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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;
  • Organize and prepare 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;
  • Develop key strategic partnerships with new partners to achieve a broader partner base for OCHA;
  • Advocate and mobilize resources towards Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs), Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and OCHA’s core programme;
  • Assist in the production of appeals for international assistance and ensure the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA; and
  • Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.


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 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. Working experience in external relations through developing and nurturing relationships and partnerships with Member States and Regional Organizations during the past 5 years is required. 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 Arabic is desirable.

Applicants need to possess the following competencies:

  • Professionalism
  • Planning & Organizing and
  • Client orientation.


Applications are to be done online by 15 February 2020.

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