United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Posting Title:

  • Humanitarian Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

    Job Code Title:

  • Humanitarian Affairs Officer


  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

    Duty Station: Addis Ababa

    Job Opening Number:

  • 18-Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA-107192-J-Addis Ababa (X)

    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 position is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travels to the field. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, OCHA Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Access and IDP analysis) reports to the Deputy Head of Office.


  • Advises the Head of Office on overall policy direction on humanitarian access and protection issues; more generally, review and provide advice on a diverse range of policy issues, safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and the linkages with other related areas, transition of coordination to national counterparts. Prepares policy position papers for review.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian access and protection and developments, disaster relief/management programmes or emergency situations in the country.
  • Leads and/or participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; coordinates international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations; ensures necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); prepares situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying gaps and unmet requirements.
  • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
  • 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.
  • Initiates and coordinates activities related to technical cooperation and technical assistance projects in humanitarian access and protection, disaster response and disaster response preparedness, formulates project proposals and relevant project documents, provides technical support to field work, reviews and clears project reports for submission to donors;
  • Analyzes and assists in introducing new technologies and approaches for disaster warning/management;
  • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and issues related to humanitarian access and protection; 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 emanating from relevant studies.
  • Assists or leads, as appropriate, in the preparation of OCHA reports, studies, background papers, policy guidelines, correspondence, presentations, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, etc.
  • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes; helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, 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.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy- related issues, including in relation to safeguarding humanitarian principles, humanitarian access and protection, and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance;
  • keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises
    with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian access and protection -related matters.
  • Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
  • Encourages and leads/facilitates the development of frameworks of engagements of humanitarian actors with relevant actors on access issues (e.g. ‘ground rules for humanitarian action, of interaction with armed groups, etc’), including civil military coordination issues in advocacy;
  • Performs other duties as requested by the OCHA Head of Office, the and the Deputy Head of Office as applicable


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Solid understanding of and experience with the Civil Military Coordination issues.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area, is required.
  • Relevant experience related to humanitarian access and protection issues is highly desirable.
  • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) 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 UN Secretariat.
  • For this position, fluency of English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 6th December 2018
  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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