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

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

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Job Identification



Kousseri, Cameroon

Posting Date

10/27/2021, 02:44 PM

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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

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 French and English

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Job Description


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 the OCHA sub-office in Maroua include the following:

Advocate for and facilitate access to humanitarian assistance for communities affected by crisis through collection, analysis and dissemination of information, engagement with the government authorities and support effective coordination of humanitarian action in different coordination forums, working groups and task forces.

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

Coordinate the implementation of the humanitarian response plan by liaising with UN agencies, I/NGOs, and local authorities/communities as appropriate.

Promote and advocate for the respect of humanitarian principles, the International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) and protection and dignity of all, including internally displaced populations, returnees and ethnic minorities.

Organize, facilitate, and report on key issues emerging from various coordination meetings, and contribute to the organization of the dedicated events in the Far North region.

The HAO is expected to have relevant knowledge of all regions of Cameroon, in particular of OCHA operations in the Far North, humanitarian partners presence, operations of the Government and NGOs, etc. In-depth knowledge of the humanitarian principles and awareness of the protection of civilian policies. He/she will apply regional and contextual knowledge and corroborate information through the use of local networking, which is considered essential to the credibility and authority of the statements and documents provided by OCHA and the Humanitarian Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

Information collection in support of response;

Humanitarian situation analysis;

Organize, facilitate, and report on coordination meetings and activities;

Reporting and monitoring of the humanitarian response.

  1. Provide accurate Information Collection in support of Humanitarian situation analysis and response, 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 participate and 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 analysis.

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

Support regional analysis.

  1. 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 information that will assist with organizational decision-making with a particular focus on improving the humanitarian response.

Support the updating exercise and rollout of OCHA information management tools.

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

Support existing coordination mechanisms and assist in the establishment of new field coordination 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 response 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 districts and workings with district-level partners to provide analysis on response gaps and advocacy issues.

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

Identify sources of information related to coordination.

Identify and synthesize of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to country policy goals.

Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice


The overall effectiveness of humanitarian assistance in the Far North region is enhanced thanks to well-tailored functional coordination mechanisms. The priority needs of the affected population are identified and contribute to shaping a robust, adequate and principled response. Strategic and operational coordination allows 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

Client Orientation

Establishing effective client relationships



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 the Far North region and familiarity with the humanitarian dynamics.

Language Requirements:

Full professional knowledge of French and English.


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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