Humanitarian Affairs Officer at UNOCHA 208 views

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is recruiting a Humanitarian Affairs Officer, to be stationed in New York, USA.

Amongst other duties, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will:

  • Monitor, analyze and report on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in an assigned country/area;
  • Provide support and technical assistance to country based pooled funds teams of assigned countries;
  • Participate in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; assists in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support
  • Assist humanitarian community in capacity-building and organize training in relation to humanitarian financing broadly and country based humanitarian pooled funds in particular;
  • Under the guidance of the Head of Unit, serve as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues within humanitarian financing; keep abreast of latest developments, liaise with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
  • Undertake and provide support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms;
  • Review and provide advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance within humanitarian financing.


This is a P3 entry-level position and the annual net base salary will range approximately from US$37,000 to US$80,000 for for entry-level professionals (P1 – P3).

As a United Nations staff member the Humanitarian Affairs Officer may also be entitled to other allowances and benefits including:

  • Rental subsidy if newly arrived at the duty station the rent represents too high a proportion of the total remuneration;
  • Dependency allowances if there are an eligible dependent spouse and/or child(ren);
  • Under certain conditions an education grant if there are eligible children in school;
  • Travel and shipping expenses when moving from 1 duty station to another;
  • Assignment grant to assist in meeting initial extraordinary costs when arriving at or relocating to a new duty station;
  • At some duty stations, a hardship allowance linked to living and working conditions is paid;
  • Hazard pay and rest and recuperation break when serving in locations where the conditions are particularly hazardous, stressful and difficult; and
  • Health insurance, where the monthly premiums are co-shared.


Applicants should have an advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

They need to have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area. Experience in project management and in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organisation is desirable.

Applicants have to be proficient in English. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable and knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Applicants need to possess the following competencies:

  • Professionalism
  • Planning & Organizing and
  • Client orientation.


Applications are to be done online by 22 February 2019.

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