United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Humanitarian Affairs Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the 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 in the formulation of strategies of engagement in support of the mandate of OCHA at both technical and operational levels. This will require liaison with relief and recovery agencies, central and local authorities, as well as other actors across areas of operation, to ensure effective and transparent Coordination. She/he also provides support in humanitarian/development Nexus coordination, humanitarian funding appeals, Humanitarian Country Team secretariat functions, and the monitoring and reporting of humanitarian conditions on a regular basis in support of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of HAT, the National HAO will be responsible for the following:
  1. Substantive assistance in the implementation of inclusive, field-level coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, local authorities and affected people;
  2. Regular monitoring and Analysis of humanitarian developments and support the preparation of internal and public analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation;
  3. Effective monitoring of humanitarian risks to ensure that contingency plans are consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources; supporting the inter-agency contingency planning;
  4. Strengthen Emergency preparedness measures including drafting inter-agency contingency plans, developing and supporting preparedness exercises, supporting civil-military coordination, monitor natural disaster trends, and provide preparedness Advisory Services to Government and partners;
  5. Support advocacy initiatives on issues impacting humanitarian needs and response efforts through the collection of information, liaison with local and international humanitarian partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.;
  6. Provision of secretariat and coordination support to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator/HCT,and provide analytic   inputs to humanitarian strategies;
  7. Liaise with humanitarian partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and monitor the impact of response activities in support of coordination efforts; and track information required for early warning of potential conflict and conflict-related vulnerability; and
  8. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Head of Office.



Innovation. Ability to make new and useful ideas work.  Leadership. Ability to persuade others to follow.  People Management. Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.  Communication. Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.  Delivery. Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, International relations, Political Science or related field is required, 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 and Local language is required.

  • Non-Smoking environment .


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