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Humanitarian Affairs Associate at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Humanitarian Affairs Associate at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

About United Nations Volunteer Programme

Through global involvement, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program supports peace and development. We collaborate with partners to promote the importance and universal acceptance of volunteerism while integrating qualified, highly motivated, and well-supported UN Volunteers into development activities. The Executive Board of the UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS receives reports from UNV, which is run by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Job Title: Humanitarian Affairs Associate

Location: Abuja

Job Type: Contract

Job Description

The development of policies and methods for aid distribution, coordination, information management, advocacy, public relations, civil-military and access coordination, and financing for humanitarian projects are all areas where OCHA is a crucial supporter of the humanitarian community.
By creating a platform for response operations and laying the basis for cooperation with the government at the federal and state levels, OCHA has made it possible for humanitarian partners to provide life-saving aid and security.

Job Roles and Responsibility

  • The UN Volunteer will carry out the following duties under the direct supervision of the Civil Military Coordination Officer/Head of CivMil and Access Unit:
  • Helps the Unit and its sub-offices implement the access strategy and coordinate civil and military affairs in the context of northeastern Nigeria.
  • Assist the team in tracking, analyzing, and reporting on human rights developments, emergency circumstances, or disaster relief/management in northeastern Nigeria.
  • Supports follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support access and civil-military coordination work and decision making on crucial issues.
  • Assists the team in reviewing and giving advice on humanitarian access, civil-military coordination, safeguarding humanitarian principles, and ensuring effective delivery of humanitarian help.
  • Working as a team, create and prepare frequent documents and reports on access and civil-military coordination that emphasize pertinent operational and policy issues affecting access, the humanitarian situation, and response actions.
  • Provides rapid analysis and updates to different coordination for a and important stakeholders, and supports the roll-out and upkeep of an access database (Access Monitoring and Reporting Framework (AMRF)), which includes access tracking, reporting, and analysis.
  • Takes part in difficult, large-scale undertakings, such as missions to examine disasters;
  • Assists the Team Lead in coordinating international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complicated emergency/disaster situations and in securing the necessary support (staff, funding, specialized equipment, supplies, etc.); creates situation reports for the international community, updating them on the current situation and identifying any unmet needs.
  • As needed, gives sector/cluster working groups significant support and facilitates communication on issues like access and civil-military collaboration.
  • aids in creating and maintaining connections with representatives of the government, other UN agencies, nonprofit organizations, military interlocutors, diplomatic missions, the media, etc.
  • By gathering data, maintaining contact with aid organizations, government representatives, etc., supports access advocacy actions on problems affecting humanitarian needs and response efforts.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Humanitarian affairs, emergency planning, crisis and emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or a similar field requires a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • It is necessary to have prior experience providing humanitarian aid in the field (the actual location where a mission and/or project are being carried out) during difficult emergencies or natural disasters. A background in the UN Common System is preferred.
  • 0–2 years of experience working in humanitarian situations, emergencies, and program development.
  • Response to crises and emergencies, development initiatives, and security and protection
  • A driving permit
  • English proficiency.
  • 18 to 29 years of age.
  • The candidate must be a national of a nation other than the one in which they will be assigned.
  • Accountability
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Creating Trust
  • Intent on the Client
  • Dedicated and Motivated
  • dedication to lifelong learning
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Developing Others
  • Values and Ethics

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


Only those who are Irish citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area, or people who have been granted refugee status by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform are eligible to apply.
In February 2023, selected candidates will receive invitations to an online training session for assignment preparation.
The assignment is expected to begin in February or March 2023.

Application deadline is 3rd October.

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