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United Nations Jobs in Nigeria for Humanitarian Affairs Officer – Abuja

United Nations Jobs in Nigeria for Humanitarian Affairs Officer – Abuja


The main objectives of the Humanitarian support Unit (HSU) which is being established in the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RC) in Abuja, Nigeria are to support the coordination and response capacity of the United Nations Country team (UNCT) through the office of the RC and contribute to the strengthening of the partnership and engagement with the Government of Nigeria and Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) on humanitarian issues with regional implications
The National Humanitarian Affairs Officer will report to the Resident Coordinator (RC) of Nigeria

Duties and Responsibilities

The HAO will have the following main functions:

1. Support the UNCT in Nigeria in her/his role of coordinating international humanitarian response and assist in ensuring that inter-agency/organization, NGO, bilateral donor, government, and sectoral coordination mechanisms are set-up and functioning well, including disaster response preparedness;

2. Liaise with all relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities, with the aim of facilitating coordination, consensus-building, and trouble shooting;

3. Assist in the development of short and medium-term strategy, policy, planning and priorities, especially on needs analysis, targeting and monitoring; this includes activities relating to the Regional Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), mid-term reviews and other humanitarian strategy documents or appeals;

4. Assist in the regular monitoring and analysis of developments in the country and their impact on the humanitarian situation; assist in preparing regular situation reports and support the preparation of analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation;

5. Assist in the development of inter-agency contingency planning and ensure that the various contingency plans at country levels are consistent and well-coordinated including the availability of resources, keep abreast of developments relating to humanitarian risks in the country;

6. Support external relations and public information activities by providing information, advocacy in the field of humanitarian activities, support the UNCT in coordinating plans and resource mobilization efforts; support the dissemination of relevant information to the in-country donor community as appropriate.

7. Assist the UNCT in all matters related to natural disasters, in close consultation with the UNCT and the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROWCA) and in the production of regular updates, situation reports, appeals, costs plans for cash contributions made by/through OCHA and final reporting on their use.

8. Support the UNCT to assess and follow up on the ongoing national capacity and structures in order to ensure the effectiveness of the emergency preparedness and response capacity of the national government.

9. Provide ad-hoc information to the regional early warning mechanism.


Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates commitment to OCHA’s mission, vision and values.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning:

Shares knowledge and experience
Provides helpful feedback and advise to others in the office

Development and Operational Effectiveness
Demonstrates excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations
Demonstrates excellent knowledge of international humanitarian issues
Demonstrates strong IT skills

Leadership and Self-Management
Focuses on result for the client
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of views

Required Skills and Experience

• University degree in political science, sociology, law, international relations, or related field
• Four years of relevant professional experience in the field of international humanitarian affairs
• Proven inter-personal and good communication skills
• Experience in a multi-cultural environment
• Computer literacy
• Fluency in English (written and oral). Knowledge of French desirable.


NOTE: Applications should be submitted on line and include the UNDP Personal History Form (P11) posted at  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


NOTE: Applications should be submitted on line and include the UNDP Personal History Form (P11) posted at  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadline : 28-Jan-11

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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