United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Senior National Humanitarian Affairs Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The position is based in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Manila, Philippines, deployable to multiple locations across the country depending on needs. Under the direct supervision of the Manila-based Head of Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) and working as an integral part of the organization’s team, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with Government and relief/recovery partners to support the formulation of strategies of engagement in support of the mandate of OCHA at both technical and operational levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

In a broader context, the incumbent contributes to the Manila HAT Office’s support to the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, and the operations of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP), in Bangkok.

  1. Ensures effective coordination of Disaster Preparedness, response and recovery activities through adequate liaison and partnership with Government officials and local/national partners.

    • Supports the Head of HAT in his/her areas of responsibility as required, including deputizing in the management of staff and general operations of the office;
    • Facilitates building sector-specific strategies and mechanisms to address operational issues at the field level in collaboration with the Government and other partners;
    • Ensures/supports the planning, implementation and strengthening of inclusive coordination in his/her area of responsibilities, identifies gaps and suggests corrective actions and ensures inclusion of cross-cutting issues, such as gender mainstreaming, cash programming, civil-military coordination etc.;
    • Depending on the situation, leads/supports inter-agency coordination forums as well as other internal and government-led meetings, as required;
    • Maintains and strengthen relations with Government and relief/recovery partners in the field to enhance coordination, information sharing, trust building, advocacy and knowledge transfer in all matters related to streamlining and strengthening humanitarian coordination, preparedness and response;
    • Identifies sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesizing best practices and lessons learned directly linked to operational and programme policy goals; and
    • Identify and Design training and Capacity Building initiatives in line with OCHA’s work plan and country strategy. Organization of training for the operations/project staff and partners, on programme issues.
  2. Analytical leadership, development and implantation of programme strategies/mechanisms focusing on achievement of the following results:
    • Provide Analysis and policy advice on current and emerging humanitarian and recovery issues;
    • Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of humanitarian issues in the field;
    • Draft and prepare regular situation papers/reports highlighting relevant operational factors affecting the humanitarian situation and response efforts;
    • Follow-up on relief and recovery issues identified by partners, provide inputs to discussions and present conclusions in reports; and
    • Support the development of strategies/mechanisms to strengthen the effectiveness and quality of cross sector initiatives.
  3. Strengthens disaster preparedness and operational readiness measures, including a focus on achievement of the following results:
    • Support Disaster Management activities, facilitating joint approaches with UN and partner agencies for assessments, operational planning and response;
    • Support to emergency information needs through coordinated reporting, emergency reporting and information analysis;
    • Support inter-agency contingency planning and take the lead in matters related to natural disasters and conflict, including ensuring that the various contingency plans are updated, consistent and well-coordinated; and
    • Support the promotion of common needs assessment tools and the coordination of humanitarian partners for undertaking rapid impact assessments in the field.
  4. Performs other duties that may be required by the Head of HAT.

    • This position may involve extensive traveling within Philippines as well as providing international surge support, primarily within the Asia Pacific region.



Innovation. Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Level 7: Promotes stakeholder-centered design and appropriate risk-taking approaches for office / programme / division.

Leadership. Ability to persuade others to follow. Level 7: Positions the organization as a center of expertise and influence Inspires others to reach new heights.

People Management. Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Level 8: Creates atmosphere of trust to build acceptance and seek diverse views, cultures and individual needs across the organization.

Communication. Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform. Level 8: Articulates ideas for transformational change, which are actionable.

Delivery. Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement. Level 8: Creates a professional performance culture to deliver outcomes across the organization and continuously improve and adapt.


Professionalism. Ability to perform a broad range of program coordination activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of coordination mechanisms and information management. Level 7: Navigate & Guide: Charts a course for a systems approach to Continuous Learning, adaptation, and excellence, creating institutional imperatives to realize progress within across the relevant profession.

Communication. Excellent oral and written communication skills; Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors. Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Teamwork. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and respects diversity. Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Planning and Organizing. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required. Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Leadership and Self-Management. Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback. Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree in Social Sciences, Economics International Relations, Political Science or related field is a must OR in lieu of the Master’s degree, completed a first-level university degree in combination with 3 (three) years of relevant experience.

  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant work experience in a senior position, in the field of Humanitarian Affairs/ International development. Relevant experience in working with an UN agency or other international humanitarian agency is desirable.
  • Experience in the area of emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, humanitarian/development environment, field coordination is an asset.
Language Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written command of English is required

  • ​Excellent liaison, interpersonal and general communications skills; Ability to work with minimum supervision in a multi-cultural environment; Coordination and Information Management skills; Training and or capacity building skills; Presentation skills; Excellent command of MS Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).


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