Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Risk Management and Compliance) Jobs in Ethiopia

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Risk Management and Compliance) Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. 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.

  • The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of the Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) and Manager of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF).

  • This temporary job opening is being advertised for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Risk Management and Compliance) and is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Addis Ababa, with OCHA Ethiopia.


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

    • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area which may impact performance of Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF); Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues and organizes follow-up work management response related to audits and evaluations of CBPFs;

  • Established and maintains contacts with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders to enable early detection of compliance issues in EHF funded projects and verifies prevention and control mechanisms;

    • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other activities to provide risk management training and undertakes in-depth reviews;

    • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc. related to risk management and compliance in the context of Country-Based Humanitarian Pooled Funds;

    • Serves as the primary focal point on monitoring and risk management and compliance of the EHF, keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms in line with global country-based pooled fund guidelines;

    • Reviews and provides advice to EHF manager on policy issues related to risk and compliance;

    • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters;

    • Performs other duties as requested by the Head of the Humanitarian Financing Unit.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights 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. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned country/area. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff.

  • 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 & 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s 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 two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required.

  • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.

  • Experience in compliance and risk management is desirable.

  • Experience in the UN Common System is desirable.

  • Experience in the region is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Risk Management and Compliance) Jobs in Ethiopia

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