Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Somali Region, Ethiopia

Post title and level: Humanitarian Affairs Officer, L-3

Location: Somali Region, Ethiopia

Duration: 6 months

Vacancy Notice number: OCHA/G/46/2008

Closing date: 04 March

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Office works in support of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to facilitate a coordinated, well-resourced and effective international relief response to recurring emergency situations in the country and the bridging of the transition from relief to recovery.

Functionally, the work of the Office breaks into four main areas:

1.Coordination and advocacy

2.Field monitoring and analysis

3.Information management and humanitarian reporting and

4.Humanitarian research and evaluation.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) preferably in political or social science, international studies, public administration, economics, legal discipline or related field.

A combination of relevant academic background (at least a first level university degree id est Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and extensive relevant professional experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.


Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation and development, of which three (3) years of field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency efforts.

Field experience in the Horn of Africa and Ethiopia will be considered as advantage.

Proven ability to work in an inter-agency environment and experience in working with government officials and technical staff in a cooperative manner is essential.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English essential.

Other Skills:

  • Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance.

  • Knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.

  • Computer literacy (in Microsoft word, excel, power point and internet applications).

  • Experience in office management and administration.

  • Proven skills in writing reports.

  • Cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills essential.

  • Ability to build and lead a field team under difficult and insecure conditions important.

    Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

    All posts are subject to availability of funds.

    Applications from qualified female candidates and from nationals of non- and under-represented countries are particularly encouraged.

    Diploma of completed University degree may be requested in due course.

    Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.

    How to apply:

    All applicants are requested to email the following documents to the OCHA Human Resources Section/AO:

    1. Cover letter, explaining why you consider yourself qualified and motivated for this particular position

    2. Completed Summarized Personnel Information Form

    3. Completed P-11 and P-11 Supplementary Forms

    All Application Forms can be found at:

    It would be appreciated if you state your full name and the OCHA vacancy notice number (OCHA/G/46/2008) as the subject in your e-mail application.

    Send your application to: ochavacancies[at]

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