Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer [TJO], P2

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 16

Position description

This position is located in the Peer to Peer Project, in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Geneva, Switzerland. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. 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 Peer 2 Peer team (P2P) is an inter-agency team which includes senior NGO and UN colleagues with extensive experience in humanitarian operations. It reports to the Emergency Directors Group (EDG) Chair and is a component of the IASC. The P2P provides peer-to-peer support for country operations to bring about a better collective (system-wide) humanitarian response. Its primary focus is to support Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) to strengthen collective humanitarian response in field operations. It conducts missions with teams of senior UN and NGO peers that use a bottom-up and participatory change management approach to identify specific HCT actions that will strengthen the ability to deliver assistance effectively and collectively. The Peer-2-Peer Project has a secondary focus on learning. The project shares practical examples between HCs and HCTs from different field operations, of how complex problems have been tackled. Learning products can take the form of a short explanatory note or a case study; or it can be in the form of a webinar where HCs and senior NGO officials from the field talk about the ways in which they have overcome challenge.

The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer.


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

•In consultation with a Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, assists in the design and preparation of studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief and related issues and in various follow-up activities. •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 webinars (Identifying Topic, Panelist, Creating the webinar invite, Presentation, Outline, event, recording, loading on YouTube & creating the webpage on; - maintaining the Peer 2 Peer website ; serves as reporter to such events. •Assists in scheduling meetings with the team and daily maintenance of Director’s calendar and mission planning; •Assists in the preparation of budget of the section and enable timely reporting to donors; •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. •Participates in project/programme formulation and mobilization of relevant resources. •Performs other duties as required.


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, emergency relief assistance and related humanitarian issues. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


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 is required.

Experience with budget preparations and reporting to donors is required.

Experience in coordinating mission planning, agenda and communicating with humanitarian partners at HQ and field is required.

Experience in website management and organizing webinars is required.

Experience with use of Peer-2-Peer methodology is desirable.


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


The evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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