The position is located in the Country Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) Section in the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division (HRMD), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA is 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 position is in New York. The incumbent reports to the Head of the Field Management Support Unit in CBPF Section.
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 two additional years of 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 humanitarian affairs in a complex emergency or natural disaster context is required. Experience in project management is required. Experience in managing humanitarian grants is desirable. Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organisation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.