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The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.

Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid.

The Commission, through its Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.

With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.

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  • On 17 January, a Nigerian Air Force aircraft bombed an IDP camp in Rann, in northeastern Nigeria Borno State. The Army has said the airstrike was intended to target Boko Haram insurgents believed to be present in the vicinity of Rann and hit the IDP camp by mistake.
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  • The military offensive for Western Mosul could begin in the next 2 months and will most probably result in operations to retake the complex city of Telefar. It is estimated that there are 750 000 civilians inside Western Mosul, and 30-50 000 individuals in Telefar. The UN reported that access is extremely limited for humanitarian partners in these areas of Western Ninewa, predominantly under the control of Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). DG ECHO is promoting new partnerships in currently uncovered or underserved areas in Western Ninewa, including Telefar.
18 Jan 2017 description
  • The severe drought affecting Somalia has now triggered a pre-famine alert "in a worst-case scenario" by specialists of the UN.
18 Jan 2017 description
  • It is estimated that the Eastern Bank of Mosul will be entirely retaken within coming weeks by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). As of 16 January, 150 000 individuals have been displaced as a result of Mosul offensive, with over 80% residing in camps. An estimated 400 000 civilians remained in their homes throughout the offensive and are in need of humanitarian assistance.

18 Jan 2017 description
  • Heavy rains and strong winds have been affecting the Visayas region and Mindanao over the past two days, causing floods and landslides. Approx. 209 mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in Dipolog City (Mindanao island). As of 17 January, local media reported six deaths. 1 060 people have been evacuated and at least 5 000 people have been affected in Misamis Oriental Province.

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The job holder carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response and more specifically ECHO’s Disaster Risk Reduction/Resilience Integrated Operational Approach. The job holder contributes to assessments, monitoring and evaluations of projects, as well as to the analysis of the humanitarian context in the area of coverage.