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Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Nationals Only) – UNDP jobs in the Philippines


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Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Nationals Only) – UNDP jobs in the Philippines

  • Location: Manila, Philippines
  • Vacancy No: N/A 
  • Salary: N/A
  • Organization: UNDP
  • Gender: Both
  • Deadline: 2024-03-23

Job Description

Background and Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) and working as an integral part of the organization’s team, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with Government and relief/recovery partners in the formulation of strategies of engagement in support of the mandate of OCHA at both technical and operational levels.

Position Purpose

This will require liaison with relief and recovery agencies, central and local authorities, as well as other actors across areas of operation, to ensure effective and transparent coordination. She/he acts as a Project Manager for the Enhancing Resilient Communities (ERC) Flagship Initiative, and supports community engagement, humanitarian/development Nexus coordination, humanitarian funding appeals, Humanitarian Country Team secretariat functions, and the monitoring and reporting of humanitarian conditions on a regular basis in support of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator.

Functions/Key Results Expected 

Under the overall guidance of the Head of HAT, the HAO/Project Manager will be responsible for the following:

1)         Networking Monitoring and Analysis

a. Regular monitoring and analysis of humanitarian developments to support strategic decision-making and the preparation of analytical reports highlighting social, political, humanitarian, and other relevant factors affecting the overall humanitarian situation.

b. Effective monitoring of humanitarian risks to ensure that contingency plans are consistent and well-coordinated including availability of resources; supporting the inter-agency contingency planning; and

c. Strengthen emergency preparedness measures including drafting inter-agency contingency plans, developing and leading preparedness exercises, monitoring natural disaster trends, and provide preparedness advisory services to local Government and partners.

2.)    Coordination

a. Substantial assistance in the implementation of inclusive, field-level coordination mechanisms, including liaison with relevant UN operational agencies, NGOs, and local authorities.

b. Provide secretariat and coordination support to the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and provide analytic and other recommendatory inputs to humanitarian strategies; and

c. Liaise with humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding partners on the collection of information to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and activities in support of response and recovery coordination efforts.

d. Act as an overall Project Manager of a strategic initiative integrating humanitarian activities with resilience, nexus, climate change adaptation and peacebuilding.

3.)  Advocacy

a. Initiate and support advocacy on issues related to community engagement through the collection of information, liaison with humanitarian and other partners, government officials, and media, development of appropriate strategies, etc.

4.)  Other duties 

a. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Head of HAT.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: Act as an Overall Project Manager of a strategic integrating humanitarian activities with resilience, nexus, climate change adaptation and peacebuilding.


Expected Demonstration of Competencies 

Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination   LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.
  • Human-centered Design: Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.
  • Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.
  • Customer Satisfaction/Client Management: Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and delivery timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfill and understand the real customers’ needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience. Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.


Required Skills and Experience:


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in Social Sciences, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies or a relevant related field is a must OR
  • First level university degree (bachelor’s degree) Social Sciences, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies or a relevant related field in combination of 4 years of relevant experience in lieu of the master’s degree will be given consideration.


  • Minimum of two (2) years (with master’s degree) or four (4) years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant work experience in senior management in the field of Humanitarian Affairs and or international development is required.
  • Relevant experience in working with an UN agency or other humanitarian agency is desirable.
  • Experience in emergency preparedness, community engagement, resilience building, crisis/emergency relief management humanitarian/development, environment, field coordination is an asset.
  • Knowledge of and prior work experience in project management and driving transformational change is an asset.

Language Requirements: 

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Filipino language is required.

Note: Please upload copies of your academic qualifications and 3 latest Performance Evaluations (if applicable)


Applicant information about UNOCHA rosters

Note: UNOCHA reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNOCHA at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience, and educational requirements.


  • UNOCHA has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • UNOCHA is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin, or other status.

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