About the Center for International Peace Operations
The Berlin Center for International Peace Operations was established in 2002 by the Federal Government of Germany and the German Parliament to strengthen international civilian capacities for crisis prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It is a non-profit limited liability company, whose sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Foreign Office. ZIF provides services and expertise for peace operations, election observation missions as well as humanitarian surge deployments.
ZIF’s Expert Pool
For peace operations, humanitarian surge deployments and election observation missions, we recruit and second German personnel. We manage the ZIF Expert Pool to facilitate the deployment of pre-qualified and pre-selected personnel to operations at short notice. As the employer, we are fully committed to our duty of care obligations before, during and after deployment. ZIF supports humanitarian UN partner agencies by deploying humanitarian experts.
Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster Coordination Officer Profile
The objective of Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) is to ensure equitable access to assistance, protection, and services for internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in displacement sites, to improve their quality of life and dignity during displacement while seeking and advocating for durable solutions.
The CCCM Cluster therefore supports people affected by natural disasters and conflict with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate settings.
Where the CCCM Cluster has been activated, the CCCM Cluster Coordination Officer supports the receiving organization’s representation in a specific country or region in implementing the agency’s role as cluster lead.
The CCCM Cluster Coordination Officer raises awareness about the needs of people residing in camps and camp-like settings and performs a broad range of CCCM tasks comprising of, but not limited to, coordination, strategy development, information management, needs assessments, reporting and advocacy.
Although providing high-quality advice for decision-making for the receiving organization (UNHCR or IOM), the main task of the Coordination Officer is to provide coordination services for the wider humanitarian community. The Coordination Officer is responsible for convening CCCM cluster coordination meetings with relevant stakeholders ensuring a consultative and results-oriented approach. The Coordination Officer furthermore liaises with the Global CCCM Cluster Coordinator.
During the initial phase of an emergency, the Coordination Officer is tasked to support the planning and implementation of coordinated needs assessments. The person ensures that the needs of residents residing in camps and camp-like structures are assessed and that humanitarian actors respond effectively and in a prioritized manner.
In collaboration with relevant stakeholder, the Coordination Officer develops a national CCCM cluster strategy and monitors that the CCCM response is in line with the strategy. The Coordination Officer furthermore advocates for the inclusion of cross-cutting topics like age, gender, diversity, HIV and environmental protection in the CCCM response of agencies coordinating through the cluster.
In addition, the Coordination Officer is responsible for the adequate representation of the cluster in humanitarian coordination fora like the Humanitarian Country Team, with the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator and in inter-cluster coordination.
The coordination efforts shall lead to the timely and effective assessment of needs, the planning for CCCM responses, prioritization of tasks, and inclusion of proposals in inter-agency funding appeals as well as implementation, reporting and evaluation of CCCM activities.
In order to inform the host government, cluster members, the humanitarian community and donors, the Coordination Officer provides information management products.
The close coordination with national and local governments as well as civil society and the affected population is key to the Coordination Officer’s role in advocating for CCCM topics and in ensuring accountability. It is therefore imperative that the Coordination Officer maintains productive relationships with a large variety of actors.
However, apart from the coordination role, the CCCM Coordination Officer may offer advice to cluster members in planning and implementing activities that benefit residents of camps and camp-like settings. The person ensures that humanitarian standards and technical standards are adhered to and that contingency planning and emergency preparedness measures are developed in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
Cluster Coordination Officers are increasingly requested to plan and deliver CCCM trainings for partners – an important task to support the localization of humanitarian responses.
Specific profile requirements
- University or technical college degree preferably but not limited to international relations, political science, public administration, or other social sciences or related field of study;
- Experience in managing teams;
- Excellent knowledge of humanitarian coordination;
- Work experience in the context of displacement;
- Work experience as Field Officer or in CCCM highly desirable;
- Good understanding of humanitarian standards;
- Good understanding of CCCM and protection guidelines and standards;
- Experience in the field of needs assessments;
- Prior experience in working with different international organizations (UN agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) desirable;
- Prior experience in working with UNHCR and IOM is an asset;
- Experience in project management;
- Expertise in planning and organizing as well as engaging others;
- Experience in capacity-building is an asset.
General profile requirements
- German citizenship;
- Completed vocational training and/or studies (preferably in the professional profile for which you are applying);
- Several years of relevant professional experience in a humanitarian setting (or comparable);
- Experience in crisis or conflict areas desirable;
- English language skills at level C1 and above;
- Further language skills at level B2 and above desirable (especially French, Spanish and Arabic – in some cases level B1 may be acceptable for Arabic language skills);
- Physical and mental fitness for travel in tropical areas;
- Availability for a deployment for at least six months.
How to apply
Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Open until filled
To apply for ZIF’s Expert Pool, please visit the following website (redirecting to German application page):
Kindly note that you apply for a humanitarian roster. ZIF currently finalizes relevant standby agreements. A deployment opportunity may arise in the near future.