NRC recruits 01 Access Working Group Co-Lead Niger Niamey
BackgroundSince the beginning of 2022, the security situation in Niger remains volatile. Humanitarian access in some areas is one of the mains challenges in the implementation of humanitarian responses in Niger. This can be seen in a number of regions with significant humanitarian needs, including the Tillaberi, Tahoua, Maradi and Diffa regions. The presence of multiple armed actors has contributed to restricting humanitarian space. Faced with such a situation, strengthening humanitarian coordination to promote access is essential. This is one of the reasons for the establishment of the Access Working Group (AWG/Access) in Niger, whose objective is to contribute to a more effective and coordinated humanitarian response, to support the efforts of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and other partners in the implementation and monitoring of the HCT access strategy and action plan and to analyse access constraints with a view to resolve the bottlenecks. The AWG is thus an analytical and advisory body to improve humanitarian access in the long term. NRC, as an active member of this body, wishes to strengthen its participation by providing a dedicated staff to act as co-lead alongside OCHA.
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NRC Niger is looking for an experienced and committed staff who would provide their expertise to the leadership of the group for effective and efficient implementation of the access strategy in Niger.
About the position
The Access Working Group Co-Lead will be solely focused on co-chairing the Niger Access Working Group (AWG-Niger) alongside OCHA. While the position is hosted by NRC, it is expected that the Access Working Group Co-Lead will spend significant amounts of time in the offices of working group members to support improved collaboration and collective outcomes.
As co-chair, the Access Working Group Co-Lead is expected to drive collective action to overcome humanitarian access barriers impeding the delivery of principled and quality assistance to hard-to-reach areas, and in response to new emergencies. In addition, it is expected to capitalize on existing initiatives, research results and available tools by making them accessible to member organizations of AWG-Niger.
Roles and responsibilities
Some of your roles and responsibilities will include:
- Support in providing leadership and strategic direction to the AWG-Niger, working closely alongside the OCHA chair.
- Lead and contribute to the implementation of the AWG-Niger work plan, including mobilizing coalitions of member organisations to implement specific activities or to respond to emerging needs.
- Act as a key interlocutor for the AWG-Niger with other coordination fora such as the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Clusters, etc..
- Promote membership of, and active participation in, the AWG-Niger among humanitarian organizations in the country.
- Coordinate closely with other key humanitarian coordination fora to ensure the AWG-Niger is a relevant body within the broader humanitarian response. This coordination would aim to ensure the AWG’s priorities are addressing important gaps, that work is not being duplicated, and that the work of other mechanisms is informed and shaped by humanitarian access priorities identified by the AWG;
- Support the preparation and facilitation of monthly and ad-hoc AWG-Niger meeting, including preparation of the agenda, chairing and follow-up.
- Support the establishment of temporary sub-working groups/task forces to work on specific activities.
- Actively network with members of the AWG, both at working level representatives and country director/head of mission level officials to help ensure the working group is attune to members’ needs and in turn that it has willing and active member organizations.
- Potentially support the establishment of regional AWGs (AWG-R).
Professional and academic competencies
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in humanitarian work in conflict/post-conflict environments/volatile contexts
- Master’s Degree in related field (or Bachelor’s with equivalent work experience)
- Demonstrated experience in humanitarian coordination
- Demonstrated technical knowledge of humanitarian programming and access
- Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and how to operationalize them within a humanitarian response
- Understanding of humanitarian access dilemmas undermining delivery of effective humanitarian assistance in hard-to-reach areas, specifically in central-west Africa
- Fluency in English & French, both written and verbal
- Excellent writing and analytical skills
- Good knowledge of the typology of access constraints in the Central Sahel is an asset
- Experience in humanitarian or civil-military coordination in the Central Sahel is an asset
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What we offer:
- Grade 9 in NRC scale
- An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
- A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields
- 12-month contract
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 23/10/2022
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