Job Vacancies at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Job Vacancies at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer NGO Job at UNOCHA

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 position below:

Job Title: Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer (TJO), P2

Job Opening Number: 18-Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA-101575-J-Abuja (X)
Location: Abuja
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is 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 efforts.

OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

This temporary job opening is being published for the position of Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Special Assistant in Abuja, Nigeria. The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Special Assistant reports to the Head of Office,OCHA Nigeria.

Responsibilities

  • Within the delegated authority, the Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer / Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
  • In consultation with the Deputy Head of Office and OCHA Head of Office, assists in the design and preparation of studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief and related issues and in various follow-up activities.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues.
  • Contributes to the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, correspondence, presentations etc. as required.
  • Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
  • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance.
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific humanitarian-related subjects/issues; serves as reporter to such events.
  • Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, country or region concerned.
  • Participates in technical assistance, disaster assessment or other missions.
  • Participates in project/programme formulation and mobilization of relevant resources.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian issues. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
  • Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery).
  • 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and Organizing: 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.

Education

  • An 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 is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, conflict resolution, communication or related area is required. Experience in developing, analyzing and reviewing reports for senior management is desirable
  • No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Languages:

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment:

  • The evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of the applications, an assessment exercise and/or a competency-based interview.

Application Closing Date
9th August, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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