Humanitarian Affairs Officer

OCHA, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th October, 2020

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Monitoring and Tools Section, Assessment, Planning & Monitoring Branch,Coordination Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in Geneva. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Section.


  • Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Supports OCHA's advocacy efforts to improve humanitarian funding and coordination among donors and implementing organisations by:
  • pro-actively analysing financial information to draw attention to the evolution of resource mobilisation in the framework of the Humanitarian Response Plans and Flash Appeals and the Global Humanitarian Overview; and producing substantive, user-friendly information
  • working closely with other sections in OCHA to support Appeals preparation to ensure accuracy, consistency and clarity of presentation of financial data.
  • supporting/developing Financial Tracking Service (FTS) external partnerships with donors on financial information and analysis and evaluations of humanitarian funding innovations.
  • overseeing FTS support to the CERF and pooled funds, including supervision of analyses of under-funded emergencies.
  • Provides overall strategic direction to further development and popularity of the Financial Tracking Service by:
  • reviewing and implementing procedures to enhance data input (flow and format) from donors, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) members, and other sources of information.
  • managing FTS staff in providing updated financial information on humanitarian funding for internal/external use
  • planning and preparing FTS budget and work programme, including contracting outside services for FTS software design and improvements; pursuing opportunities for earmarked donor funding for FTS and reporting back to donors.
  • proposing improvements of the FTS website and other functionalities and following-up on technical implementation in full synchronization with the other tools of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle.
  • Strengthens FTS capacity to track and analyse humanitarian funding in close collaboration with all essential actors by:
  • establishing and maintaining partnerships with donors, IASC members, and international financial institutes (e.g. World Bank) and contribute to inter-agency and system-wide financing working groups and discussions.
  • establishing and maintaining relations with independent institutions working on automatization of data processes and funding data analysis.
  • Pro-actively seeking more complete information on humanitarian aid flows for recording on FTS, and establishing systems to reliably capture such data; reviewing data for quality, accuracy, timeliness and completeness.
  • consulting IASC members, donors, and other humanitarian partners, identifying and making recommendations on improvements to the production and presentation of financial reports and data quality.
  • contributing to studies on humanitarian financing in collaboration with the Policy Branch and/or other stakeholders;
  • organising follow-up work, including inter-agency technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on IASC resource mobilisation strategies.
  • ensuring appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside the UN system, in particular on reporting of humanitarian contributions.
  • designing, developing and delivering training modules on the humanitarian financing system and the use of FTS; providing coaching to OCHA staff (headquarters and field) to ensure understanding of the financial information, available tools, and presentation layout.
  • enhancing the collaboration between FTS and field colleagues responsible for the FTS (FTS focal point).
  • Demonstrates substantial progress in FTS ability to track and analyze humanitarian funding, and enlarge its reach to better capture financial support to countries affected by humanitarian emergencies in close collaboration with all essential actors:
  • serves as a senior policy officer; advise on overall policy direction on specific issues; and, more generally, reviews and provides advice on a diverse range of policy issues related to financial tracking and monitoring.
  • monitors, analyzes and reports on policy and technical developments that improve analysis of financial flows in response to emergencies including humanitarian and others as needed.
  • ainitiates and coordinates activities related to technical cooperation and technical assistance in financial monitoring and analysis.
  • analyzes and assists in introducing new technologies for more comprehensive tracking and monitoring of financial flows.
  • provides a way forward to reform the Financial Tracking Service, its processes and analytical capacity in support of larger processes on accountability, transparency and information quality.


  • Education: Advanced university degree (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in political or social science, international studies, public administration, economics or in a technical or other or other relevant field is required; a first-level university degree (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in one of the above mentioned academic disciplines in combination with qualifying relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required.
  • Experience in preparation or handling of international statistics and proven skills in financial and quantitative analysis, including writing thereon for the public is required.
  • Three (3) years of recent field experience is required.
  • Relevant experience in the humanitarian financing system is desirable.
  • Relevant experience in appeal / strategic response plan preparation and training is desirable.
  • Technical experience in management and development of databases, websites, and/or software in general is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (both verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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