Humanitarian Affairs Officer/ Researcher (Temporary Appointment) - Level (NOC) - East Jerusalem/OCHA oPt

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Temporary Appointment, NOC Level
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East Jerusalem
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has responsibility for inter-agency coordination in complex emergencies and natural disasters. In the context of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, the OCHA Office has specific responsibility for (a) disseminating information and policies to the humanitarian community, authorities and donors, as well as supporting resource mobilization efforts; (b) assisting in the identification of humanitarian priorities and needs and the coordination of resource mobilization efforts; and (c) disseminating information on the impact of natural disasters, response there too and the need for international assistance.

This position is located in East Jerusalem, within the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHA oPt). The Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Researcher reports to the Head of the West Bank Field Coordination Unit.


Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Researcher will be responsible for the following duties: 

  1. Leads in designing, drafting and producing research products (in collaboration with the OCHA oPt field team)
  2. Coordinates the production of inter-unit products such as the Facts and Figures and Humanitarian Bulletin  
  3. Manages the Research team including their workload and priorities.
  4. Coordinates the input and drafts the contribution to the monthly Security Counsel Briefing (SCB) and reviews the bi-weekly Protection of Civilian (POC) report.
  5. Conducts humanitarian briefings. 
  6. Provides input into the production of appeals for international assistance.
  7. provides information and advice on a range of related issues. 
  8. Provides guidance to and may supervise new/junior staff.
  9. Monitors, analyzes, and reports on humanitarian and protection developments, or emergency situations in the oPt. 
  10. Organizes and prepares studies on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues.
  11. Documents and provides analysis on trends related to the protection of civilians. 
  12. Contributes to the drafting of situation reports and other reporting products in emergencies.
  13. Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g., participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific issues.
  14. Perform other duties as required.



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


A minimum of (5) five years with Master’s Degree or (7) Seven years with first-level University of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area.

  • Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.
  • Experience in writing/drafting reports or other products on humanitarian or related issues is required.
  • Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in managing information in a disaster response or complex emergencies is desirable. 
  • Knowledge of wide range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues, including knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and knowledge of the Israel-Palestine crisis is desirable.
  • Experience in managing a team is desirable.


Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.    
Assessment: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the OCHA oPt’s website will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Jerusalem time) on the deadline date.

How to apply:

To start the application process, applicants are required to apply via OCHA oPt’s vacancies website by registering their profile and completing OCHA Personal History Form (P11). Only applications received through which should include an up-to-date and complete P11 will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for OCHA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

No Fee



Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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