Expert profiles that are currently in much demand by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

The general requirements for admission to the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) apply. 

Admission criteria

Specialists in Water and Environmental Sanitation (WASH)

Tasks: As a WASH specialist, your job is to plan and implement the programmes to construct water supply and sanitation network systems. This includes all tasks relating to the construction process (identifying water sources, design, planning and implementation). You will use your technical expertise to ensure the technical integrity of the projects, which are often implemented in difficult contexts.

Requirements: You are reliable, flexible and take the initiative. You work independently and efficiently, and you are prepared to take on responsibility for a project.

Qualifications: You have a degree from a higher education institution or an equivalent vocational training qualification in civil or environmental engineering, hydrogeology, geology or the natural sciences. You have at least 8 years’ professional experience (minimum 3 years abroad), ideally within an international organisation. You are ready to commit to missions abroad that are at least 6 months long.

Disaster Risk Reduction programme officer

Tasks: Maintaining Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects and programmes aimed at improving disaster management systems by devising structural and non-structural measures such as risk assessments, developing preparedness plans/strategies, rescue training courses, community-based DRR, land use/catchment area management, early warning systems, awareness-raising, etc. and introducing DRR/CCA (climate change adaption) concepts in development projects as an overarching theme; additional tasks include policy dialogue, capacity building and networking in the DRR field with state institutions and project partners.

Skills: Proven skills in managing programmes and projects, particularly in the field of DRR; knowledge of the humanitarian challenges related to major natural disasters; good communication, conceptual and analytical skills.

Qualifications: University degree in environmental science (natural resources management, geography, geology, agronomy, forestry, rural engineer) or equivalent qualification with experience in disaster management/prevention and knowledge of key DRR and CCA concepts.

Protection officer – child protection officer

Tasks: Attached to an SDC office or seconded to a United Nations agency (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, WFP), your tasks (not exhaustive) are to: evaluate, monitor and analyse needs in terms of protecting and assisting different groups of refugees or IDPs via field visits; identify partnerships, formulate recommendations and assist governments or authorities in charge of planning and implementing protection programmes; coordinate operations to distribute goods and support services with other partners; organise or take part in coordination meetings and represent the organisation at multi-sectoral coordination meetings; advocate for protection activities at the regional/national policy level, organise training sessions on aspects of protection, edit reports.

Skills: Three to five years professional experience, at least two of which have been spent abroad working in the field of international protection, experience in managing/developing programmes for the protection of children in armed conflict including the reintegration of child soldiers, knowledge of the multilateral environment and its mechanisms, knowledge of reporting mechanisms, experience in coordination, working with governments, humanitarian negotiations (not exhaustive).

Qualifications: University degree or equivalent qualification in law, political science, international relations, development studies, social science or other related field.

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Officer, Protection Expert Group

Tasks: Secondment to a UN agency (e.g. United High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  in your capacity as a protection officer (SGBV).

Duties may include: carrying out an SGBV-related situation and needs analysis, providing support and protection to victims/survivors, developing and implementing SGBV prevention projects/programmes incl. monitoring and evaluation together with partners, developing and implementing standard operating procedures/referral pathways, participating in or (co-) chairing GBV coordination bodies, strategic planning, information management and reporting, advocacy, consultancy, mainstreaming SGBV prevention, carrying out capacity building, training courses and workshops.

Skills: Three to five years professional experience, of which at least two have been spent in a humanitarian or development context abroad working in a relevant field (SGBV, gender equality, protection/human rights, sexual and reproductive health); project management experience; knowledge of the multilateral humanitarian system; experience in training courses and (humanitarian) coordination; negotiating skills, a good ability to network and excellent social skills.

Qualifications: University degree or equivalent qualification in law, political science, international relations, development cooperation, health, social work, social sciences or other related field. 

If you are interested in any of these positions, we would be happy to receive your application.

SDC, Humanitarian Aid and SHA
Section Resources Field H
Ms. Selina Lüthi-Caspescha
Effingerstrasse 27
3003 Bern

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