Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer OR Research Manager Role

Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer Or Research Manager Role

Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager

Job Opening ID: 230630
Job Network: Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family: Humanitarian Affairs
Category and Level: Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station: New York
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Date Posted: April 16, 2024
Deadline: June 14, 2024

Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role
Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Policy Branch (PB) of the Coordination Division at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. OCHA mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian action globally, ensuring a coherent response to emergencies. The incumbent reports to the Branch Chief.


Under delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager will:

  • Policy Advice:
    • Serve as a senior policy officer, advising on overall policy direction and reviewing diverse policy issues related to humanitarian principles and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
    • Prepare policy position papers for review.
  • Monitoring and Analysis:
    • Monitor, analyze, and report on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management programs, or emergency situations.
    • Develop and maintain a “watch list” of countries with potential for humanitarian crisis.
  • Project Coordination:
    • Lead or participate in large, complex projects, including disaster assessment or other missions.
    • Coordinate international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations.
  • Advocacy and Assistance:
    • Assist in producing appeals for international assistance.
    • Ensure proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
  • Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation:
    • Assist member states in capacity-building for handling emergency situations.
    • Formulate project proposals and relevant documents for technical cooperation and assistance projects in disaster response and preparedness.
  • Reporting and Communication:
    • Organize and prepare studies on humanitarian, emergency relief, and related issues.
    • Provide support and information to relevant entities on specific issues.
  • Partnerships and Coordination:
    • Establish and maintain contacts with government officials, UN agencies, NGOs, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
    • Facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both within and outside the UN system.
  • Budget and Work Program:
    • Participate in planning and preparation of unit budget and work program.
  • Leadership and Mentoring:
    • Provide leadership and work direction to assigned work team.
    • Mentor and supervise the work of new/junior officers.
  • Other Duties:
    • Perform other duties as required.


  • Professionalism:
    • Knowledge of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief, and related human rights issues.
    • Analytical capacity to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of complex issues.
    • Problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve complex issues.
    • Ability to work under extreme pressure, including in highly stressful environments.
    • Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian affairs.
  • Planning & Organizing:
    • Develop clear goals and prioritize activities.
    • Monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary.
  • Creativity:
    • Actively seeks to improve programs or services.
    • Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs.
    • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas.
Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role
Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences, or a related field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or related area.
  • Experience in analyzing and drafting humanitarian policy and reports.
  • Experience in advocacy, communications, consultation, and/or coordination at inter-agency/intergovernmental levels.
  • Experience in program and budget planning and reporting for international organizations is desirable.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of international field experience in aid operations in the last seven (7) years is desirable.
  • Experience working across humanitarian, development, and peace sectors is desirable.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Special Notice

  • This position is funded for a finite period of one year, subject to extension of the mandate and availability of funds.
  • The United Nations is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
  • The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, culture, ethnicity, or disabilities.

United Nations Considerations

  • The United Nations seeks the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
  • Candidates with violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, or other serious offenses will not be considered.
  • The UN promotes equal opportunities and a diverse workforce.
  • Staff members may be subject to periodic reassignment under the UN mobility framework.

No Fee

The United Nations does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

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Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role
Exciting Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Research Manager Role

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