Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of an International Humanitarian Affair Officer, the UNV will ensure effective and efficient support on all activities related to Inter Sector Coordination and Programmes while maintaining full confidentiality in all aspects of the assignment, maintenance of procedures, management of information flow, follow up on deadlines and commitments made.

The UNV will work in close collaboration with the UNOCHA team in Nigeria to support the humanitarian community (UN Agencies and partners) to ensure an efficient flow of information, coordination, advocacy, and reporting

Under the direct supervision of an International Humanitarian Affairs Officer the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support local coordination mechanisms through monitoring, analysis, and reports on humanitarian; developments, disaster relief/management, or emergency situations in assigned locations (Lead local coordination groups in deep field locations). • Participates in large, complex organizational and inter-agency projects; participates in mission planning and execution. • Ensures effective and efficient program support for Inter-Cluster Coordination • Support NEMA and SEMA in the coordination of humanitarian assistance by identifying and setting up appropriate structures and preparing relevant inter-sector coordination meetings at the local government level when required. Ensure close consultation and coordination with state and national authorities/partners, • Support the coordination of inter-agency needs assessments and contingency planning in the event of immediate threats; • Assist the preparation and implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) within the framework of the HNO and the HRP for Nigeria • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, and consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters. • Build and maintain relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, and government officials to ensure the effective exchange and dissemination of information; • 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. Makes research of contacts in the media, government, private sector, donors, other agencies, civil society in other stakeholders for OCHA’s advocacy efforts; • Any other assignments at the request of the team lead and/ or colleagues;

Accountability Client Orientation Communication Integrity Planning and Organizing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Working in Teams

Humanitarian response, Emergency preparedness, Crisis/emergency Relief Management, Rehabilitation, Development, or other related area is required. Experience in the field within the context of humanitarian affairs is desirable.

Staff member is expected to reside in UNDSS-approved accommodation in Maiduguri. Maiduguri is the capital city of the Borno State in North-eastern Nigeria. The current security Level is 5, which is only one step below the highest security level classification in the UN (the highest being 6). UN Staff movements are restricted and must comply to UN security measures. Living conditions are demanding and volunteer should be prepared to consider this a hardship post. The local populations are mostly Muslim including Kanuri, Hausa, Shuwa, Bura, Marghi, and Fulani ethnic groups. There is also a considerable Christian population and people from other parts of the country such as the Igbo, Ijaw, and Yoruba. There is a large community of national and international personnel from the UN and from INGOs. Some basic facilities are available. The city has an international Airport which caters to international as well as domestic flights. There are regular direct flights from Maiduguri to Abuja (the capital city) and Lagos in the Southwestern part of the country. In addition, the UNHAS also operates regular flights from Maiduguri to the deep fields of the State to support operational activities of the humanitarian response. The climate is hot semi-arid, especially in the dry season where it can go beyond 40°C.

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