United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
OCHA provides critical support to the humanitarian community in the areas of supporting and facilitating the development of policies and approaches to delivery of assistance, coordination, information management, advocacy and public communications, civil-military and access coordination and humanitarian financing. OCHA has laid the groundwork for coordination with the Government at federal and state levels, establishing a platform for response operations has enabled humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving assistance and protection.
Description of assignment title: Humanitarian Affairs Associate
Assignment country: Nigeria
Expected start date: 12/01/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: 1. No poverty
Volunteer category: International UN Youth Volunteer
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNOCHA
Duration: 12 months
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Abuja
Age: 18 – 26
Additional eligibility criteria
This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland and therefore specific criteria apply: – The age criteria is broadened to include candidates who will be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment. – Only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizens or a European Economic Area nationals with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. Selected candidates will be invited for an Assignment Preparation Training (online) in February 2023. The start of the assignment is scheduled for February/March 2023.
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
0 years of experience in 0 to 2 years experience working in humanitarian context, emergency and programme development.
Area(s) of expertise
Crisis and emergency response, Development programmes, Security and protection
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency preparedness, Crisis/Emergency Relief Management, Rehabilitation, Development, or 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 the UN Common System is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable.
Competencies and values
☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☒ Client Orientation ☐ Commitment and Motivation ☐ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☒ Communication ☐ Creativity ☐ Empowering Others ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☐ Leadership ☐ Managing Performance ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☐ Self-Management ☐ Technological Awareness ☐ Vision ☒ Working in Teams
Living conditions and remarks
The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Abuja (Hardship Classification C). Abuja is housed by many expatriate and diplomatic communities. Cost of living in Abuja varies but could be termed as high considering the class of people residing in the capital city. Terrorism is the main threat in the Abuja. General crime is also prevalent. UN staff members are advised to stay only in UNDSS assessed hotels and residential areas. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy