Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Juba, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd January, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which 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.

This temporary job opening is being advertised for the position of Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer and is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Juba, South Sudan. The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer acts as the Special Assistant to the Head of the OCHA Office in South Sudan and the primary OCHA focal point for secretariat support to high-level fora, including the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and meetings in which the HCT engages with the Government of South Sudan. The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to Head of Office.


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

  •  Coordinates and provides all secretariat functions for, the South Sudan Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) including developing the weekly HCT meeting agenda, liaising with HCT members to identify strategic topics for discussion, and following-up with various components of the humanitarian community on decisions taken and action required.
  •  Establishes/maintains relationships with key interlocutors in South Sudan - with national authorities, members of the Humanitarian Country Team, humanitarian partners, and members of the diplomatic community.
  •  Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues.
  •  Contributes to the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents etc.
  •  Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
  •  Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
  •  Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies and partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific humanitarian-related subjects/issues; serves as reporter to such events.
  •  Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, country or region concerned.
  •  Participates in technical assistance, disaster assessment or other missions, if requested.
  •  Participates in project/programme formulation and mobilization of relevant resources.
  •  Performs other duties as required, including the backstopping of other colleagues during R&R and leave.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or related area. 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.
  •  Experience in the UN Common System is highly desirable.
  •  Experience in the country context (South Sudan) is desirable.
  •  Experience working in the front office of an international organization is highly desirable.
  •  Experience supporting humanitarian coordination architecture in a complex emergency or natural disaster setting is desirable.
  •  Experience with key coordination tools (CERF, Flash Appeals, clusters, etc.) is desirable.
  •  Experience organizing events/meetings in a relevant professional setting is desirable.

 No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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