OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Strategic Coordination), Jobs

OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Strategic Coordination), Jobs in Nigeria

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is part of the United Nations Secretariat and is 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.


  • Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Strategic Coordination) will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in the country as well as supervises work related to assessments and community engagement/accountability to affected people.

    • Organizes and prepares reports 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 and ensures the implementation of recommendations.

    • Manages the production of appeals for international assistance, including the Humanitarian Program Cycle (Humanitarian Response Plan, Humanitarian Needs Overview, etc) ; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.

    • Leads and/or participates 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; leads and support access analysis and civil military coordination, drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements.

    • 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.

    • Establishes and maintains contacts with e.g. government officials at national and subnational level, other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, diplomatic missions, etc. Ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, including on early warning and contingency planning, etc.

    • Assists national government counterparts in capacity-building for handling emergency

    • situations; develops country-specific indicators in collaboration with area experts and ensures the subsequent monitoring of these indicators; recommends actions based on the analysis of pertinent information.

    • 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 coordination mechanisms.

    • Leads and/or contributes as appropriate 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.

    • Serves as the primary focal point and/ or reviews and provide advice on specific topics or policy-related issues, including on safeguarding humanitarian principles and humanitarian access, civil military coordination’s and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance, keeping abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations; ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; and provides information and advice on a range of related

    • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
    • Performs other duties as required.


    • Professionalism: 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.

    • Teamwork: 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.

    • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. client.

    • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required.

  • Field experience in in emergency situations (complex emergency, natural or health) is required.

  • Experience in the UN Common System or other international organization is desired.

  • At least two (2) years of international experience is desired.


  • 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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Strategic Coordination), Jobs in Nigeria

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