United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Humanitarian Response Coordinator

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description


Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and /or Head of Office, the incumbent will assist the Country Office in the planning, Coordination and implementation of humanitarian interventions, including rapid assessments, programme development and implementation. The incumbent will provide direct support to the regions affected by crises in the acute response phase and, in consultation with the Representative, will closely work with authorities, humanitarian agencies, civil society and local counterparts to provide Humanitarian Assistance to crisis affected communities in a manner consistent with the methodology outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cluster system and Humanitarian Programme Cycle.

Duties and responsibilities:

The scope of the activities listed below may vary depending on the length of assignment and phase of the crisis.

Programme Development and Implementation

  • Ensure inclusion of RH, GBV, and gender concerns in joint UNCT/UNDAC missions and other rapid assessments in close collaboration with RH and GBV officers.

  • Advise the UNFPA CO and sub-Office; assist in the preparation for and participate in coordination meetings relating to Emergency response, and ensure follow up.

  • Support the development of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Flash Appeal proposals and ensure quality review.

  • Coordinate the implementation of the UNFPA Standards Operating Procedures for humanitarian settings.

  • Liaise with UNFPA ROs, and HQ units to share information, provide necessary updates and seek guidance as necessary.

  • Identify areas of collaboration with humanitarian agencies and national counterparts to address RH, HIV/AIDS, youth, gender and GBV issues in their plans, and programmes.

  • Liaise with community organizations, faith-based organizations, and community leaders to increase their participation in the process of planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.

  • Participate in CO and other cluster/ inter-agency meetings as needed.

Rapid Assessments/field visits

  • As appropriate, participate in /ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s core areas of responsibility in rapid field/needs assessments of the crisis-affected populations.

  • If applicable, visit Refugee/IDP and host communities and conduct in-depth interviews with camp managers, UNHCR and other agencies present on the ground to gather information on the immediate needs of the people and the services to be provided.

  • Undertake missions and assessments as appropriate to recommend strategic approaches and to address issues, such as RH, HIV/AIDS, gender, GBV, mental health and psychosocial issues, data and young people.

Orientation / training

  • Orient Country Office on Humanitarian Reform and UNFPA’s role within the reform, especially as it relates to the Cluster Approach and the contents CERF Life-Saving Criteria and provide overall orientation on UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Familiarize/orient the CO with existing rapid needs assessment tools.


  • As requested, coordinate CO’s various interventions and represent UNFPA at Cluster / Working Group coordination meetings to share knowledge and ensure comprehensive understanding.

  • Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters, and/or, if appropriate, assist in the establishment of working groups to address RH, GBV and gender.

  • Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health, protection, WASH, Camp Management, education, logistics, Early Recovery) to ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s mandate.

Communication / reporting

  • Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.

  • Assist in providing regular updates to OCHA and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e.: OCHA SitRep).

  • Track and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training).

Resource mobilization / humanitarian funding

  • Advocate for inclusion of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) PoA in emergency response and ensure UNFPA is well positioned in resource mobilization efforts, including humanitarian funding mechanisms such as Flash Appeal / CERF).

  • As necessary, identify and organize meetings with in-country donors to discuss resource mobilization.

Capacity Development

  • Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate.

  • Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.

Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Head of Office, RO/SRO, and HQ.

Master degree or equivalent
  • Advanced technical degree preferably in medicine, public health, social sciences, humanitarian response, international relations or related field.

60 Months
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in coordinating, developing and implementing humanitarian interventions in crisis settings.

  • Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.

  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

General human medicine (with clinical experience), Public health, Other health related experience No

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Working in Teams


* Si vous n’êtes pas encore enregistré(e) dans la base des données du programme VNU :

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2. Après avoir créé votre compte, complétez toutes les sections de votre profil et soumettez-le.

3. Ensuite, allez à 'Ma page' à https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup , cliquez sur le lien « Recrutement spécial » et sélectionnez l'appel spécial auquel vous souhaitez postuler.

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1. Veuillez d'abord mettre à jour votre profil à l'adresse https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile

2. Ensuite, allez à 'Ma page' à https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage

3. et cliquez sur le lien « Recrutement spécial » et sélectionnez l'appel spécial auquel vous souhaitez postuler

NB: Il s'agit d'un poste pour les Volontaires des Nations Unies Nationaux. Seuls les ressortissants du pays de programme ou les résidents légaux du pays de programme avec le statut de réfugié ou encore les résidents légaux du pays ou du territoire de programme avec le statut d’apatride sont admissibles à déposer leur candidature

Les candidatures féminines sont fortement encouragées.

Date limite de candidature : 19/04 / 2020



* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

1. Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup

2. Important : After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it.

3. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool ?

1. Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile.

2. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and

3.Click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Note: This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of (the Programme Country) and legal residents in (the Programme Country or territory) with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline : 19/ 04 / 2020

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