This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (OUSG) in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York, which is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to OCHA Chief of Staff.
Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required. Field experience in a complex emergency or natural disaster context is desirable. Experience with a United Nations special political or peacekeeping mission is desirable. Relevant experience working in a front office is desirable. Experience working directly with and advising senior management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.