The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) established a Country Office to facilitate coordination of the humanitarian response in Iraq. In 2019, the humanitarian community in Iraq will seek to meet the targeted needs of 1.75 million people, a population which includes both in-camp and out-of-camp IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities. Effective coordination and government liaison is a core component of the comprehensive support strategy for the humanitarian community.

The National Humanitarian Affairs Officer will assist the OCHA office in strengthening coordination and communication with JCMC, within the council of Ministers Secretariat and other relevant Government entities.  The Humanitarian Affairs Officer will also conduct information gathering and analysis to improve the overall understanding of the humanitarian context in Iraq, and so contribute to effective and efficient responses to identified needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of the Field Support Unit, the incumbent will be based at the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC) within the council of Ministers Secretariat, which is established and supported jointly by the UN and the Government of Iraq and will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contributes to the preparation of daily and weekly situation reports issued by the JCMC as well as internal OCHA reporting;
  • Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific policy related issues, and responds to inquiries and information requests internally and externally;
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with the UN and JCMC to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific humanitarian issues; serves as a reporter at such events;
  • Maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political and policy developments in specific subject areas;
  • Participates in technical assistance, disaster assessment or other missions to field locations;
  • Establish and maintain close contact with JCMC staff and other relevant Government entities and maintain a contact list of INGO/NGO/UN Agencies and government authorities;
  • Support information flow between the UN and JCMC through coordination meetings, updates regular reporting and other and other for and mechanism;
  • Supports OCHA and JCMC in translating reports and updates from English to Arabic and from Arabic to English;
  • Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Strong knowledge of humanitarian principles, conceptual and strategic analytical capacity. Demonstrated problem solving skills, very good knowledge of UN mandates, demonstrated ability to conduct in depth studies and needs assessments and formulate conclusions/recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.


Teamwork: Sound interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; build consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing: Ability to effectively contribute to unit work program and the execution of the total program and ensure timely delivery of results. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Communication: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills and ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master`s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth science 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 two years with Master’s degree or four years with a first level university degree of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness crisis/emergency relief management. Experience in rehabilitation, development, or other related area is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English & Arabic (both oral and written) is required.



  1. This is an internal/External vacancy announcement.
  2. Priority consideration will be given to internal candidates. If no qualified internal candidate/s is identified. External candidates will be considered.


Interested Applicants of Iraqi nationality only should complete their Personal History (P.11) form which can be

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Note:  The Personal History Profile form must be completed as indicated, including all previous employment titles, month and date of employment, and previous supervisors’ contact information should be provided. Applicants’ eligibility cannot be fully assessed if the Personal History Profile is not properly completed.