New UN Vacancy - Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Protection (P4)

Post date: Mar 7, 2012 9:40:09 PM

This position is located in the Protection and Displacement Section (PDS) within the Policy Development Studies Branch (PDSB) in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in New York. The Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Protection reports directly to the Chief of PDS.


Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Protection will be responsible for the (inter alia) following duties:

  • Serves as a senior policy officer and adviser on protection matters.

  • Leads OCHA’s global work on humanitarian access, coordinates the Access Community of Practice and provides support to OCHA field offices in access monitoring and reporting and the development of access strategies; develops policy and messages on access for the ERC and other senior officials (including HCs); trains OCHA staff and other humanitarian agencies on humanitarian access

  • Prepares policy position papers on a variety of issues related to protection and internal displacement.

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on developments related to protection of civilians, with specific attention to areas of OCHA operations/presence.

  • Leads and/or participates in large, complex projects; assists in the coordination of protection efforts within the wider context of international humanitarian/emergency assistance for complex emergency/disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support; drafts situation reports to the international community, apprising of situation to date and specifying/highlighting any issues of concern related to protection.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, social science, international studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in protection, humanitarian affairs, coordination of emergency relief, human rights or other related area. Experience working on legal frameworks pertaining to protection of civilians and/or internal displacement, is required. Experience with drafting legal and policy documents and reports related to protection are also required. Field experience related to protection of civilians in contexts of armed conflict and/or natural disasters is desirable.

Deadline for applications - 27 April 2012

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