security situation:
                The security situation in Burkina Faso continues to be marked by several incidents involving victims and displaced persons, including the terrorist attacks and more recently the community conflict in Yirgou, in the North Central Region. The table below summarizes the security incidents situation to date.

Week from 26 to 31 December 2018 Week from 01 to 07 January 2019
Armed conflict: 00 Armed conflict: 00
Terrorism: 08 Terrorism: 04
Crime: 00 Crime: 00
Social Disorders: 01 Social Disorders: 03
Catastrophes / Perils: SAR Disasters / Perils: RAS

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and /or Head of Office, the incumbent will assist the Country Office in the planning, coordination and implementation of humanitarian interventions, including rapid assessments, programme development and implementation.  The incumbent will provide direct support to COs affected by crises in the acute response phase and, in consultation with the Representative, will closely work with authorities, humanitarian agencies, civil society and local counterparts to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis affected communities in a manner consistent with the methodology outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cluster system and Humanitarian Programme Cycle
The scope of the activities listed below may vary depending on the length of assignment and phase of the crisis.
Programme Development and Implementation

  • Ensure inclusion of RH, GBV, and gender concerns in joint UNCT/UNDAC missions and other rapid assessments in close collaboration with RH and GBV officers.
  • Advise the UNFPA CO and sub-Office Coordinator (when applicable); assist in the preparation for and participate in coordination meetings relating to emergency response and ensure follow up.
  • Support the development of CERF, Flash Appeal proposals and ensure quality review.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the UNFPA Standards Operating Procedures for humanitarian settings.
  • Liaise with UNFPA ROs, SROs and HQ units to share information, provide necessary updates and seek guidance as necessary.
  • Identify areas of collaboration with humanitarian agencies and national counterparts to address RH, HIV/AIDS, youth, gender and GBV issues in their plans, and programmes.
  • Liaise with community organizations, faith-based organizations, and community leaders to increase their participation in the process of planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.
  • Participate in CO and other cluster/ inter-agency meetings as needed.

Rapid Assessments/field visits

  • As appropriate, participate in /ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s core Areas of Responsibility in rapid field/needs assessments of the crisis-affected populations.
  • If applicable, visit Refugee/IDP and host communities and conduct in-depth interviews with camp managers, UNHCR and other agencies present on the ground to gather information on the immediate needs of the people and the services to be provided.
  • Undertake missions and assessments as appropriate to recommend strategic approaches and to address issues, such as RH, HIV/AIDS, gender, GBV, mental health and psychosocial issues, data and young people.

Orientation / Training

  • Orient Country Office on Humanitarian Reform and UNFPA’s role within the reform, especially as it relates to the Cluster Approach and the contents CERF Life-Saving Criteria and provide overall orientation on UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Familiarize/orient the CO with existing rapid needs assessment tools.


  • As requested, coordinate CO’s various interventions and represent UNFPA at Cluster / Working Group coordination meetings to share knowledge and ensure comprehensive understanding.
  • Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters, and/or, if appropriate, assist in the establishment of working groups to address RH, GBV and gender.
  • Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health, protection, WASH, camp management, education, logistics, early recovery) to ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s mandate.

Communication/ Reporting

  • Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.
  • Assist in providing regular updates to OCHA and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e.:  OCHA SitRep).
  • Track and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training).

Resource Mobilization/Humanitarian funding

  • Advocate for inclusion of ICPD PoA in emergency response and ensure UNFPA is well positioned in resource mobilization efforts, including humanitarian funding mechanisms such as Flash Appeal/ CERF).
  • As necessary, identify and organize meetings with in-country donors to discuss resource mobilization.

Capacity Development

  • Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate.
  • Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.

Any Other Duties

  • Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Head of Office, RO/SRO, and HQ.

Qualifications and Skills required:

  • Advanced technical degree preferably in medicine, public health, social sciences, humanitarian response, international relations or related field.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in coordinating, developing and implementing humanitarian interventions in crisis settings.
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in English and French required.


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7 ans
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Lieu de travail :
Ouagadougou - BURKINA FASO
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