Job at The United Nations, Abuja for a Head of Office, Humanitarian Affairs

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Job Title: Head of Office, Humanitarian Affairs (TJO)
Job Opening Number: 63474
: Abuja
Job Code Title: Head of Office, Humanitarian Affairs
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Job Description

  • The position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • The Head of Office supports the UN Resident
    Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) under the overall
    leadership of the Director of the Coordination and Response Division
    (CRD) of OCHA.

Within the limits of delegated authority, and under the overall
leadership and direction of the Director of the Coordination and
Response Division (CRD) of OCHA and supporting the UN RC/HC, the Head of
Office will discharge and be responsible for the following functions:

Humanitarian Policy:

  • Serve as senior policy advisor to the UN RC/HC, the UN Country
    Team (UNCT) and the humanitarian country team on humanitarian principles
    and initiatives.
  • Act to strengthen cooperation among the humanitarian community
    on policy issues of inter-agency concern and serve as a key interlocutor
    with relevant Government partners.
  • Advise, promote and provide guidance to the UN RC/HC, the UNCT
    and the humanitarian county team on humanitarian reform initiatives
    including cluster coordination, humanitarian financing, etc.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with the international community
    in order to raise awareness and advocate for issues of humanitarian

Humanitarian Programming / Coordination:

  • Provide strategic support to the UN RC/HC in the preparation,
    implementation and monitoring of the work plan of the humanitarian
    community, soliciting and negotiating inputs with relevant authorities,
    UN agencies, NGOs, etc.
  • Consult on a regular basis with the RC/HC, Heads of UN Agencies
    and Programmes, NGOs heads of mission, the government and the donor
    community on all appropriate aspects of the implementation and delivery
    of humanitarian activities, to ensure that coordination structures at
    local, provincial and national levels operate in a coherent and
    cost-effective manner.
  • Support the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian
    programs, facilitating incorporation of lessons learned, policy
    guidelines etc. into humanitarian response activities.
  • Promote best practices in humanitarian planning, response and evaluation.
  • Promote dialogue, regional alliances, sharing of knowledge and
    resources, among national and, as appropriate, regional humanitarian
    actors in disaster risk reduction, disaster/emergency preparedness and
  • Promote and lead contingency planning processes in close
    cooperation with UNDMT and Regional Disaster Reduction Advisers (RDRA)
    as applicable.
  • Develop joint initiatives on disaster management with other UN
    and (if applicable) regional actors; including early warning mechanisms.
  • Under the overall guidance of the Director of the CRD and in
    partnership with other branches of OCHA, work to reinforce regional
    networks and mechanisms for swift, effective response to emerging
    humanitarian situations.
  • Facilitate inter-agency resource mobilization efforts, including
    the provision of specialized international assistance to respond to
    ongoing as well as new and /or emerging emergencies.
  • Develop, reinforce and maintain effective coordination
    mechanisms with the humanitarian county team and other key humanitarian
  • Establish / manage information management systems to effectively
    map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of
    coordination efforts.
  • Foster and reinforce linkages between field monitoring, information management and coordination efforts.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate assistance to the UN RC/HC and (if
    applicable) the United Nations Disaster Management Teams (UNDMT) in
    response to disasters and emergencies.
  • Support inter-agency efforts to build in-country UN capacity to manage natural disaster response.
  • Provide substantive support and leadership to government
    institutions and local humanitarian entities to build national capacity
    for emergency and/or disaster management.
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Office Management / OCHA Representation:

  • Serve as the OCHA Head of Office in designated duty station,
    providing oversight of all programmatic/administrative tasks necessary
    for the efficient functioning of the OCHA office and any sub-offices,
    and being accountable for the use of resources and for the results
  • Lead work planning and budgeting process, support resource mobilization and ensure sound financial management.
  • Promote OCHA’s mandate, objectives and tools in the designated
    area through contacts with the government, diplomatic missions, UN
    entities, non-governmental organizations and the media.
  • Ensure the Office produces timely, high-quality outputs
    including comprehensive workplans, concise and factual situation
    reports, analytical papers, comprehensive and fact-based information
    products, etc.
  • Ensure regular and effective supervision of OCHA staff,
    particularly by leading, managing, developing, and training staff;
    foster teamwork and communication amongst staff; and strengthen linkages
    between the staff in field, regional and headquarters offices.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the UN RC/HC and / or Director of CRD.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Expert knowledge of complex, multi-faceted
    humanitarian issues with wide exposure to humanitarian and emergency
    relief operations; Ability to advise the UN Resident/Humanitarian
    Coordinator as well as OCHA’s senior management team on tactical
    approaches and techniques to address complex and sensitive humanitarian
    issues; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to
    review and edit the work of others.Excellent understanding of
    institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to humanitarian
    affairs and of the institutions of the UN system, in particular, the
    mandate of OCHA as well as its core policies and guiding humanitarian
    principles;Knowledge of OCHA institutional mandate, its policies, and
    organizational procedures as well as understanding of the core UN
    policies and guiding principles pertaining to international humanitarian
    affairs. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and
    guidelines in work situations. 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.
  • JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a
    complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;
    gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers
    positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes
    decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;
    proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all
    available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that
    the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs
    for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
  • LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to
    follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive
    in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and
    maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs
    and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing
    mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does
    not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
    Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender
    perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in
    all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment
    to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • 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 the 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.
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  • An advanced university Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent
    Degree) in Political Science, Business or Public Administration, Law,
    Social Sciences, International Relations, Economics, Management, or
    related area, is required. A first-level university Degree in
    combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be
    accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible,
    disaster relief coordination, humanitarian assistance, human resources
    management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or
    related field, is required. Five years of experience at the
    international level is desirable. Experience at the senior management
    level is desirable. Experience in coordinating relief/humanitarian
    response is desirable.


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


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 
Application Deadline  4th August, 2016.

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