OCHA-PIO-P3/P4-Amman, Jordan

Location: Amman, Jordan, Jordan
Date Posted: 09-03-2018

1. Post title and level:________Public Information Officer, P3/4

2. Duty Station Country and Location: Amman, Jordan

4. Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA: ~~

The humanitarian situation in Syria and the neighboring countries continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate.

As the crisis enters its seventh year, civilians continue to bear the brant of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. 13.1 million people continue to require humanitarian assistance, including 6.3 million people facing acute needs. Over half of the population has been forced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times. Children and youth, millions of whom have known nothing but conflict, comprise more than half of the displaced as well as ' half of those in need of humanitarian assistance. Parties to the conflict act with impunity as they continue to commit violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

The OCHA Regional Office (RO) for the Syria Crisis is a dedicated L3 crisis response office covering the Syria crisis sub-region. The RO provides a suite of expert services and convening functions in support of the Syria crisis HCs, OCHA Country Offices and humanitarian partners in Syria, Turkey and Jordan, as well as to NGOs in Lebanon and Iraq. The RO supports the RHC and HC Syria in their role as co-chairs of the Whole of Syria Strategic Steering Group.

5. Brief surge need justification

(explain why the post is urgent and why current/other OCHA capacity cannot cope/does not apply):

The RO requires immediate communications support to the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, who is receiving a high volume of media requests and has requested OCHA assistance in overall top line media messaging, including the development of a media strategy.

6. OCHA's role and key challenges:

The office is tasked with driving and supporting a coherent humanitarian response across the operational response hubs towards priorities established under the Whole of Syria approach.

7. Main partners and stakeholders in the field:

The RO serves as the primary support office to the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) for the Syria Crisis, and convenes a range of regional/sub-regional partner forums in Amman, including the UN and INGO Regional Directors groups and the Syria Donor Working Group.

Travel within country/region required? If so, has field office foreseen funds to cover related costs?

The PI Officer may be expected to travel within the region, particularly Beirut. The field office has funds to cover the costs.

11. Will an equipped workstation and any necessary communication and MOSS equipment be made available to the surge deployee? Have funds been foreseen to cover all required operational costs?

Yes. Sufficient funds exist to support the communication and MOSS requirements of the surge deployee.

12. Details on security situation / structure and staff well-being (e.g. security level, living conditions?):

Amman is a level A duty station._____

13. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a few bullet points):

• Support the development of a communications/media strategy for the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, in coordination and consultation with the WoS leadership and OCHA Syria, Turkey and Jordan.

« Facilitate top line/key media messages

• Facilitate media briefings

• Coordinate media requests and queries

• Support in the drafting of statements and briefings

14. Specific required skills (languages, experience, etc)

Candidates with a communications or media background required. Candidates with OCHA or UN

communications experience and fluent Arabic speaker desirable.
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