United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Humanitarian Affairs Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer based in Cotabato and under the overall supervision of the Head of HAT, the incumbent is an integral part of the Mindanao team, working in close collaboration with provincial and regional governments, UN and Non-Government relief and development partners to support technical planning and operations aligned with the mandate of OCHA at in planning, preparedness and response.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of HAT, the Humanitarian Affairs Associate (Mindanao) will be responsible for the following:
  1. Coordination

    • Substantial assistance in the implementation of inclusive, field-level coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities.
  2. Reporting

    • Regular monitoring, Analysis and reporting on humanitarian developments in Mindanao, supporting the preparation of analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation; and
    • Effective monitoring of humanitarian risks to ensure that contingency plans are up to date, consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources; supporting the inter-agency contingency planning.
  3. Advocacy

    • Support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the  collection of information, liaison with humanitarian partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc; and
    • Support Emergency preparedness measures including drafting inter-agency contingency plans, developing and leading preparedness exercises, monitoring natural disaster trends, and provide preparedness Advisory Services to local governments and partners.
  4. Information Management

    • Provide secretariat and coordination support to the Mindanao Humanitarian Team, and provide analytic inputs to humanitarian strategies; and
    • Liaise with humanitarian partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of coordination efforts; and track information required for early warning of potential conflict and conflict-related vulnerability.
  5. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Head of HAT

    • This position may involve extensive traveling within Mindanao, as well as elsewhere in the Philippines and to provide international surge support to regional countries.



Innovation. Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Level 1: Assesses work with critical eye.

Leadership. Ability to persuade others to follow. Level 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work.

People Management. Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Level 1: Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives.

Communication. Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.Level 1: Reliably and consistently listens and interprets information and instruction correctly.

Delivery. Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement. Level 1: Meets goals and timelines for team deliverables.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Completed a first-level university degree in combination with a minimum of 3 (three) years of relevant experience.

  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant work experience in a mid-level advisory/management 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. Knowledge of Mindanao is an advantage.
Language Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written command of English and Local language is required. Command of one or more languages local to Mindanao would be an advantage.

  • This position may involve extensive traveling within Mindanao, as well as elsewhere in the Philippines and to provide international surge support to regional countries.


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