This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kaya, Burkina Faso. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer heads the OCHA sub-office in Kaya and reports to the Head of Office in Ouagadougou. OCHA 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.
This temporary job opening is being published for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Head of Sub-Office in Kaya, Burkina Faso (subject to change depending on operational requirements). The incumbent reports to the Head of Office OCHA Burkina Faso.
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.