Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Partnerships)

    Apply by: July 9, 2014
    Organization: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN

    This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

    This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Regional Partnerships Unit and should monitor, provide advice on developing and strengthening, and serve as focal point for a portfolio of OCHA corporate partnerships with priority Member States and Regional Organizations in Asia-Pacific.


    • Monitors, analyzes and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in assigned country/area.
    • Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues.
    • Participates in large, complex projects, to include disaster assessment or other missions; assists in the coordination of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support (e.g. staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of stricken countries.
    • Partners with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations. 
    • Develop and manage partnerships with private sector and/or policy-focused partners, in support of regional preparedness and response efforts.
    • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; ensures the proper use and spending of donor contributions channeled through OCHA.
    • Establishes and maintains contacts with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, media, etc.
    • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms.  
    • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
    • 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 a range of related issues.
    • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
    • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
    • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
    • Performs other duties as required.


    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. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree