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Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Islamabad, Bagh, Muzaffarabad, Mansehra, Battagram
Posted On:
03 December, 2005
Last Date to apply:
14 December, 2005
Experience in years
2 to 4

Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation and development, or other related area, of which at least three years of relevant (field) and experience in management of natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officers will be responsible for the following duties:

Monitor, analyze and report on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in earthquake-affected areas.

Organize and prepare studies on humanitarian, earthquake relief and related issues; organize follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues.

Participate in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; assist in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); draft situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of earthquake affected areas.

Partner with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and earthquake assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations.  

Manage the production of appeals for international assistance; ensure the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.

Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.

Undertake and provide support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participate in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms.    

Prepare or contribute to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. draft sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.

Serve as the primary focal point on specific topics or policy-related issues; keep abreast of latest developments, liaise with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensure appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provide information and advice on a range of related issues.

Review and provide advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Organize and participate in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and earthquake relief-related matters.

Ensure that data from various operational sources are regularly transmitted to the HIC by all sector entities in the format established by the latter.

Collaborate as closely as possible with the Information Officer to ensure that material for public information is verifiable and correctly reflects data from response operations.

Provide regular weekly or fortnightly synopsis of programme performance to the Head of OCHA at Islamabad.

Provide guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.

Perform other duties as required.

Results Expected:

Sound analytical inputs and advice that contribute to improving institutional capacity and ability to articulate policy on a growing number of humanitarian and relief assistance issues.  Take action to identify humanitarian affairs and related issues/problems and develop creative approaches to problem resolution. Timely delivery of assigned outputs.  Develop partnerships and interact effectively with colleagues internally and externally.

Core Competencies

Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address difficult problems; strong 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 to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems; strong research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff.

Commitment to Continuous Learning - Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Communications - Good communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style.

Planning & Organizing - Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines.

Technology Awareness - Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, internal databases, Internet, etc.

Teamwork - Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeUniversity degree in political science, sociology, law, international relations, or related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.

Must Title Level Description
YesLanguage Excellent  Fluency in oral and written English is essential and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned duty station; ability to work under extreme pressure
YesOther Skills Good  Other Skills: Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian assistance. Knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.