Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières
Closing date: 18 Mar 2018
GENERAL OBJECTIVE AND JOB ENVIRONMENT
The OCBA Operational Cell 2 (Sahel) current portfolio includes the missions in Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.
The Dakar Unit is a decentralized structure within OCBA whose role and purpose is to support operations in the Sahel and beyond. The Dakar Unit includes positions that will provide technical support, HR support, training, representation and advocacy support to the field missions.
MSF OCBA operations in the Sahel present a series of unique challenges. Humanitarian needs in the region remain massive with different degree of “visibility” by donors and international institutions compounded by an extremely fragile context with active threats from many different formal and informal actors (non-state armed actors, criminal networks, Jihadists transnational movements etc). In the last years OCBA operations in the region have grown while we face difficulties of access due to insecurity and we need to adapt our responses to different set of challenges in each country through adapted packages of decentralized care, displacement/refugees support and support to hospitals as well as increasing our emergency responses in the region. At the same time, and due to the specific security constraints, the presence/ support to the regular projects as well as in case of emergency response or assessments/explos in new areas is limited (conditioned to specific nationalities) and there is lack of proper oversight, which is combined with new MSF teams at project level and capital and HR gaps. In the meantime the African French speaking pool grows and gets consolidated need more closer support from the cell to coach and boost operations.
Finally we also need to improve our engagement with local and regional actors and leverage our presence in the area to influence the international actors through communication and advocacy.
Bearing in mind these needs, linked with the context in which our operations are developed, and in order to enhance the support the cell gives to the current and future missions/projects/teams and to increase visibility and oversight of operations at cell level, it has been decided to incorporate an operational support function with high mobility and no movement limitations in terms of profile.
The RECO Support will play a key role in responding to the challenges described above. He/She will be in charge of the follow up of the implementation of the missions and project plans, fostering timely and quality implementation and promoting a critical analysis of the results, helping the country coordination teams to propose new activities, strategies or approaches to respond to the needs of the populations that we serve. He /she is expected to provide a strong input in the definition of operational and advocacy strategies.
In addition, she/he will induct and coach new managers at country level as well as covering critical gaps in regular and emergency responses and leading explos.
As well he/she will contribute to improve the local and regional networking to improve access and will support the teams in the definition and follow up of the security guidelines.
Finally, taking profit of his/her position in Dakar together with the Head of Dakar Unit will contribute to build and maintain a network among humanitarian, donor, UN and regional institutions, academics and think tanks present in Dakar to increase OCBA’s analytic capacity concerning the different countries, actors or developments happening in the region, with tactical advocacy/representation for OCBA on relevant issues linked to operational needs/concerns.
This position will be based in Dakar maximum 40% of his/her time with a field presence (capital and projects) of 60%. S/he is hierarchically and functionally under the RECO; the RECO provides him/her with support, guidance, supervision and development of professional competences.
S/he is part of the Cell 2. The Operational Cell is made up of a person in charge of the Cell (Desk or RECO), a health advisor (TESACO), a logistics advisor (TELOCO), a financial advisor (FINOCO), a human resources advisor (REHUCO), a Comms Advisor and a cell assistant.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
1. Provides an in-depth critical analysis of the mission and project activities with the goal of giving the mission insights to improve our operations
2. Provides induction/coaching to new management members at mission level as well as covers relevant gaps temporarily.
3. Ensures explo support and appropriate Emerg response
4. Contributes to the local/regional networking to improve access and security management.
Contributes from Dakar to the analytical capacity of OCBA portfolio and to the tactical operational advocacy of OCBA
6. Leads operational dossiers at RECO request
7. Leads follow-up and support of implementation of missions’ annual plans and project proposals
8. Leads the preparation and review of cell and mission key documents
9. Ensure security back up and mission support during RECO absence.
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