Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs at UNOCHA


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Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs at UNOCHA

UNOCHA Kenya looking for “Humanitarian Affairs Officer”. Applicants with a degree in University Degree may apply on or before 11th Jan 2022.


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UNOCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs

The UNOCHA has published a job vacancy announcement for qualified Kenyans to fill in the vacant post of Humanitarian Affairs Officer to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Job Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

UNOCHA Job Vacancy

  • Deploys on humanitarian surge and support missions in Southern and Eastern Africa as requested, including to facilitate: humanitarian operational coordination (e.g. chairing inter-cluster meetings); humanitarian financing proposals (e.g. CERF applications); implementation of preparedness actions (e.g. contingency plans); development of humanitarian needs overviews and appeals; and humanitarian needs assessments.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned areas of Southern and Eastern Africa .
  • Organizes and prepares updates and reports on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues in assigned countries/areas of coverage; organizes follow-up work, including interagency meetings to support information-sharing and decision-making on important issues.
  • Participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions to countries in the region; deploys on surge to 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.); drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries.
  • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and coordinate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes – including through deployment on surge if required – and helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender and protection-related considerations.
  • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance – including Humanitarian Needs Overviews, Humanitarian Response Plans and Flash Appeals – in the region; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, etc.
  • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to review and/or support specific country coordination mechanisms.
  • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of background papers, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on specific humanitarian topics or policy-related issues; keeps abreast of latest developments, liaises with other humanitarian organizations, donors, etc., ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting mechanisms; provides information and advice on a range of related issues.
  • Reviews and provides advice on issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance; provides technical advice to humanitarian leadership and country teams on cross-cutting issues, such as protection and gender considerations and may act as ROSEA Focal Point on one or more of these issues;
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters in the region.
  • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
  • Performs other duties, and surge assignments, as required.

Position in Organization:

  • Posting Title: Humanitarian Affairs Officer, P3
  • Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Duty Station: NAIROBI
  • Posting Period: 28 December 2021 – 11 January 2022
  • Job Opening Number: 21-Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA-171490-R-Nairobi (X)
  • Staffing Exercise: N/A



  • 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. A first-level university degree in combination with two 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, or other related area is required.
  • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience at the international level is desirable.
  • Recent experience in emergency response in Africa is desirable.
  • Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organization is desirable.

How to Apply UNOCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs

The Closing Date: 11th Jan 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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