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  • Posted on: 28 July, 2015 Deadline: 30 July, 2015
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    UNOCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

    We are recruiting to fill the following vacant position below:

    Humanitarian Affairs Officer


    Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

    While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

    The expression 'Internal candidates', shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

    Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    Organizational Setting and Reporting

    This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria, Abuja. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office.


    Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties

    • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned area.
    • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues.
    • Organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues.
    • Drafts and prepares regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts.
    • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
    • Assists in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Office's humanitarian work plan, usually expressed in the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) process.
    • Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
    • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
    • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
    • Provide substantial support to sector / cluster working groups as required and facilitate exchange on cross cutting issues.
    • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
    • Support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, the media, etc.
    • Manages the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
    • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country work mechanisms.
    • Organizes and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
    • Performs other duties as required.



    • Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems.
    • Analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response.
    • Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
    • Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned country/area.
    • Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery);
    • ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. Shows pride in work and in achievements;
    • demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
    • is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
    • is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    • shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    • remains calm in stressful situations.
    • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


    • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
    • solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
    • is willing to learn from others;
    • places team agenda before personal agenda;
    • supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


    • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
    • identifies priority activities and assignments;
    • adjusts priorities as required;
    • allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
    • foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
    • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
    • uses time efficiently.


    • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field.
    • A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area.
    • Two years of relevant experience at the international level is desirable.
    • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is desirable.
    • Experience in the UN Common System is desirable.
    • Experience in the region is desirable.


    • French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
    • For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
    • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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