Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Accountability for Affected Population – Programmes at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – UNOCHA

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 effort. 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. Facilitate sustainable solutions.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Location: Borno
  • City: Maiduguri
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management 

Key Duties And Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Head of Field Coordination, P3), the HAO/AAP – Programmes will ensure effective and efficient support on all activities related to Inter Sector Coordination and Programmes while maintaining full confidentiality in all aspects of the assignment, maintenance of procedures, management of information flow, follow up on deadlines and commitments. The HAO/AAP – Programmes will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Local coordination through monitoring, analysis, and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management, or emergencies in assigned locations.
  • Ensures effective and efficient program and field-level support for Inter-Cluster Coordination.
  • Participates in large, complex organizational and inter-agency projects; participates in mission planning and execution.
  • Work with the LGA desk officers, NEMA, and SEMA on the coordination of humanitarian assistance by identifying and setting up appropriate structures and preparing relevant inter-sector coordination meetings at the local government level when required. Ensure close consultation and coordination with state and national authorities/partners,
  • Coordination of the inter-agency needs assessments and contingency planning in the event of immediate threats.
  • Aid with the preparation and implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) within the framework of the HNO and the HRP for Nigeria
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, and consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Build and maintain relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, and governmental officials to ensure the effective exchange and dissemination of information.
  • Serves as the primary focal point on specific 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 various related issues. Makes research of contacts in the media, government, private sector, donors, other agencies, civil society, and other stakeholders for OCHA’s advocacy efforts.
  • Any other assignments at the request of the Head of Field Coordination.


  • Professionalism: Proven analytical capacity and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend appropriate solutions. Ability to relate humanitarian affairs issues and perspectives, including gender issues, political and economic, social, and human rights in the presentation of coherent analysis and reporting. Strong negotiation skills: ability to lead and gain assistance from others in a team endeavor, and to articulate coherent arguments to reach an agreement. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g., armed conflict, 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.
  • Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan and organize, establish priorities, manage, and monitor work plans, coordinate competing demands, and work to tight deadlines.
  • Communications: Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively, including the ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum information, and making, and defending recommendations.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, Law, or a related field


  • a first-level university degree with relevant academic qualifications with a combination of 4 years of relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of two (2) years (Master’s degree) or 4 years (with a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related areas is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience working in the field within the context of humanitarian affairs is desirable.
  • Experience working in inter-cluster coordination is desirable.
  • Experience working on the Humanitarian Programme Cycle is desirable.
  • Experience with the UN operational system or other comparable international organizations is desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of Hausa and other local languages is desirable.


  • “Please upload copies of your academic qualifications and 3 latest Performance Evaluations (if applicable)”

Method of Application