Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Officier des affaires humanitaires, Bamenda, UNOCHA

Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Officier des affaires humanitaires, Bamenda, UNOCHA

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Job Identification



Bamenda, Cameroon

Posting Date

10/27/2021, 02:48 PM

Apply Before

11/10/2021, 11:59 PM

Job Schedule

Full time





Vacancy Type

Fixed Term

Practice Area



Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration

1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience

Master’s Degree

Other Criteria

OR A first level University degree with a minimum of 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Required Languages

Full professional knowledge of written and spoken English and French

Desired Languages

Knowledge of local languages of the North-West region is preferable: Bakweri; Pidjin;Bakossi; Balondo; Bafo; Oroko, Bayangui.etc.

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Job Description


Given the current crisis in the South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is scaling up its presence to support the mobilization and coordination of an effective and principled humanitarian response.

OCHA Cameroon maintains an office in Yaoundé and field offices in the Far North (Kousseri and Maroua) and in the South-West (Buea) and North-West (Bamenda). The primary objectives of OCHA on the North-West and South-West regions include the following:

Advocate for and facilitate access to humanitarian assistance for affected communities through the collection, analysis and relevant dissemination of information, engagement with representatives of parties to the conflict and the coordination of humanitarian partners in the different coordination forums, working groups and task forces.

Support the development of humanitarian needs overview and humanitarian response plans;

Coordination of the implementation of the humanitarian response plan in the two regions, through   liaison with NGOs, UN agencies and local authorities/communities as appropriate;

Promote a protective environment that respects the protection and dignity of all, including internally displaced populations, returnees and ethnic minorities.

Organize, facilitate and report on various coordination meetings, contribute to the organization of the dedicated event in the regions.

The HAO is required to have comprehensive knowledge of the South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon, OCHA operations, humanitarian partners, operations of the government and NGOs, in-depth knowledge of humanitarian principles and awareness of the protection of civilian policies. The HAO will provide regional knowledge and local networking essential to the credibility and authority of the statements and documents provided by OCHA and the Humanitarian Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities

This section list the primary responsibilities of the position (Typically five).  As needed add additional context below the responsibilities.  Tip: Focus on what the job entails not how to do the job.

Summary of key functions:

Humanitarian situation analysis ;

Information collection in support of informed response;

Organize, facilitate and report on coordination meetings and activities;

Reporting and monitoring of the humanitarian response in different localities in NW and SW regions.

  1. Provide accurate Humanitarian Analysis, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Review and analyze incoming field reports, prepare summaries of field activities and flag important issues to the Head of Sub-Office;

Actively contribute to the preparation of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and HRP Mid-Year Review and End-year Review processes, and any other strategic planning and field analysis initiatives that involve field input and analysis;

Gather and verify information on issues affecting the humanitarian situation and response, emphasizing opportunities for response;

Supports regional analysis.

2) Assists in information management focusing on achievement of the following:

Pro-actively share information with OCHA and relevant stakeholders on pertinent issues;

Identify and analyze key pieces of information that will assist with organizational decision-making with a particular focus on improving humanitarian response;

Support the update and rollout of OCHA information management tools.

  1. Support the existing and the development of new coordination and cooperation mechanisms among stakeholders focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Support existing coordination mechanisms and forums and assist in the establishment of new field coordination mechanisms wherever required.

Establish relationships with key stakeholders, including non-traditional humanitarian actors, in areas of operation to ensure the humanitarian information flow from OCHA to partners and vice versa and ensure their participation in operations.

  1. Provide proper monitoring and reporting focusing on achievement of the following:

Support the collection of field information to monitor and improve ongoing response, coordination activities and information products.

Prepare succinct reports on the key humanitarian issues in the regions and work with division and sub-division level partners to provide analysis on response gaps and advocacy messages.

  1. Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the office and support Country Office efforts focusing on achievement of the following results

Identification of sources of information related to coordination.

Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to country policy goals.

Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice


The overall effectiveness of humanitarian assistance in the North-West and South-West regions is enhanced thanks to well-tailored functional coordination mechanisms. The priority needs of the affected population are identified and shape a robust, adequate and principled response. Strategic and operational coordination allow relief organizations in meeting their respective objectives, built on a strong partnership with relevant parties.


Core Competencies:


Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment



Preparing information for advocacy

Building Strategic Partnerships

Maintaining a network of relevant stakeholders

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

Client Orientation

Establishing effective client relationships


Core Competencies

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity

Demonstrate OCHA corporate knowledge and sound judgment

Self-development, initiative-taking

Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork

Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

Informed and transparent decision making when needed



Master’s degree or equivalent in political science, sociology, law, international relations, journalism and communication, or other related fields;


A first-level university degree with a minimum of 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in humanitarian and inter-agency contexts, dealing with relief issues;

In-depth demonstrated knowledge of humanitarian principles and protection mainstreaming;

Experience in collecting, analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing information;

Excellent report writing skills, in French and English;

Good computer skills with generic tools (in (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.);

Experience working in South-West and North-West regions with the familiarity of humanitarian dynamics for those affected by the crisis in the two regions and displaced elsewhere;

Language Requirements:

Full professional knowledge of written and spoken English and French;

Knowledge of local languages of the North-West region is preferable: Bakweri; Pidjin; Bakossi; Balondo; Bafo; Oroko, Bayangui.etc.


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only candidates who meet the requirements will be contacted for the next step of the recruitment process.

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